Suggested Reading: Numbers 16
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Key Verse: Numbers 16:9a, 10
Is it a small thing to you…that He has brought you near to Himself, you and all your brethren, the sons of Levi, with you? And are you seeking the priesthood also?
Twice in our reading, Moses fell on his face before God (verses 4 & 45) in intercession for the people. He was desperate for God’s mercy upon the rebellious people. The one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history. First, the judgement of God came on those who coveted the positions of Moses and Aaron, and then by a plague that took the lives of 14,700 people. Earlier we read about the carefully crafted laws for the health of the people, and we don’t know what disease hit them. Perhaps, if those who rejected Moses’ leadership had left quietly, the tragedies could’ve been avoided.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord, please help me to be loyal to the leaders you have chosen, and if I cannot support them, may I have the grace to leave quietly so as not to damage Your work in any way. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Yesterday, Norma-Jean and I sat at lunch with a precious couple who were hurting. They have planted several churches in their years of ministry, and recently their leadership has been rejected by their latest church plant in a remote northern community. In order not to damage the congregation which they love, they moved about 50 miles away without making a fuss. I’m proud of them. It wouldn’t surprise me if they planted another congregation in the north. They are members of our tour group here in Israel. About three weeks ago, Don Simmonds, our Crossroads Christian Communications Chairman and CEO called me to announce that he had made an executive decision to send Ron and Ann Mainse to help lead the tour group throughout Israel. I’m ever so glad. Ron baptised about 60 people in the Jordan River this week. I realized that I would not have had the strength to do this. Thank you Don and Ron! I have a streak of royal blue loyalty up my backbone. I support totally the leadership God has sent to CCCI/CTS, as well as that in our local church.
Yours for recognition and support of God’s chosen leaders,