May 17, 2018

When I worked for Ma’s Cycles in West Fargo we had a mechanic named Gary Dame. Gary only worked on old Triumph Motorcycles; mostly those that were manufactured in the late 50’s and all through the 60’s. If he needed parts for them he would always try to get original replacement parts that had never been sold or used. The parts were called ‘NOS” or New Old Stock. A dealer would still have them on his shelf, they had never been sold, they were in the original box and they were new; hence new old stock.

Numbers chapter 26 reminded me of New Old Stock. This was a new generation that was about to enter the Promised Land. The old generation had all died off in the wilderness and it was time for the new generation to take the land that the old generation had forfeited because of their unbelief.

Numbers 26:1–2 (NLT) — 1 After the plague had ended, the Lord said to Moses and to Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, 2 “From the whole community of Israel, record the names of all the warriors by their families. List all the men twenty years old or older who are able to go to war.”

Even though this was a new generation they were still called by the old name of Israel. Which meant that all the old original promises of God were still on the shelf for this new generation to take hold of. It is so encouraging to know that God does not renege on his promises. If they are not claimed by some they are still on the shelf for those who do claim them. For us all the promises of God are yes  and amen in Jesus. For us his promises are truly ‘NOS’. Just because our ancestors didn’t make use of them doesn’t mean that we can’t.

Numbers 26:4 (NLT) — 4 “List all the men of Israel twenty years old and older, just as the Lord commanded Moses.” This is the record of all the descendants of Israel who came out of Egypt.

This new list of names of the new generation guaranteed that those on the list, those who had come out of slavery in Egypt, would inherit the old allotment of the new land that was promised by God. They would get their inheritance promised under the Old Covenant. When we yielded our live to Jesus he pulled us out of slavery to sin and wrote our names in the Book of Life. We are on the list! We will inherit our allotment of land in a New Heaven and a New Earth.

Numbers 26:9–11 (NLT) — 9 and Eliab was the father of Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. This Dathan and Abiram are the same community leaders who conspired with Korah against Moses and Aaron, rebelling against the Lord. 10 But the earth opened up its mouth and swallowed them with Korah, and fire devoured 250 of their followers. This served as a warning to the entire nation of Israel. 11 However, the sons of Korah did not die that day.

The son’s of Korah did not die that day lets me know that though I am a new generation Christian God still has plenty of ‘NOS’ grace available for me and you:)

Numbers 26:19 (NLT) — 19 Judah had two sons, Er and Onan, who had died in the land of Canaan.

Er and Onan we wicked guys that God killed. Though I am a new generation I am reminded of the old way that the wages of sin is death.

Numbers 26:64–65 (NLT) — 64 Not one person on this list had been among those listed in the previous registration taken by Moses and Aaron in the wilderness of Sinai. 65 For the Lord had said of them, “They will all die in the wilderness.” Not one of them survived except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.

This again reminds me that the old generation didn’t experience the Promised Land because of their unbelief. Unbelief is a sin that will always keep us from attaining the blessings and promises of God. We need to be equipped with the original ‘NOS’ of faith. We must believe that God will always do what he promises even when it looks like he isn’t going to come through. Caleb and Joshua believed God but they still had to wander about in the wilderness for forty years until that faith brought them into the Promised Land.

Be Inspired Hilltop!