The current status of our justice system is bloated and overreaching. Sometimes we wonder if our representatives are actually advocating for our wishes or their own tenure. It’s easy to become disenchanted with all the branches of government. In Numbers 27-29, we see the original care of a God who desires equal representation and equal opportunity.
An equal opportunity social issue arises before Moses, the lawgiver, is taken to be with the God of Abraham. The daughters of Zelophehad appealed to Moses for their deceased father’s name’s sake. They were in danger of coming into a land totally deprived of any opportunity. Why should they lose out on the blessing of God? Moses could have made a decision. He was trained in the best schools in Egypt and had been walking with God for over forty years, but he does not. As was his habit, he counselled with God regarding this situation.
The second equal opportunity issue was a successor issue. Who would secure the nation’s possession for them? The nation of Israel needed a shepherd who could provide and protect. Without one to represent them, they would be scattered and vulnerable.
The third equal opportunity issue was a spiritual one. The spiritual need of Israel surpassed all other needs. Clearly, Moses’ summary of these final details was to instil in them the importance of the sacrifices. If you calculate the number of sacrifices the Israelites offered up in a year, it is astounding. Every year 1,035 lambs, 29 rams, and nearly 100 bulls were slaughtered! Sin’s price tag is always more than we want to pay.
All three of these issues required a mediator. Whether it was God, Moses, or the priests, someone had to bridge the gap between blessing and bereavement, victory and vulnerability, favor and fate. Jesus Christ is our mediator. “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). He ushered us into the inheritance of blessing because we have an advocate in Christ (Ephesians 1). Jesus sees the multitudes and has compassion. He took the initiative to provide (Mark 6) and protect (John 10) His flock. All of our weaknesses are complete in Christ and now we can come before the throne of grace with our requests (Hebrews 4:14-16).
We have an advocate who leads us into favor with God. Praise God for our Great Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5)!