Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 25:1-26:65
The Lord issued the following command to Moses: “Seize all the ringleaders and execute them before the Lord in broad daylight, so his fierce anger will turn away from the people of Israel.” –Numbers 25:4
Dictionary.com defines ringleader as “a person who leads others, especially in opposition to authority, law, etc.: a ringleader of revolutionary activities.”
I guess it’s safe to say that God was displeased with the ringleaders who led the men to defile themselves by having sex with the Moabite women (Numbers 25:1-3).
What did these ringleaders say to these men to get them to go against God’s Law?
Today’s reading doesn’t say, but here are a few possibilities:
- These Moabite women are different; they’re not that bad.
- It’s only this one time, no one will know.
- God made our sexual desires.
- If God didn’t want us to be with these women He should have kept them out of our sight.
- Moses may have just made up this law because he’s to busy to go with us.
- They’re having an amazing feast! Aren’t you tired of this manna?
- We don’t want to be rude, that’s not neighborly.
Have you ever had any of these thoughts before? Where did they come from?
Were you following a ringleader?
Whether someone was trying to lead you astray or the conversation was going on in your head, you were most likely following the master ringleader, Satan. He is continually working to get us to go against the authority of our Heavenly Father.
The first question we should always ask ourselves when we are tempted to go against what we know is right is, “Who is talking to me?”
Am I the only person who has thoughts going through their head every waking moment and sometimes when I sleep?
Where do those thoughts originate?
Sometimes it’s God, sometimes it’s Satan, and sometimes it’s our human desires?
As a Christian trying to live a life that is pleasing to God, our goal is to listen to God, not Satan, or our own desires.
How do we know it’s God talking to us? We must know His voice.
How do we know His voice?
- Read God’s Word, the Bible-I believe we need to read it all to really know the nature of God; that’s why I love the One-year Chronological Bible. Because it’s written in the order that the events happened, it’s much easier to understand
- Pray-talk to God
- Meditate-silently wait for God to speak to you
- Analyze your thoughts-where did that thought come from? God, Satan, or my own desires
- Keep a journal-everything is clearer when you write it down
Just like the ringleaders in today’s reading Satan will ultimately be put to death, but until that day our goal must be to follow hard after God (Psalm 63:8) and run from the ringleader who’s desire is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).
Heavenly Father, we don’t want to be deceived. Give us supernatural wisdom to know Your voice AND to know our enemy’s voice. Speak loudly Lord.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 27:1-29:40