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Don't Reject God's Leaders

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

When we reject the leadership God has provided, we reject the leadership and authority of God! In the Old Testament, as is recorded in Numbers 16, Korah, Dathan and Abiram, with two hundred and fifty princes who were men of renown, “gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.” They accused Moses of being a dictator and lord over them. They said, “Ye take too much upon you…wherefore then, lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?” (Numbers 16:3) What were they doing? They were rejecting the leadership of Moses, God’s appointed leader over the people. Moses challenged these men to come the next day with their censors before the Lord and let the Lord settle the matter. Because of the attitude of Korah and his cohorts, the Lord said, “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” (Numbers 16:21)

Moses and Aaron said, “Shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?” (Number 16:22) The Lord then instructed all the people to separate themselves from “these wicked men and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.” (Numbers 16:26) Moses then challenged Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. “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…then the Lord hath not sent me.” (Numbers 16:28-29) Moses was simply saying this is the way to prove whether I am God’s appointed leader. On the other hand, Moses said, “If the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth and swallow them up... then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord.” (Numbers 16:30)

After Moses ended speaking, 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.” (Numbers 16:32-33) The principle is clearly understood – WHEN WE REBEL AGAINST THE LEADERSHIP GOD HAS PLACED OVER US, WE REBEL AGAINST GOD.

Also, you will recall when ancient Israel came to Samuel, their judge, and said, “Give us a king to judge us,” that the thing displeased Samuel. (1 Samuel 8:6) Samuel felt a personal rejection, but God assured him by saying, “They have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me that I should not reign over them.” (1 Samuel 8:7) In rejecting the leadership God had provided for them, they had rejected God!

May the Lord bless you and keep you!


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