… But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable … just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy.
How wonderful that in spite of sin, disobedience, and rebellion, the Almighty Father of all compassions never leaves us without comfort and hope for renewal.
The refusal to enter the Land and the Korah rebellion brought the Exodus generation to a physical and spiritual end. Would the future generations miss on the promises made to Abraham because of a few jealous and disgruntled Levite priests? Let us remember that the promises of God are irrevocable.
The last words of the narrative concerning the Exodus generation are …..These may have been the narrative's last words, but not the last Words of He who actually has the proverbial 'last word'. When Moses' divinely appointed leadership was challenged, the humble prophet went along with it and told everyone, "let's ask God what He thinks" He then proceeded to collect the leadership staff of each tribe to place them in the Tabernacle. "The tribe whose staff buds overnight will be our leader," he said. Everyone agreed. The next day, the sight of dead wood resurrected to life confirmed the choice of the house of Levy with Aaron as the High-Priest.
May we take the time to look at this miracle in a Messianic light? A generation questioned God's leadership and refused to follow the divine command to conquer the land. The Exodus generation Israelites was annihilated but not without the hope of inheriting through their children. Three days after a few disgruntled priests got together to challenge Moses, God confirmed His choice of leadership by resurrecting the stuff of the staff of Aaron to continue leading the Children of Israel to the eventual conquest of the Promised Land. In the same manner, 1,400 years later, another few disgruntled priests convened to challenge the leadership of the 'prophet like Moses'. Three days after His execution, life came back to His dead body to lead the fires of a new generation of Jewish Messianic believers, inheriting the promises leaving behind the corpses of the old generation forty years later!
From the beginning of its turbulent history, Messianic Judaism has suffered near annihilation. After the model of Yeshua, it is now resurrecting in a worldwide fire spreading form country to country, even in Israel. May we never lose hope! God's Word is eternal and doesn't change. The Promises that escape us, our children will inherit!