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:
Then Datan (Dathan) and Aviram (Abiram) came out and stood at the entrance to their tents with their wives, sons and little ones. 28Moshe (Moses) said, “Here is how you will know that Adonai has sent me to do all these things and that I haven’t done them out of my own ambition: 29if these men die a natural death like other people, only sharing the fate common to all humanity, then Adonai has not sent me. 30But if Adonai does something new — if the ground opens up and swallows them with everything they own, and they go down alive to Sh’ol — then you will understand that these men have had contempt for Adonai.”
31The moment he finished speaking, the ground under them split apart — 32the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up with their households, all the people who had sided with Korach (Korah)and everything they owned. 33So they and everything they owned went down alive into Sh’ol, the earth closed over them and their existence in the community ceased. 34All Isra’el around them fled at their shrieks, shouting, “The earth might swallow us too!” 35Then fire came out from Adonai and destroyed the 250 men who had offered the incense.
English names for Hebrews are in parentheses placed there by this author
It is a fearful thing to disrespect God. This fear is a mix of knowledge, awareness and respect for authority. It is wisdom.
The fear of Adonai is the beginning of knowledge,but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7
A knowledge of the capability, the consequences, an awareness of the danger that is potential and real, a respect for the nature of anything will give way to wisdom in how that entity is approached.
Working with raw glass is a prime example. Raw glass when mishandled can cause deadly harm. There is a wise, correct way to handle it. There are precautions to take, safety gear to wear and safety measures to follow. Those who do not use wisdom with what they have been taught and proceed with an attitude that they know better, are stronger or bigger than those who gave the instructions are often injured; some of them become drastically impaired if they live.
Knowledge of who God is and what He does was available to these men. They were lacking in wisdom to use that knowledge and live wisely. Fear of God is missing. It is replaced with arrogance and confidence in self. Lack of respect placed them in a position of peril. Paul advises the believer to know God and live wisely. (Ephesians 5:15) This event is recorded for the benefit of all who profess a belief in God, develop a relationship with Him through Christ, and take advantage of the grace offered. Those in this event did none of the above. They had knowledge but self had risen above God and hindered their spiritual eyes and ears to see and hear. They were deceived and it cost them.
The same is true today. Those who are deceived are subject to God’s judgment. It may not come in the form of the earth opening up and swallowing them but it does come in other ways. There are plenty of testimonies available sharing that those whose eyes and ears were opened were able to be freed from the deception.
God is holy, will not be mocked or disrespected, but is also long-suffering and merciful. It is great to be living in the days of grace, having knowledge of Jesus so abundantly available.
Pray – May we bring You praise. May we speak as one whose eyes have been opened; as one who hears God’s words; who sees what Shaddai sees, who has fallen, yet has open eyes. Numbers 24:3
Repent – I repent for those times I did not speak the words you gave, O God. I repent for those who refuse to see or hear your words.
Ask – That spirit that confuses your people; that one who hinders your words from being heard or seen, may you destroy that one. I will call on God and Adonai will save us. He redeems us and gives us peace. Psalms 55
Yes – I will praise you forever for what you have done, and I will put my hope in your name; for this is good in the presence of your faithful. Psalm 52:1
Source: Numbers 16, 24, Ephesians 5:15 and Psalms 52, 55,