In Chapter 30 we are looking at more very detailed instructions from God about His temple as well as the recipes for the anointing oil and incense.
Verses 11 to16 seems to take a little side trip to deal with census taking. The experience of David’s day (2 Samuel 24) showed how dangerous such an activity was considered. God tells each person to pay a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. God gave His people a “way out” so they would not be destroyed.
These verses brought to mind another verse in 1 Corinthians 10. In chapter 10 it talks about the wanderings in the dessert and how God’s people chose to “set their hearts on evil things.” It is a warning by the example of the bad choices that the people of Israel made and how they suffered because of these choices. In verse 13 God warns us about sin—but He doesn’t leave us alone in this–He promises us a way out. “But when you are tempted, He will provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Sin can be like this luscious ice cream sundae with lots of hot fudge and nuts and a cherry on top. It looks so good— yet when we eat it we discover it has a bomb inside that blows up in our faces. Sin is always destructive. God has promised to always provide a way out for us —but it is our choice to take that way out. The best way of course is to never take that first bite—it gets harder the more we eat—the more we go down that road and take part in the sin. God has given us a ransom in His Son for all of our sin but His heart is that we do not get entangled in it at all. God’s heart is one of forgiveness and of protection.
Do I take God’s way out when I’m tempted or do I indulge my desires?
Do I try to take care of it myself first?
Do I recognize not only God’s heart of forgiveness but of protection for me?