Challenging the one whom the Lord has sent

Old Testament: Num 16.28–30

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 16–17 on February 26, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

Two hundred fifty men challenged the leadership of Moses, saying that he took on too much to himself, but those men failed to see that it was the Lord who put Moses in the position that he was in. Therefore, he said to them and to Israel: 

And Moses said: “By this you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them of my own will. If these men die naturally like all men, or if they are visited by the common fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me. But if the LORD creates a new thing, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the LORD.”

– Numbers 16.28–30 

In this case, to challenge Moses is to challenge the Lord. In the same way, to challenge the teachings of Scripture is to challenge the teachings of the Lord, and woe unto him who does such a thing. 

Questions: 

  • Have you challenged the Lord, either directly or without realizing what you were doing? 
  • What shall you do for the leaders of your congregation? 

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