Daily D – Numbers 16:1-4
Numbers 16:1-4 One day Korah son of Izhar, a descendant of Kohath son of Levi, conspired with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth, from the tribe of Reuben. They incited a rebellion against Moses, along with 250 other leaders of the community, all prominent members of the assembly. They united against Moses and Aaron and said, “You have gone too far! The whole community of Israel has been set apart by the Lord, and he is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the Lord’s people?” When Moses heard what they were saying, he fell face down on the ground. (NLT)
The arrogant take their stand. The humble lower themselves. Arrogance destroys. Humility heals.
How, I wonder, did Moses act like he was greater than everyone else? The accusation was false. Moses’ response was in full alignment with everything he had done so far. Moses spent a lot of time on his face before God, just as he did in this experience.
Arrogant people take powerful postures. They shout to be heard. Humble people appear weak when they kneel and prostrate themselves before God. Only those who understand how completely powerless they are ultimately discover the true might of God.
Korah was a bad apple. He spoiled a whole bunch of lives. He led a rebellion that killed a lot of people unnecessarily. But not all who were connected to him joined his rebellion. For example, take a look at Psalms 44-49. They are written by the descendants of Korah.
You and I get a choice in our affiliations. We can choose the brash or the calm, the haters or the peaceful. It is impossible to extend peace and healing when behaving badly. Rebellion is ruinous.
I will spend much more time on my face before God than on platforms shouting.
Our Father, please deliver me from arrogance and pride and all their consequences. Save me from elevating myself. Empower me to trust you in all things at all times and to wait on your directions in times of contention. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.