Today’s Reading: Numbers 16
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. Someone has said, “the one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history.” First, the judgment 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:
Some time ago, Norma-Jean and I sat at lunch with a precious couple who were hurting. They had planted several churches in their years of ministry, but recently their leadership had rejected their latest plan to plant a church 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 accompanied our tour group to Israel. While we were touring Israel, Don Simmonds, then Chairman and CEO of Crossroads Christian Communications announced that he was sending Ron and Ann Mainse to help lead our tour group through Israel. I’m ever so glad he did. Ron baptized about 60 people in the Jordan River. I realized that at that time I would not have had the strength to do this. Thank you Don and Ron. I support totally the leadership God has sent to CCCI/CTS, as well as that in our local church. The present Global CEO is Dr. John Hull. Ron serves as Chief Ministry Officer.