For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From Numbers 16:
8Then Moshe (Moses) said to Korach (Korah), “Listen here, you sons of Levi! 9Is it for you a mere trifle that the God of Isra’el has separated you from the community of Isra’el to bring you close to himself, so that you can do the work in the tabernacle of Adonai and stand before the community serving them? 10He has brought you close and all your brothers the sons of Levi with you. Now you want the office of cohen (Priest) too! 11That’s why you and your group have gathered together against Adonai! After all, what is Aharon (Aaron) that you complain against him?”
12Then Moshe sent to summon Datan (Dathan) and Aviram (Abiram), the sons of Eli’av (Eliab). But they replied, “We won’t come up! 13Is it such a mere trifle, bringing us up from a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the desert, that now you arrogate to yourself the role of dictator over us? (ii) 14You haven’t at all brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, and you haven’t put us in possession of fields and vineyards. Do you think you can gouge out these men’s eyes and blind them? We won’t come up!”
*words in parenthesis are English for the Hebrew placed by this author.
The heart of the matter is a grab for power. It is couched in words of men’s reason. But God. Truth is revealed to Moses: “You want the office of priest. That’s why you and yours have gathered against Adonai!” They made it appear to the assembly as if they were against Moses and Aaron for designating themselves as overseers of the assembly. They made it look as if the wandering about in the wilderness was Moses’ and Aaron’s doing. They questioned why they weren’t being taken into the land of milk and honey. They accuse Moses and Aaron of attempting to keep control; have it their way. Moses was able to see the truth of the matter. Moses walked with God and because of this relationship saw beyond the men to the real enemy. “You have gathered against Adonai!” There is only one who defies God impudently and that is Satan the enemy of the human soul. Truth will prevail. Eyes are blinded, the people are manipulated by the lie. “Did God say?” continues to place doubt and cause division.
The political half of the rebellion refused to even come up when Moses called them. Their arrogance is in full view of the people. Their response to Moses clearly shows their intent to take authority from him. They accuse him of blinding the assembly to truth when in fact it is they who do so.
These tactics continue today on so many levels. Satan uses them to divide God’s people at every opportunity and those who are immature are taken in and deceived. The assembly heard and were swayed by those rebelling. None of these were open to instruction from God. They were full of themselves and their ’cause,’ ideologies, thinking that is skewed away from God. Unable to receive correction through Moses, they are left wide open to God’s judgment and correction. Self has once again risen to take its place over God. The move is subtle but can be heard by those whose ears are open to hear.
In this day, self-esteem led to self-awareness and now to self-identity. Who do God’s people seek? Their own identity or God’s? A warning is being sounded, a caution. The question: “Did God really say?” led to a lie. ” He (God) knows that when you eat you will…” And evil was revealed; was birthed in humanity. This deception continues today in the cloak of seeking identity. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, His righteousness is received and identity is revealed. Then all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Pray – Lord we have been given your Word both scripture and in Jesus. May we heed what it says, apply it to our lives, our thinking and actions so we can build your kingdom, not one of our own making.
Repent – Lord, I’m sorry for the movement away from You. Please open eyes and ears to see and hear from you.
Ask – I join with you in asking that we be completely one and those outside the assembly of believers may realize who you are and who you sent. I ask that your love be manifest in how we love one another.
Yes – Righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these people have known that you sent me. I have made your name known to them, and I will continue to make it known; so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I myself may be united with them. – Jesus. I pray this with you, Lord, may it ever be You who is seen and glorified.
May I never be guilty of flattering you with my lips…may my heart be always yours, obvious in what I do and say…careful to follow your commands, to give you honor and respect.
Source: Numbers 16 and John 17