Bible In One Year-Day 65 (Thursday, March 06, 2014)
Commentary16-18. The devastation rebellion could bring to a camp or group is enormous. God does not take it lightly when it comes to rebellion. In chapter14:4, the Israelites decided to select leaders and return to Egypt. Which means that God was totally rejected; rebellion brings about rejection of God’s order. Going by the number of days in which they spied the land, it would have taken them less days to journey into the Promised Land. Unfortunately, rebellion caused them to journey it in 40years, Num14:34.
Though the men who brought bad report of the land died of plagues, the spirit of rebellion still lingers. That was the spirit that worked in Korah, Dathan and Abiram. They confronted Moses saying that he was too much of himself. These were renowned men amongst them. By church history, these were the men who acted as intermediary between the Egyptian task masters and the Israelites; so they really enjoyed finding favor with the task masters against their fellow tribe’s men. They were informants to the task masters. So when Moses came to tell them they had to leave Egypt, they thought of what will befall them if they lost the position of foremen over the Israelites. These were the people who wanted to go back to Egypt. In Num16:13, they accused Moses of acting like a prince over them. You need to know that Korah was a Levite. In this wise did Moses made him to realize that it was true that God had chosen you to do the work of the tabernacle, i.e. be of help in some activities in the temple, but that was not a privilege to take the place of a priest as to talk against Aaron and himself, Num16:8-12. He even sent for Dathan and Abiram, but because of over familiarity, they refused to answer him. The insult on Moses was too much that God wanted to destroy them all, but the meek Moses pleaded for them. God now asked the congregation to make a choice either to be in the rebellious tent or on the side of the Lord. He even went to meet Dathan and co, yet they despised him. They thought they could carry the censer at the altar without God instructing them. The story was not too sweet for their families. God hates rebellion; it was the sin of Lucifer. His wrath is grievous on the rebellious, Eph2:2/5:6/Col3:6.
Miriam, Moses’ sister, also paid dearly for her slander against the calling of Moses. Do you know we never heard of Miriam again until her death in Num20? Rebellion against God’s authority can make a person’s name to be forgotten totally. Many men of God had faced this dilemma at one time or the other. The head of prayer warriors, head usher or other key post holders became their Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Their acts shrunk the congregation and almost make the church go astray. This is why I always say that if you are not called and commissioned by the Spirit of God, don’t go into ministry because you loved the way your pastor is being respected. Moses would have been finished if he had answered God’s call in the flesh. Ezekiel said in Ez2:2, that the Spirit entered into him and set him on his feet. If you don’t have the commissioning of the Spirit one cannot be set on the feet when the troubles of ministries come. But with genuine calling and you are doing the work with one heart, God will defend His interest; Isaiah 59:19 “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him”.
A man of God that operates in the fullness of the Holy Spirit need not defend himself; he will rather call on the God who called and chose him, Num16:28-30. Just as God declared in Num17:5, He will show who He has chosen. Every officer in the household of God could be holding a rod each, there is only one rod that will blossom; the chosen. This is not for the men of God alone but every child of God with the fullness of the Holy Spirit and abiding by the word of God will enjoy the benefits of divine protection. God fought for Joseph in a mysterious way, He stood by the three Hebrew children in an unimaginable manner; He is standing by you to fight your course. According to Num17:10, God knows how to silence the rebels with testimonies.
That God shall be your God in this new month of March in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. This is the month of unusual encounter with the Holy Spirit; He will increase in you and you shall be increased on every side. The next mile on the trip is Num19-21. Keep the fire burning and alive. GOD IS A MAN OF WAR!!!