We’re all told to do something we can’t.
In Numbers, God’s people are told that in order to obey the law, they are to make all kinds of sacrifices to God. But they can’t.
They are told to make grain, oil and and wine sacrifices and offerings, but they don’t have any of that.
They’re in the desert.
And there’s no Desert Costco where they can get it. But Numbers also envisions a future where they will be able to obey. The promised land.
- We, too, are told to obey and can’t. But scripture envisions a future where we can, too.
We don’t have to stay no-growth stuck. Israel was stuck with just manna. But someday they would enter Canaan and have the ability to obey.
Despite their failures and sin.
In the same way, we’re able to obey. Because we have a sacrifice that allows us to. Jesus.
Hopefully, more and more each day, our failure and sin turns to loving obedience as we grow in our love for the ultimate sacrifice.
The gospel takes us on this journey from having to obey to wanting to obey.
And obedience is the gateway drug.
We may not even want to at the time, but after we do- we’re like wow, that was pretty cool. And then we act shocked and surprised that God really does know what’s best for us… and our heart changes a little more.