Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 12, 2014

We may confess and make restitution, but God is the One Who seeks and saves, Who redeems and restores.

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 5:5-10.

“5 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 6 “Speak to the sons of Israel, ‘When a man or woman commits any of the sins of mankind, acting unfaithfully against the Lord, and that person is guilty, 7 then he shall confess his sins which he has committed, and he shall make restitution in full for his wrong and add to it one-fifth of it, and give it to him whom he has wronged.  8 But if the man has no relative to whom restitution may be made for the wrong, the restitution which is made for the wrong must go to the Lord for the priest, besides the ram of atonement, by which atonement is made for him.  9 Also every contribution pertaining to all the holy gifts of the sons of Israel, which they offer to the priest, shall be his.  10 So every man’s holy gifts shall be his;  whatever any man gives to the priest, it becomes his.’”  Numbers 5:5-10.


The emphasis of today’s Scripture on restitution reminds me of the story of Zaccheus and how gladly Zaccheus offered restitution.  And yet, there is a surprise ending.

“He (Jesus) entered Jericho and was passing through.  And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus;  he was a chief tax collector and he was rich.  Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.  When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”  And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly.  When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”  Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.”  And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Luke 19:1-10.

Zaccheus was not saved, because he offered restitution, even way beyond what was required.

Zaccheus was saved, because he was one of the elect which Jesus meant by the phrase “son of Abraham”.  Zaccheus was saved, because Jesus was the Faithful One Who sought out and saved all of the elect who were lost.

We have a lot of duties, but we are not saved because we offer to fulfill those duties or even do in fact try to do them.

We read a lot of Scripture and go to church a lot, but we are not saved because we do so.

We may confess and make restitution, but God is the One Who seeks and saves, Who redeems and restores. 

“The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold.”    Job 42:10.

“Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!  When the Lord restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.”  Psalm 14:7.

“He restores my soul;  He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”  Psalm 23:3.

“The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health.”  Psalm 41:3.

“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.”  Psalm 51:12.

“O Lord God of hosts, restore us;  Cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.”  Psalm 80:19.

““At that time I will bring you in, Even at the time when I gather you together;  Indeed, I will give you renown and praise Among all the peoples of the earth, When I restore your fortunes before your eyes,” Says the Lord.”  Zephaniah 3:20.

“So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing;  and they glorified the God of Israel.”  Matthew 15:31.

Our faith is not in ourselves, but rather, our faith is in the Faithful One.


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