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The Path of Destruction (Murmuring and Complaining)
1 Corinthians 10:1-4 "Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spit ual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." ĎBrethrení, itís written to us. The cloud is Jesus. ĎBaptized...í The sea is a type of the water of the Word of God, and the cloud a type of the Spirit of God. And God fed them all the same way. The Rock was Christ. God told Abram, "I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward (Gen.15:1). Jesus is your hedge of protection. He was there to protect them and to fight their battles. It has always been Jesus among the people of God. Now these are a people who are supposed to be separated unto God, delivered from oppression of demonic powers; liberated by the power of God. Yet, notice (V.5), "But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness." ĎWildernessí - in a dry place on the way to Canaan. Thatís where we are now. (V.6), "Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted." This world is nothing but a test tube. It is to test our hearts to see if we will be separated unto Him. Or if we will take our eyes off Him, and look at the things of this world, and think in your heart, Ďwell God I love you, but I have to keep a small place and some time for the things of this world.í These people, set free from the world and idolatry, desired the things they had while in bondage. (V.7), "Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play." They have idols carved in their hearts, by their own hands, using the Word of God. ĎPlayí. They lived for the comforts of their flesh. They didnít have or make time to spend on their faces before God or seeking Him. We have to make time and it will mean making a sacrifice. You will have to not do something else to make time for God, and give Him the best of your life. But God will accept nothing less. (V.8), "Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand." ĎFornicationí, thatís both physically and spiritually. (V.9), "Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents." Serpents are demon powers. (V.10), "Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer." Have you grumbled against God and what He has allowed or done in your life? Itís sin. Itís wickedness. Itís sorcery. SAY, "I repent of my grumbling and complaining. Lord, everything in my life you have allowed for my own good, whether I know what it is and understand it or not. I know your trying to bring me to yourself and cleanse my life." What is happening to us is the same as with those who were looking for the Messiah when Jesus came on the scene. They knew so much about God. But when he came, they missed Him and didnít believe a thing He said, because He didnít fit into their doctrines, but instead destroyed them. That is happening today. Every doctrine that man has accepted and believed in, God is destroying. Some love their doctrines so much, those idols carved into their hearts; they unknowingly are Spiritual idolaters. They would follow this Jesus, if only He would fit into their doctrines. Itís a spirit of self-righteousness and pride. (V.11), "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." Are we that people? (V.12), "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." This is the summation of the above 11 verses.
1 Peter 2:21 "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:" Why were you called? Did we read of an example God left us in 1st Corinthians? This is an example of Jesusí suffering, and we are to follow Him. (V.22-23a), "Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not;" If you follow Jesus, you will at some time be reviled for doing so. Are you willing to pay that price? Most arenít and so they try to be Ďclosetí Christians and wonít talk to others about Christ for fear of what they will do or say and of being rejected and persecuted. But remember, the fearful will end up in hell. (Rev.21:8) (V.23b), "but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:" Thatís the Father. (V.24), "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." Dying to sin is dying to rebellion. Living to righteousness, to God, is coming into covenant with Him. Verse 25 is where we are today, or should be your present testimony. (V.25), "For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." Have you done that? Are you running to Jesus continually?
1Peter 3:8-9 "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing." God wants us to practice being a blessing to others. Be a blessing. Why? What you sow you will reap? (V.10a) "For he that will love life," Life here is the life of God, eternal life. (V.10-11) "For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it." Like Job, which was why God called him perfect... (V.12) "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." The righteous is those in verse 11. Remember the people in 1st Corinthians were a people that God set free through many miracles and signs; a people He had given instructions to for following and obeying Him. We are going to look into what Paul was talking about in that passage.
James 3:5 "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!" Like a forest fire. We are the trees of the field and a bunch of trees make up a forest. We are a small forest. (V.6) "And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell." Your whole life and its course is set into motion by your tongue and it will determine your eternal reward or judgment. We all stumble in this matter. (V.2) "For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." Want to strive for perfection? Then strive for control of your tongue. (V.8) "But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." Thatís why we must spend time at the altar, offering our lives as a living sacrifice, asking Him to work in our life by His Spirit. Your tongue is an unruly evil, a fire that is begun in hell. Your tongue looks for opportunities to curse others, to speak evil of them, to gossip and slander. And the tongue is an expression of your heart. Look what your heart is full of - deadly poison.
What is the example we were warned about in 1st Corinthians? Numbers 10: These people thought they were saved, and that Godís wrath would never come upon them, because they were Godís special people. They had been circumcised in flesh; but God said not in heart. They didnít believe Godís Word concerning His wrath, because they knew they had a covenant with God. This is not the people of the world. We are seeing the actions of a people that once had a saving knowledge of God.
Numbers 10:29 "And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses' father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel." God has offered us something good, eternal life. Moses said we are standing on the promises of God and setting out to obey the Lord. Will you come with us? You can share in it with us. That place is in Jesus. In Him the fullness of the Godhead dwells, and God comes to us in Christ. That is the message we are telling others today. We are following the Lord. Will you come with us to the promised land? He has promised us good. Now many have stopped here and just majored in doctrines of the blessings of God and totally ignored the judgments of God. We have not been taught his wrath and anger. But I think it even important to know what makes God angry, so as to be able to avoid it. We will have to lay down our lives to follow Him. He is trying to lead us to a spiritual place, but it will cost us everything. We will have to find our lives in Christ, and nothing else or more. (V.30-33) "And he said unto him, I will not go; but I will depart to mine own land, and to my kindred. And he said, Leave us not, I pray thee; forasmuch as thou knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou mayest be to us instead of eyes. And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the LORD shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee. And they departed from the mount of the LORD three days' journey: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them in the three days' journey, to search out a resting place for them." They began with the Word of God, His covenant protecting them and bringing them to a resting place. (V.34) "And the cloud of the LORD was upon them by day, when they went out of the camp." God was going with them. (V.35-36) "And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee. And when it rested, he said, Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel." This began as a mighty move of God among thousands of people. But He leads in a certain path, and only a remnant will follow all the way with Him. In chapter 11, all hell breaks loose. When you grumble and complain about the circumstances in which you find yourself, you release Godís anger and wrath upon you. The scripture tells us to thank God in and for everything. God doesnít bless grumblers and complainers. They walk the path of destruction. We are going to see the great mistake of many of Godís people today. They literally call for demon powers to come by their grumbling and complaining, never satisfied with anything. Where they live, their jobs, what they make, always wanting more and what they donít have.
Numbers 11:1a "And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it;" The people of God, not the world. Do you complain at the adversity you face? This is what it will bring. (V.1) "and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp." What is Godís anger turned loose? Itís Satan turned loose against you. But most donít know this part of the gospel, if you please. They were complaining about the adversity they had to go through in order to get to the promised land. They didnít want to pay a price for it. Just give me the promised land; give me all the best of this world. That was their attitude. We will see how they flunked every test God gave them. This is not the fire of the Holy Spirit that God sent, but a consuming fire. With the beginning of the grumbling, death came into the camp. A loose tongue brings death. ("Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21). Youíd think after all this, that these people would have learned and zipped their lips, right? No. (V.2) "And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched." Moses is a type of Jesus, making intercession for the people (Hebrews 10:23 says He ever lives to make intercession for us). But He only makes intercession for you when you seek Him for yourself and not through someone else. (V.3) "And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them." Tabard - the burning anger of the Lord. (V.4) "And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?" Mixed multitude. Notice there was some leaven in there midst. Some rabble-rousers, trouble makers. Those among them, that left Egypt with them, who were not committed to serving the Lord began crying about satisfying their fleshly lusts. (V.5) "We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:" Eat freely? They were in total slavery, in chains, beaten & treated cruelly. Look at them, only thinking about their belly. They never at anytime give testimony of Godís saving grace or mercy. They only speak of what they want for their rotten, stinking flesh (of physical prosperity). (V.6) "But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes." They despised Godís handiwork among them. They didnít even have to work for a living, to eat. God just rained it down to them from heaven and they complained about it. God never had their hearts, the world did. They said, "We are tired of eating what God has provided. We want something else." Thatís where most of the church is today. They have no time to spend in the word of God; they donít want to eat what God is serving today. Their lives are so cluttered with the things of this world that they have no time to spend with God. They have lost their appetite for Godly things. (V.7-8) "And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium. And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil." This is a picture of Jesus. Fresh oil speaks of the Holy Spirit. (V.9-10) "And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it. Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased." Now they moved from grumbling about adversity to grumbling about their food. Now the Word adds another word to that above in verse 1. This is not just the anger of the Lord was kindled, but greatly. A greater wrath and judgment. (V.11-14) "And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers? Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat. I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me." The Word says, "Save yourselves from this untoward [wicked and perverse] generation" (Act 2:40). You canít carry anyone with you anymore. They have to come and get the manna for themselves. They have to eat for themselves and obey God for themselves. (V.15-17) "And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness. And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone." This spirit is the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit. God took of the anointing He had given Moses, and put it upon the 70. (V.18) "And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat." Were they well off in Egypt? We are now going to see something scary about God. There is a people in this land today crying out for blessings, and God is blessing them materially as they desire. But they donít know this side of God, that He will bless you, only to destroy you in the end. He will give you all you crave for and more. (V.19-20a) "Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you:" A month of meat. And notice Godís sarcasm. He didnít do this to bless them. In reality it was his curse upon them. (V.20) "because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?" Now they say, "Why did we leave Egypt to follow the Lord? What has He done for us?" This is a terrible accusation against Him. But because Godís grace is upon you at this moment, donít think youíve arrived and have your ticket punched to Heaven. (V.21) "And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month." How many of these went into the promised land? Two. (V.22) "Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?" Moses is trying to figure out how God is going to do it. (V.23) "And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD'S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not." Is Godís power limited? (V.24-25) "And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle. And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease." Notice the result of the Holy Spirit coming upon them. (V.26) "But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp." These two just stayed before the Lord. Then comes spiritual jealousy. (V.27-29a) "And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake?" In other words, "Are you jealous for my sake?" (V.29) "And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD'S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!" Look at Moses attitude. You have to spend time before the Lord to hear him and have his spirit upon you. (V.30-31) "And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel. And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth." From that spot they could walk a dayís journey in any direction and they would still find quail. Thatís several dayís journey across the length of the dead quail. It was two cubits high. Thatís a lot of quail. Now notice what those who had no time to spend before the Lord could do for the lusts of their flesh. You will spend time with what you love to have what you desire. (V.32-33a) "And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp. And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed," Does it look like God had blessed them by giving them what they desired? (V.33) "And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague." A great disease came among them. (V.34) "And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted." It was the grave of the greedy or lustful.
Psalms 78:1 "Maschil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth." My people. These are supposed to be people who have made a commitment of their lives to the Lord. Have you? (V.2-3) "I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us." God speaks in parables and only His true people can understand it. Those whose hearts are not right can read the Word all day long and get no understanding from it. Thatís John 7:17, "If any man will do his will, he shall know the doctrine." But to those who are not doers of the Word, itís sealed, for their eyes are blinded, and they are in a deep spiritual sleep. Do you lack understanding of the Word of God? Do you lack wisdom of spiritual things? James told us if we lack wisdom to ask God. But it requires that you spend time with God. (V.4-5a) "We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel," Jacob made a covenant with God. God wants to have a covenant with His people. (V.5-7) "For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:" Is your confidence in God, or in men and in yourself and your own ability? You cannot please God in your own strength or ability, but only by walking in the spirit and in obedience to Him. "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy" (Romans 9:16). But you have to spend time with God, and keep asking for His grace and His mercy in time of need. God told Paul, "My grace is sufficient for thee." Itís his power, strength, and ability imparted to you to overcome. But it only comes by spending time with God. (V.8) "And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God." They were not faithful to God. The problem was what was in their spirit. (V.9) "The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle." God gave them supernatural weapons, as he gives us today. They are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). We were told in Ephesians 6:11 to put on the whole armour of God that we might we able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Every believer is to be equipped for spiritual battle, but most donít believe it. They had God backing them up, they didnít have to go into battle, or face it alone in their strength or ability, but what did they do in the day of battle? They turned their back on God. They turned back to the world and itís ways, they backslid and went back to sin. The battle is on today. Are you in it? (V.10-14) "They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had showed them. Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap. In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire." They had plenty of signs and wonders, supernatural manifestations of God, but they still perished and were destroyed. Signs and wonders arenít what we are seeking and desiring, but Jesus. (V.15-17) "He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths. He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness." Look at their response to the blessings of God. His people, not the heathen who never heard of Him. Why do the people of God today think they can sin and get by with it? Because they have no fear of God, and know nothing of the wrath and anger of God. They donít understand Godís judgment against His own people. (V.18) "And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust." By their asking God for what their heart lusted after, they tempted or tested God to see what he would do. (V.19a) "Yea, they spake against God;" Do you think they knew they were speaking against God? No, but thatís how God viewed it. Look at what they said! (V.19b-21) "they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people? Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;" This was not against their enemies, but against them, a people in covenant with God. The same anger of God that was turned against the Egyptians that had them in bondage is now turned loose against them, Godís people. Why did this happen? (V22-29) "Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation: Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full. He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;" You better watch your desires, to make sure what you are seeking after is of God, and to please Him. (V.30-31) "They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel." The choice, the strongest of them fell by Godís judgment. (V.32) "For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works." And the church is still doing this today while trying to claim they belong to God. Many look at those who are supposed to be Christians, and say Ďif they are Christians, if they know God, I donít need him.í And God is ashamed to call them His people. (V.33) "Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble." These things were written to us for an example, that we should learn by it and not do as they did. (V.34-41) "When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired early after God. And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel." Thatís Jesus. (V.42-46) "They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy. How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan: And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink. He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them. He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar, and their labour unto the locust." Their crops and labor were destroyed. The locust and caterpillar represent demon powers. (V.47) "He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost." Hail stones is one of Godís judgments. (V.48-49) "He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts. He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them." His burning anger and wrath is here described as evil angels. Demons. (V.50-56) "He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence; And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham: But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased. He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents. Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:" They kept rebelling against Him and disobeying Him. (V.57-58) "But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow. For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images." The graven images they had of God in their heart. These are things that describe idolatry and idol worship. (V.59-60) "When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel: So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men;" The place of His presence, where He came to dwell among His people. (V.61) "And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand." They were turned over to their adversaries. (V.62) "He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance." This is not a blessing of God being described, but a curse of God. (V.63) "The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage." The Bible speaks of foolish and wise virgins. The foolish ones will not be married to Jesus, only the wise. Are you being a wise virgin? (V.64) "Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation." No weeping for them. (V.65-67) "Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine. And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach. Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:" This whole tribe lost their inheritance. (V.68) "But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved." Did Jesus come from the tribe of Judah? (V.69) "And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever." We are the tabernacle, the sanctuary the Lord is building today, to be a habitation for His Spirit, not a physical building, as then. (V.70) "He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:" This is speaking of Jesus, of the root of David. (V.71) "From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance." Has God changed your name, as Jacobís was changed to Israel? Have you entered into covenant with God? Have you given Him your life? (V.72) "So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands." The 79th Psalm describes the demon powers coming into the churches. You might read it.
Psalms 106:1-13 "Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can show forth all his praise? Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times. Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance. We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly. Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left. Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:" How sad. Do you quickly forget the Word of God when you leave His presence? (V.14-15) "But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul." This is the same story we saw before in Psalms 78. They lusted for meat, and were given what they lusted after, only to their own detriment and destruction. (V.16-18) "They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD. The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram. And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked." Again, these are not the sinners who never knew God, but the wicked among His people, those who hear His Word and cast it behind their back, who wonít live by the Word of God and do it. (V.19-20) "They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass." God had been their glory, and they exchanged His glory for the image of the beast. (V.21-23) "They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea. Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them." Moses was a type of Jesus. He is making intercession for us today, but you better turn to Him with all your heart. (V.24) "Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:" Your heart is your pleasant land, when you believe and receive His Word into it. (V.25) "But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD." Your tent is you body, your life. Have you been murmuring, grumbling or complaining in your heart against God, against what He has allowed or brought into your life? (V.26-27) "Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness: To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands." Today this is happening again. So many who go to church and say they love the Lord, and are seeing their children run after the world and become like the heathen around them. (V.28) "They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead." Baíal-peíor is a false God. When you listen to and accept false doctrines spoken by false prophets and preachers, you are eating sacrifices to the dead. They bring death and not life. (V.29) "Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them." Didnít God promise that no plague would come near the dwelling of His people? It does when you walk in disobedience and rebellion. You remove your hedge of protection, and the enemy is given access to you. (V.30-33a) "Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed. And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore. They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: Because they provoked his spirit," They rebelled against His Spirit. Today, big name preachers are speaking evil of the truth, and they donít know they are blaspheming the Holy Spirit and sealing their damnation. (V.33-35) "Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips. They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them: But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works." They learned the ways of the world and followed and imitated them. But we have been told to not be conformed to the image of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds... (Romans 12:1-2). (V.36) "And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them." Their idols were prosperity, silver and gold, their idol, as the golden calf, itís what they worshipped. Many today claiming to be Godís people live only for what they can get in the world, for material possessions. Prosperity became a snare unto them. Do you remember what a snare is? (V.37) "Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils," How do you do this? By teaching them to seek the world and to desire success in this world, instead of training them up to follow the Lord and give Him their lives. (V.38) "And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood." The idols of Canaan were wood, stone, silver and gold. The things and possessions of this world. Making money and having things and success in our jobs becomes more important than spending time with our children and teaching them the ways of God and how to serve Him. (V.39) "Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions." Remember James 4:4? Now God gives us the sum total of the first 39 verses. (V.40-41) "Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance. And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them." The devils. (V.42) "Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand." Are you in bondage to demon powers? If so, you better begin to fight for your freedom and not just sit and wait for God to do something unilaterally. (V.43-44) "Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:" If you want God to look upon you in your distress, you better start to cry out to Him and seek Him. (V.45) "And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies." Godís covenant is that, "If we confess our sins (which includes turning from them), He is faithful and just to forgive us or sins." Thatís 1 John 1:9. Jesus has paid for our sins; so if youíve sinned, run back to Jesus. God has told us that if we would confess and forsake our sins we would find mercy (Proverbs 28:13). (V.46) "He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives." God had pity upon them. Letís make a confession to the Lord. "Father make me an object of your compassion and set me free from my captivity." Itís only Godís anointing that can set you free. If you sit and do nothing you will be destroyed. (V.47) "Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise." Is that the desire of your heart? (V.48) "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD."
Numbers 12:1 "And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman." This is a problem with an interracial marriage. Why did Moses marry this Ethiopian? I donít know, and itís none of our business. People say, "What does God think of integrated, or mixed marriages." The only thing I see about them is God forbids the mixed marriage of a believer and an unbeliever. Thatís what God calls and interracial marriage. Other than that, He has made all people one in Christ. There is no race in Christ. (V.2) "And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it." Now they looked at the situation and said to themselves, how can he do such a thing? But they didnít realize they were speaking against God. We need to learn when to keep our mouths zipped. No, it does not mean that we are to let sin be in our midst and say nothing. We are to expose and rebuke those who sin. There is a time to speak up, and a time to be silent. We need the wisdom to know the difference. (V.3-6) "(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out. And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream." Moses is more than a prophet. What was the key of his relationship with God? (V.7-8a) "My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches;" No parables, but clearly God spoke to him. (V.8b) "and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?" He knows more than about God, he knew God in reality. (V.9) "And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed." Godís presence, spirit, and favor left them, and instead His anger came against them. Miriam became a leper. And today the church is full of spiritual lepers. Leprosy represents sin. (V.10-11) "And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous. And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned." They were foolish virgins. But notice Moses. We need to learn to be more like him, and to practice being a blessing to others, and intercede for others; while not defending or justifying ourselves to others. The Bible says God will fight for you, while you keep silent (Exodus 14:14). You donít fight for yourself. Moses was a good example for us. (V.12) "Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother's womb." This is one of the reasons God so blessed Moses, he was always interceding for others.
But let us look some more at how our tongues bring destruction upon us. Now the land was full of giants. God was putting them into a place where they had to depend upon Him and not on their own strength. They then got their eyes off God and onto themselves and so they could not do what He wanted them to do. Numbers 13:1-2 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them." This was Godís promise to them. (V.3) "And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel." He did what God told him. (V.17-22) "And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain: And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many; And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds; And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes. So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath. And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)" These Anak were giants. (V.25) "And they returned from searching of the land after forty days." Forty is always a time of testing. (V.26-29) "And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan." God always has a remnant unto himself who are faithful to Him, and will always speak for the Lord, without fear of men or devils. (V.30) "And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." Now he saw the same things they did, but he also had his eyes on God and his faith in his promises. God only gives His anointing to overcomers. And you canít overcome in your own strength, but because you cry out to God. (V.31) "But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we." That was the truth. Every enemy in your life is stronger than you. Satan has been destroying flesh for thousands of years and you canít overcome him in the strength of your flesh. But Satan is also no match for God. (V.32-33) "And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." But who told them they had to fight the enemy themselves, alone.
Numbers 14:1-2 "And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!" God said they grumbled against Him. Notice what they said. ĎWould God we had died in this wilderness.í Remember when they asked God for meat? Better watch out what you ask God for, He might give you that which you desire. They said they preferred to die in the wilderness to fighting the giants. They asked for it and they got it. (V.3) "And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?" What an accusation and insult to God. But it gets worse. (V.4) "And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt." They are saying Iíd rather be a slave to the Devil, to demons, than to serve the Lord. (V5-6) "Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:" They kept speaking the truth for God (V.7-9) "And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not." We are in a parallel place today. There is much fear among Godís people of living the life and speaking for God. What are they afraid of? (V.10) "But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel." We donít want to be stoned with the words of rejection and condemnation. But if you want the glory of God to appear, if you want God to stand for you and protect and deliver you, then you have to stand for God. The covenant says; If you will make my enemies yours, I will make your enemies mine. If you will stand for God, He will stand for you. The greatest presence of God will probably come to you when you are being persecuted by others for speaking the truth. (V.11) "And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have showed among them?" This is about His own people. (V.12) "I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they." Today many are being dispossessed and living in terror. (V.13-17) "And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;) And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night. Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness. And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my LORD be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying," He reminds the Lord of His own word. God says to Ďput him in remembrance of His Word.í Why? God looks over His own Word to perform it, not your word. So you need to spend time in the Word to know how to pray. (V.18) "The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation." He is quoting Exodus 20:5. (V.19-20) "Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word:" The Father forgives us, because of the intercession of the Lord Jesus. (V.21-27) "But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD. Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) To morrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea. And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me." Do you think what you say with your tongue is important? (V.28-31) "Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised." Do you think they realized what they were doing? Godís people today are rejecting the land He desires to give them. (V.32-33) "But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness." Again, the time of testing, 40. (V.34-37) "After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die. And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land, Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD." If you sit under a false ministry and believe their lies, you will be destroyed with them. (V.38) "But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still." Now we will see how ultimately rebellious these people are. He says to do something, and they refuse. Then God tells them no, and they decided to go. Only this time, without the Lord. They wouldnít go when God was with them, but were willing to go alone in their flesh. (V.39-45) "And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly. And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned. And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper. Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you. But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah." The Amalekites are a type of demon power. The people went from one rebellion to another. So have most who claim to be Christians today.
Numbers 16:1-2 "Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:" The men of renown are rising up against the message of God for this end time, and of His coming judgments. (V.3a) "And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them:" We are holy too. We canít be cursed, weíre blessed. Weíre the head and not the tail, weíre above and not beneath. Everything we touch is going to prosper. (V.3b) "wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?" They spoke judgment against him and accused him of exalting himself. What did Moses do? Fight his own battle? (V.4-7) "And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face: And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will show who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him. This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company; And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi." God had given Moses these instructions to give them. Incense represents your prayer life. Moses was a man of prayer and who heard from God when he prayed. (V.8-9) "And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi: Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?" Godís judgment will be worse for the false prophets and preachers than the people. (V.10-13) "And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also? For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him? And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up: Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?" Again, such lies and false accusations. (V.14-17) "Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up. And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them. And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow: And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer." Put incense - your prayer life. Look how many false preachers stood together against Moses. The odds are almost like they were in Elijahís day against him. There are always far more false prophets than true ones, as their have always been more children born of the flesh than of the spirit (Galatians 4:27). (V.18-21a) "And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron. And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation. And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation," God is telling us the same thing today. Why? (V.21b) "that I may consume them in a moment." If youíre in the midst of them when God judges them, you will be consumed with them. (V.22-24) "And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram." Tell the congregation, if they want to be spared, they better separate from these preachers Iím going to judge. (V.25-26) "And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins." We need to be warning others to run for their lives from Godís judgment against idolatry and those who walk in presumption against Him. (V.27) "So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children." They really were full of pride and presumption. (V.28-33) "And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me. But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation." Even their little children. (V.34-35) "And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense." They were praying to God, but their vessels, their lives, were unholy. You would think these people would begin to walk humbly before the Lord and Moses. (V.39-41) "And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar: To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses. But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD." You caused the Lordís people to die. What grumblers! What has this brought them from the Lord every time? (V.42) "And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared." Every time they decided to gang up against Moses and Aaron, God shows up to defend them. (V.43-50) "And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces. And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun. And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah. And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed."
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