february 28, 2021


Numbers 17 to 19 

Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes


Jehovah Mekaddishkem - The Lord Who Sanctifies You (Exodus 31:13, Leviticus 20:8)

I praise You, Jehovah Mekaddishkem, because You lead me to do that which is opposite of my human nature. You are the Lord who makes me holy. You are the Lord who separates me from the world to be the vessel that you desire me to be. I don't trust in my own strength or ability to separate from the world. I am thankful that You choose weak vessels, like myself, to accomplish Your will. I thank you for the conviction and promptings of the Holy Spirit that help me to stay on the path of righteousness.


Big Daddy Weave - If You Died Tonight


"And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, 'If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all."

~Mark 9:35


In Jon Courson's commentary for Numbers, he writes, "we think we know who should be in power. In reality, we know oh, so little - as verified by the following newspaper article...Suppose tomorrow is Election Day. It's time to elect a new world leader - and your vote counts. Here are the choices: Candidate A consults with astrologers. He's had two mistresses, chain-smokes, and drinks eight to ten martinis a day. Candidate B was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college, and drinks a quart of brandy every evening. Candidate C is a decorated war hero, a vegetarian, is monogamous, doesn't smoke, and drinks only an occasional beer. Candidate A was FDR, Candidate B was Winston Churchill. Candidate C was Adolph Hitler." In pride, we elevate our own intellect, our own opinions, our ability to choose. But in reality, we know very little, God is sovereign and is in complete control over the choices which enter office. This does not mean we should not evaluate each candidate as to how their qualifications measure up to Biblical standards, but ultimately, God knows who supposed to be leading.

Back in Numbers 16:3, we read the words of Korah and the team he assembled, "They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them. "You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?" In 16:13, we read from two other leaders: Dathan and Abiram, "Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you should keep acting like a prince over us?" But we know that Moses did not elevate himself, but was chosen for this role, by God, back in Exodus 3. Because the people in their pride still could not accept Moses and Aaron as their appointed leaders God gave them one more example. We read in Numbers 17:1-2, "And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to the children of Israel, and get from them a rod from each father's house, all their leaders according to their father's houses - twelve rods. Write each man's name on his rod." In 17:5, we read, And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel, which they make against you." As the story unfolds, Aaron's rod is the only one to bud and blossom, showing beyond any doubt that he and Moses were the chosen leaders.

Our previous president was Trump, some agreed, some disagreed. But he was placed there by God. Our current president is Biden, some are in favor, some are not. But he was also placed there sovereignly by God. In the contentious battles surrounding these elections and no shortage of people's opinions which are always elevated to fact, my hope is simply that God's chosen leader would humble themselves and submit to Almighty God. Once we accept God as sovereign we can accept our leaders as His choices, not our own. We all struggle with pride, and on a smaller scale, we can accept our own positions in our families, in the workplace, in the church as His choice for us, rather than what we think we deserve. When we learn to accept this, we can relax and stop trying to seek our own glory and do what we were made for, to glorify Him (Matthew 5:16). When we realize this, rather than striving for becoming "Number One", we can be satisfied in realizing what Aaron was given and accepting it for ourselves in Numbers 18:20, "Then the Lord said to Aaron: "You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel." As Peter asked a similar question, we see Jesus' answer to him in John 14:1-3. Our hope and our inheritance is not in this world but Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven. This should be enough for all of us.

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