CHARACTER STUDIES: MOSES 49

KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 16:15 ” And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.”

The children of Israel in the midst of their murmurings against Moses decided this time to oppose him without any cause. Korah, a Levite, Dathan and Abiram who were from the tribe of Reuben gathered about two hundred and fifty renown men to oppose Moses and Aaron. They said to them in Numbers 16:3…. “Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are Holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Wherefore then lift ye up yourself above the congregation of the Lord”. The scripture said, when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face”. Moses was alarmed at their action and knew these people were calling for trouble. He bowed before them and before God as a sign that they were acting abominably and must stop. Moses was not swift to call on curses on the people. He exercised a lot of restrain. Just consider the fact that he bowed before them. Every leader, especially anointed men whose words are always followed with something spectacular must restrain themselves. Take a clue from Moses.

What will make other leaders oppose a man of God with grace as Moses? These people have been complaining and murmuring since they crossed the red sea. Now they rise up against Moses. They had made up their minds not to consider any mighty work God did. Since they were not considering the dealings of God and his power in their midst, a spirit of destruction rather took control over them. Every child of God must endeavour to reflect over the word of God and yield to the influence of the word. When men ignore the influence of the word of God, He gives them up, to a reprobate mind. (Romans 1:18-35). Everybody, no matter who you are, do not stop giving attention to the word of God, less an evil influence dominates you. (Hebrews 3:13).

Moses was wrought with them because they did not repent. These men were ultimately consumed, as they were swallowed by the earth. Every other person who was associated with them was also swallowed up. In Numbers 16:35 a fire came from the Lord and consumed the two hundred and fifty. After the death of these people the congregation of the children of Israel, said Moses had killed the children of Israel. They were also plagued with a terrible plague, killing about fourteen thousand seven hundred people. Be careful how you speak against God’s delegated authority.

 PRAYER

O father, help your children to respect your delegated authority, and relate with them as you want, in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 13:1 ” Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

1 Peter 2:13-14 ” Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”

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