In Numbers 11:14, Moses complains to God: “I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.”
Nowhere in the Bible does God say that serving as King for “time without end” is too heavy.
But Jesus Christ the sinless and blemish-free Son of God says and does all that the Second Person of the Trinity would say and do in a human body on earth…and He is crucified.
Do we really think that God would want this same rebellion imported into heaven for all eternity?
This complaint of Moses in Numbers 11:14 occurs at the start of the Exodus.
When the time comes that Joshua is to lead the Israelites into the military campaign to conquer their Promised Land of Canaan, the people have been tempered by the 40-year wandering in the wilderness.
The people are now able to exercise the self-government of voluntarily chosen virtue, so that Joshua does not have to “carry them” (Num. 11:12) as they order for battle.
Joshua did not have to field complaints and murmurings from the people, determined themselves to do the right thing.
There is something deeply right about giving God the benefit-of-the-doubt by releasing some aspects of self-rulership and placing some initial, beginning faith and trust in the God of the Bible…to give Him a trial period of testing to see if He is real and reliable.
There is something fundamentally wrong with staying stubbornly in the self-sovereignty of sitting atop the thrones of our lives as supposed junior gods, if for no other reason than that we do not have access to the final end-points of the broad array of moral concepts to perfectly inform our choices and decisions.
The most brilliantly loving thing God could do for us is to set-up a program of salvation by grace through faith in Christ, wherein we could develop through first-hand life-events the discernment to be able to effectively govern ourselves through our voluntary choice to value and pursue virtue, being a kingdom of people God could and would gladly rule over for an eternity.
This is an excerpt from my book Pondering Our World: Christian Essays on Science and Faith.