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A negative translation!

Scripture Reading for February 15: Numbers 17-20

God’s wrath against rebellion is recorded for us.  The earth actually opened up and swallowed Korah, a son of Levi and other leaders of Israel. (Numbers 16:31-34)  The Israelites heard their screams as they fell to their deaths. It’s so easy for people to criticize leadership.  Each person thinks they see a different or better way to do things.  And each leader has his own faults as well for none are perfect!  God chooses leaders and places them in authority.  When we rebel or criticize leadership, we are rebelling and criticizing God and He is not pleased with grumbling and rebellion!

In Numbers 17, we have a record of God’s mercy towards the people of Israel.  He had the leaders of each tribe bring their staffs and lay them before the Lord in the Tent of Meeting.  The next morning, Aaron’s staff had budded, blossomed, and produced ripe almonds! (Numbers 17:8)  The other staffs were still dry sticks of wood!  God had demonstrated his choice of authority!  Only Aaron and his sons would be High Priests!  Moses was to take this rod and place it in the Tabernacle of Testimony as a reminder of God’s chosen authority.

This incident is a picture of Jesus Christ as God’s chosen authority!  He meekly and obediently followed God’s instructions as he lived and walked on earth. He lived a sinless life and was crucified and laid in a tomb.  All religious Jews had criticized His leadership and servant ministry.  But God raised Him from the dead!  He produces fruit in raising to eternal life all who put their trust in Him.  He is presently God’s “rod of authority” seated at God’s right hand.  He is our High Priest forever!  He ever lives to make intercession for us!  What a pleasure to trust God’s authority!  All those who won’t trust will end up like Korah!  The earth will open up and Sheol will swallow them with weeping, crying and gnashing of teeth!

Take some time today and pray for those in authority over you. Give them a call or drop them a note and let them know that you appreciate them. Practice giving honor to God’s chosen authority! “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” 1st Peter 2:17)

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