In Numbers today we read about the Lord gathering his people, consolidating their power, and beginning to defeat the enemies of both God and his people. On this day of Pentecost we do well to think about the way the Lord has taken his people where they have been scattered and mobilizes them to proclaim his kingdom on earth, wherever he brings us. Even we evil people, as evil as the faithless Israelites, are used by our Lord as his hands, reaching into our surroundings, bringing his justice, his righteousness, and the message of reconciliation. For in his death on the cross, in his victory over death and the grave, in his resurrection, in his pouring out of the Holy Spirit, he has surely broken down the wall of separation which our sins have erected between man and God. God's righteous wrath against sin has been poured out on Jesus and is remembered no more. Thus has our Lord broken down the wall of separation which our sins have erected between God and man. Now we work, carrying his word with us, loving our neighbors, even if that love for our neighbors involves condemning those who would bring destruction on this world.
Let us look to our Lord, who has brought us together to serve him in every nation.