WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER, 2019
A WARNING MEMORIAL
TEXT: NUMBERS 16:36-40
KEY VERSE: “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” (NUMBERS 16:39).
King Uzziah of Judah had a very long reign and was undoubtedly one of the most successful. He sought God in the days of Zechariah and God made him to prosper. But when he became strong, his heart became proud. He went into the temple to offer incense which was the exclusive duty of the sons of Aaron. God struck him with leprosy and he eventually died a leper.
God had instructed Moses to direct Eleazar to make thin plates from the brazen censers with which the 250 rebellious Levites had offered incense before the Lord. This was to be used as a covering for the altar and as a warning that nobody who is not a descendant of Aaron was allowed to offer incense before the Lord.
God is a God of order and not the Author of confusion. He appointed Moses as the leader of Israel and Aaron as the high priest. Korah, Dathan and Abiram felt that perhaps God had made a mistake and wanted to exalt themselves by putting themselves into where God had not put them. They met a tragic end. Same goes for Absalom and Adonijah. Self-exaltation is sin because those that exalt themselves will be abased. Like God told Aaron and Miriam when they spoke against Moses, “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” (Numbers 12:6). So, if the Lord has not spoken to someone and he arrogates to himself the privilege of leadership, such a one risks the displeasure and judgment of God.
Every Christian therefore must abide in his calling and let God be God, the Sovereign, who has “set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him” (1 Corinthians 12:18). Let us be content therefore, and faithful with what God has given us to do.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Be contented where God puts you.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: HOSEA 5–9