Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MARCH 18 "WHO ARE YOU BANDING WITH"

     WE want to bury the past, but the past cannot be buried, the past becomes part of our history. What will your history be? Well who are you banding with?  3 “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the LORD"  Why is this coming up now? Because the past, our history always comes back. Men who forget history repeat the same mistakes, this we know!  Israel has certain reference points (a history) just as we do. Korah and what happened is part of their history and will be until their death. Mahlah and her sisters are quick to mention that their father was not part of the group that "banded together" against the Lord.  A few thoughts here, #1. It was not against the Lord that they banded, I thought it was against Moses? But when God inspires this text to be written, it is written for eternity, that they banded not against Moses but against God, Wow!  Moses has issues, we all do, and God deals with Moses later on in our text (12 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go up this mountain in the Abarim Range and see the land I have given the Israelites. 13 After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, 14 for when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes.”) but God clearly states here that when we rise up against the Lord's anointed, we rise up against him.  Yes, God will use certain individuals to brings his purposes about, but I would advise you not to be the individual he uses, because He will always come back to judge those that made themselves available to be used.  God does not predispose us to wickedness, he simply works with what we give him.  He did not make Judas wicked, but he used his wickedness to bring his sovereign purposes to pass, He did not make Pharaoh wicked, but he used ......He did not make King Nebuchadnezzar wicked, but He did use him to judge Israel, but never forget then He went back to Judge him.  Don't be the vessel, the instrument that God uses to judge his anointed. David refused to be that vessel, even though at times it seemed as if God wanted him to be that vessel, but David kept to the scriptures "though shall not raise a hand against my anointed" even when it seemed that God did want to use him to judge Saul, David did not sin by doing this. A situation may be arising that seems like you are "the one" that God wants to use, don't ever fall for that, tell God, like David, "use somebody else to strike/bring him down, it will not be me!".  Zelophehad’s daughters are quick to claim that their father had no part in Korah's uprising against Moses, ughhh, I mean The Lord.  Secondly Zelophehad’s daughters point out that there was a "banding together".  People who have grievances against headship/leadership tend not to just stick to themselves and self implode they tend to gravitate towards one another, they tend to "band together" and once they have banded together comes the thought..."let's confront" because we know there is security in numbers. No matter what bridges you ever have to cross in life, in ministry, in the church; like Zelophehad’s daughters let them always say, "my father was not part of those that banded against Moses, ughh....I mean The Lord"  he died for his own sins, but he WAS NEVER part of that ugly part in our history and our scripture tells us "The Lord" heard them and honored their request, and that's a whole other blog in itself!!!