Today’s 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 judgment of God came upon 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. Judgment can be averted by genuine repentance.
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. I repent for my failure to recognize from time to time Your appointments to positions of leadership authority. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
In five hours my precious Norma-Jean arrives with a wonderful group of friends at Ben Gurion Airport here in Israel. I’ll meet them there and by bus we’ll proceed to travel through Beersheba, Abraham’s main residence, down, down through rugged country as pictured above to a hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea. Please remember us all in your prayers.
I’ve been learning about leadership this week, both in the life of Moses and in the lives of the leaders here in the “822call” (Zechariah 8:22) Conference: David Damien M.D. and Rev. Dr. Gideon Chiu of Zion Church in Vancouver. We read earlier this week from Numbers 11 where God gave Moses 70 elders to stand with him and advise him. David and Gideon have two groups active this week as they lead a conference of approximately 4,000 people from many countries (about 1,000 from The People’s Republic of China) and many different Christian bodies. I’m part of a group of 40 which meets twice each day and then this group is joined by about 120 others once a day. As long as time permits we are encouraged to stand and share what we believe we should say and do in the upcoming sessions (three each day). I’m amazed how well this works. There is unity here that is heartwarming and God works mightily where there is love and respect one for another. I encourage readers to check out the sponsoring ministry and leadership team here.
Yours for recognition and support of God’s chosen leaders,
P.S. Every Fall there are those with us who want to reconfirm their baptism, and some are first-timers, by going into the Jordan River as Jesus did.