Friday, February 12, 2010

The Danger of Rebellion

Numbers 16

Korah, Dathan, and Abiram didn’t like Moses, nor did they fear him.
As their insolence arose, they came against him, his will to oppose.
“Moses,” they said, “You’ve gone too far. You act like you’re some super star.
You are high and we are lowly. Have you forgotten that all are holy?”

When Moses heard, he looked down, then told them all to gather around.
“In the morning the Lord will show upon whom His Spirit is bestowed.”
You are Levites—set apart—to care for God’s House with all your heart.
Isn’t that enough for you? Why must you seek the priesthood too?

The Lord has heard you speak against Aaron. He knows your soul is corrupt and barren.
We will see if you are appointed to serve in the role as His anointed.
But since your memory is fleeting, come meet with me at the Tent of Meeting.
I want you to bring your followers too—all two hundred fifty of you.

They came in the morning with incense smoking; their arrogance the Lord provoking.
“Step back, Moses, from this affront. I’m putting an end to this at once.”
But Moses and Aaron cried aloud, “O, Lord, don’t kill the entire crowd.”
They instructed the assembly to move away and wait to see whom God would slay.

The scoffing leaders stood near their tents, the sense of God’s presence was intense.
Suddenly the earth opened wide and all of them fell to their grave alive.
Korah, Dathan, and Abiram with wives and children who stood near them
Were suddenly swallowed by the ground with cries of terror as they went down.

You would think Israel now would learn to honor their God with hearts that yearn
To follow His ways; walk in His path, but sad to say, they earned His wrath.
Once again the people complained causing the plague to fall like the rain.
Fourteen thousand deaths were topped before intercession caused it to stop.

Are you a person always in trouble? Do you live in a rebellious bubble?
You have experienced troubles galore. If you don’t wake up, there will be more.
Now is a time to fall on your face, to cry out to God to pour out His grace.
Today is the day for you to repent, believe on the One whom God has sent.

What will it take to surrender your will enabling God's purpose to be fulfilled?
Does everything have to be taken away before you will come to Him and say,
“Dear God, I’m a fool and I know it. Please don’t let me continue to show it.
I ask you now to change my heart and give to me a fresh new start.”

If you pray this prayer today and if you in His presence stay,
Our Lord will help you overcome all the stupid things you’ve done.
He will make you a new creation; bring peace to your present situation.
He will take your miserable story and use it for His eternal glory.

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