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.
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.