We cannot obey the Lord partially

Numbers Bible Background

03.03.2017 – Old Testament: Num 31.13–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 30–31 on March 3, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Have you been in a position where you had people under you, who needed to obey what you said? If so, were you happy with partial obedience from them?

Consider that the Lord wanted Israel to punish Midian, but Israel did not do it fully as He ordered them to do,

And Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the congregation, went to meet them outside the camp. But Moses was angry with the officers of the army, with the captains over thousands and captains over hundreds, who had come from the battle. And Moses said to them: “Have you kept all the women alive? Look, these women caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD. Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man intimately. But keep alive for yourselves all the young girls who have not known a man intimately. And as for you, remain outside the camp seven days; whoever has killed any person, and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves and your captives on the third day and on the seventh day. Purify every garment, everything made of leather, everything woven of goats’ hair, and everything made of wood” (Numbers 31.13–20). 

The Lord knows why He issues His commands, but sometimes humans disagree with Him, thinking they know better. However, all that they accomplish is to anger Him, and you do not want to anger the Lord. Do what He says in the way that He says to do it.


  • Have you thought before that you knew better than the Lord, but found out later that He was correct?
  • Who knows better how to run the world: You or God?

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