Topic: A Memorial To Avoid Rebellion (DCLM Daily Manna 17 February 2021)
Text: Numbers 16:36-40 (KJV)
36 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
37 Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are hallowed.
3 8 The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before the LORD, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel.
39 And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar:
40 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.
Key Verse: “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” (Numbers 16:40).
A memorial is a monument set up for the purpose of remembering an important event or personality. The Lincoln Memorial, a monument dedicated to the United States President Abraham Lincoln stands in Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. The structure was inspired by classical Greek architecture and it houses a grand marble of Lincoln by Daniel French. Some memorials are of good people who contributed to the greatness of their nations, while others are for history.
From our text, God commanded Moses to instruct Eleazar the son of Aaron to make broad plates for the covering of the altar from the censers of the rebellious Korah and his company as a memorial that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron come near to offer incense before the Lord. Korah and 250 princes had challenged the priesthood of Aaron and made censers to offer incense contrary to the choice of God. They were all swallowed by the earth and consumed by fire from the Lord (Numbers 16:31-35).
These rebels suffered this severe punishment to serve as a lesson to others and to stop the possible tide of rebellion, which might affect the congregation if no action was taken. To be part of rebellion against God’s priests and appointed leaders in the church is to be guilty of high treason against Him, taking advantage of His love to deny His premium for holiness. God says, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm” (Psalm 105:15).
There are many lessons here, among them, we should not be position seekers in the house of God. Also, we should run away from sin and never be part of rebellion against His ordained ministers. Remember God sees and knows all, even the thoughts of our hearts. Therefore, we must learn to deal with His ministers in reverence.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It is treasonable to join rebels in the house of God.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria. https://dclm.org/