Some passages of the Bible seem tedious. The point of Numbers is that God was teaching an unholy people how to live with a holy God. It is why there are seemingly endless instructions about the precise way that the Tent of Meeting (where God dwelt in the centre of the camp) was to be taken down and set up. Interestingly, even here, we get a glimpse of God’s love and care for his people. In Numbers 4:18-20, God reminds Aaron to be careful about making sure that the Kohathites were carefully instructed so that they wouldn’t die. God cared that the Kohathites fulfill their sacred responsibility, but that they were also kept safe while doing so.
Our passage in Luke points to the fact that God has made a way for us to have a relationship with him without the onerous regulations of the Law. God was sending a redeemer who would make a way for us to “serve God without fear in holiness and righteousness”(v.74). Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the Law and allowed us to have direct access to God, our Father, through the Holy Spirit. What an amazing gift. We can have an intimate relationship with the living God without fear. Knowing that Jesus is now with us brings a preciousness to Psalm 34. David testifies that in his suffering, he found God with him. How much more so, now that we have the Holy Spirit! Eugene Petersen renders verse 18:
“If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.”
This has proven true in my own life, over and over. When our daughter was struck with cancer, I felt Jesus by my side, allowing my heart to know that we were safe in him. No matter what happened, He was with us. I sang a song I learned as a new Christian many times during those days:
“God will make a way, when there seems to be no way.
He works in ways we cannot see, he will make a way for me.
He will be my guide, hold me closely to his side.
With love and strength for each new day, God will make a way.
Yes, he will make a way.” - Don Moen
Member of the Foothills family