Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 16:1-18:32
Heavenly Father, as I read the rebellious words that Korah, the Levite and his friends from the tribe of Reuben spoke to Moses and Aaron I cringed at their nerve.
They united against Moses and Aaron and said, “You have gone too far! The whole community of Israel has been set apart by the Lord, and he is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the Lord’s people?” —Numbers 16:3
Lord, are Your people guilty of rebellion against Your chosen leaders in today’s world?
I’m afraid so. It’s so easy to read this story and think, “How dumb can you get?” “Who in their right mind would question Moses and Aaron’s special anointing?”
But don’t we do the same things Sunday after Sunday. On the drive home for church or over lunch we pick apart our pastor’s…
- Choice of clothing
- Hair style
- Length of sermon
Lord, help us to understand that when we criticize our spiritual leaders we’re really criticizing You.
Moses said to Korah: The Lord is the one you and your followers are really revolting against! —Numbers 16:11
God, help us to realize how much You despise disrespect of Your chosen ones.
He had hardly finished speaking the words when the ground suddenly split open beneath them. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men, along with their households and all their followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned. So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel. —Numbers 16:31-33
Holy Spirit, show us our areas of rebellion. Convict us when we gossip, complain, and act in ways that aren’t pleasing to You. Stirring up trouble and sowing discord are definitely sinful acts.
Lord, forgive us and help us to repent and change our ways.
Lord, help us to realize respecting our spiritual leaders is respecting You and that Your leaders are accountable to You and You will deal with them.
We trust Your judgment Lord.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’ Scripture Reading: Numbers 19:1-21:35