Numbers, Are You a One in a Million?

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Blue pill or the red pill?

I remember watching the Matrix for the first time. It was amazing, eye-opening, and inspiring! I also thought, “this is one of the most prophetic movies to ever come out!” Such is the perspective of a young man in his early twenties.

One of my favorite lines of Morpheus: “Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize just as I did that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”

The “path”, to me, meant Jesus. Jesus once said, “I am the way”. Following Jesus is like the Matrix in some ways. For one, it is true that we all are, or were, slaves to sin and so under the control of evil forces.

Consider this Scripture in the Gospel of John:

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…”

“…I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” (John 8:31-32, 34-36 NLT)

This reminds me of something else Morpheus said to Neo: “You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind.”

My point is not to prove that the Matrix is some sort of incognito message from God to us, but that it speaks to people (like me) because there actually are elements of the truth here.

The correlations:

  1. We were made for more than this. (“This” meaning your current experience of life – your “reality”).
  2. There are powerful evil forces at work (even within yourself) keeping you from becoming free as God intended you to be.
  3. It is extremely likely you are helping these evil forces right now and so fighting against the truth and hurting yourself.
  4. Jesus wants to free your mind from fear, doubt, and disbelief and make anything seem possible. Because with God, it is!

It takes a very special person, one in a million really, who will do what it takes to find their freedom. Who will do the hard work of obeying and trusting and loving God and living in the truth. And what is the “truth”?

Jesus! Yes, “truth” is a person.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIV)

In Numbers we read about some men who believed in God. They were virtually untouchable because the Lord watched over them and protected them. They did amazing feats in battle, performed miracles.  They knew God. This last one was the most important element to their freedom. They knew God! Remember Jesus words? “They will know the truth and the truth will set them free!” Above all else we must know God, and trust him with all we’ve got.

The good news is that we are also just as human as Moses, Caleb, and Joshua. These men were among the one-in-a-million who followed, loved, and trusted God in Israel. Here is what God had to say about them:

12 The only exceptions are Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they have wholeheartedly followed the Lord.’ (Numbers 32:12 NLT)

The above verse is referring to the following statement of the Lord where he basically says all the rest of Israel grumbled against the Lord and so he prolongs their stay in the desert until every last man from that wicked generation died.

26 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron: 27 “How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. 28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say: 29 In this wilderness your bodies will fall—every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. 30 Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. (Numbers 14 NIV emphasis mine)

Out of 603,550 battle ready men 20 years old or older, 603,548 of them grumbled against God and were strangers to him in their heart. No wonder the Lord says to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? Will they never believe me, even after all the miraculous signs I have done among them? 12 I will disown them and destroy them with a plague. Then I will make you into a nation greater and mightier than they are!” (Numbers 14:11-12 NLT)

But, by the grace of Jesus, any one of us can be like Moses, Caleb, Joshua, or Enoch, Noah, Elijah, Daniel, John, and even the apostle Paul. We could move into a future of greatness in the Lord’s eyes (probably not in the worlds) and walk with Jesus as close friends. We too can be a one in a million who follows Jesus.

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