Opposing the Word
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Numbers 16:23,24
Read Numbers 16:28-33
It may seem that Korah, Dathan and Abiram had a point when they challenged Moses and Aaron’s leadership position over the nation of Israel. Did Moses not have too much authority over them? These men forgot, however, that the Lord Himself had presented Moses to the nation. He would speak to the people through His servant Moses. Consequently, their opposition was not simply against Moses, but against the Word of God. The Lord preserved His people. His purpose was to bring them to the land of promise, but they did not trust the Word of the Lord. Instead, they set themselves against His will.
It is terrible when people set themselves against the Lord and His Word. How do you regard God’s Word? This precious gift has been entrusted to you through your parents and the church. They have not given you their own thoughts and opinions on various subjects, they have given you the Word of the living God. You need to discern the hand of God through this, reaching out for your preservation and eternal well being.
We so often see man’s heart willfully refuse to bow before the Lord. Our hearts are no different. We are inclined to place ourselves above God, seeking to do our own will. But the Lord still seeks your well being, and desires to renew your heart through His Word and Spirit. When this happens, all your opposition will be broken down and transformed into humble obedience to the Word of the Lord.
We read about the terrible consequence of rebellion and disobedience to God. The three rebels and their families sank down into hell as the earth swallowed them up. The Lord desires to save you from such a terrible end.
Thought: Mankind is responsible for his sinful choices.
Psalter 254: 4,5 (based on Psalm 95) Take heed and harden not your heart As did your fathers, nor depart From God to follow in their ways; For with complaints instead of praise, With doubt instead of faith confessed, They put His mercy to the test. Take heed that ye provoke Him not As did your fathers, who forgot, With erring heart, God’s holy ways And grieved Him all their sinful days; To whom in wrath Jehovah swore, My promised rest they shall not share.