Monday, 26 October 2015

Numbers 16 - Thankful or not?

Hi friends! Hope you are well. So far, I've got two names in the hat for the book. Thank you girls for telling me how you're being blessed. Come on everyone else, don't be shy ☺.

This week we are studying Numbers 16 - 20. Hope you can follow along.

Poor Moses! He sure is having a hard time, listening to all the grumbling and complaining from the people of
Israel. And all he is doing is what the Lord has asked him to do. But this is where the big problem arises. Three men, Korah, Dathan and Abiram, think that Moses is just getting too big for his boots, telling them to do this and that, and they've had enough. So do they go quietly to Moses and tell him how they feel and try to find a solution to the problem, as they see it? Not at all! They make a big deal of it and gather another 250 disgruntled people, well-known, important men and go and hit Moses with all their grievances. But not only does Moses get it in the neck, they blame Aaron also. Moses stood up for Aaron asking why they are picking on him, he has done nothing. Being in a position of leadership isn't always all it's cracked up to be. Managing people is a very difficult job. In verse 28, Moses tried to explain to these people that he wasn't doing this of his own bat; it was God who had told him to lead them to the promised land.

Anyway, the long and short of it was that God was extremely angry with these discontented, troublesome people and he was going to destroy the whole congregation because of them (obviously God was fed up with the continual complaining) but Moses and Aaron stepped in and asked God not to destroy everyone, just those directly involved. Korah, Dathan and Abiram and their families were sent into the pit immediately and then a plague had begun to destroy the others before Aaron was able to make an atonement for them all. Aaron then stood between the dead and the living, making an atonement for their sins.

Of course this should immediately remind us of the blessed Lord Jesus Christ who stood between the dead and the living when He was nailed to the cross, making an atonement for our sins. The lovely words that follow this are 'and the plague was stayed'. When Christ died on the cross for sinners, the wrath that should have fallen upon us was held back, because of His work. For any of you who are not yet saved, it is our prayer that you would look to the Lord Jesus Christ now and be saved; accept His finished work on the cross as the atonement for your soul so that you won't have to face the final death that sin brings at the day of judgment.

Hugs, Karen x

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