Saturday 17th November 2018
TEXT: NUMBERS 16:36-40
In an African country, a few years back, the president, decided to sanitise the political scene. In a sweep, the new leader ordered the execution of eight senior military officers for alleged corruption and embezzlement of public funds. In his judgment, the president believed that the country would not make any economic progress, without such revolution. The same exercise has, at one more time or the other, been replicated in many other countries. While not advocating such a step as all judgment should be committed to God, a lesson from that action, however, is that there is a day of reckoning for every evil done by man.
In our text, immediately after the disgraceful death of Korah, Dathan, Abiram and the 250 noble men that gathered themselves against Moses, God ordered Eleazar to begin a process that would enthrone a new order. He ordered the cleansing of the tabernacle to close the chapter of the rebellious men and to wipe away the ugly incident from their memory.
Like God’s judgment on Korah and his cohorts, every act of rebellion always has great and terrifying consequences. We are warned against any action that amounts to rebellion. It is unchristian for anybody to use violence to try to change a constituted authority, either in the church or secular world. God has a way of ridding bad eggs whenever He wants to make necessary adjustments.
Above all, we must always obey God rather than men. Just as Eleazar obeyed Him. Sinners cannot be vessels unto honour. They must be born again. Thereafter, sanctify, consecrate and yield themselves unto God. Only then can they be used as vessels for God’s service.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A cleansed vessel is an awesome instrument for God’s use.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Acts 4-6
Source: Daily Manna Devotional