“Speak to the congregation, saying, ‘Get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.’”Numbers 16:24
We give our lives to Christ desiring, even if not fervently determined at that point, to live a life pleasing to God. But the only way we can truly please Him is to find His likes and dislikes; the aim of course being that we learn to do the things that please Him and flee the ones that displeases Him.
And it is with that in mind that I share this Word.
Judging, criticising, disrespecting, rebelling against and questioning the authority of our spiritual leaders are one of those things that God hates. He hates it so much that in two separate cases with Moses (Numbers 12; Numbers 16) He responded with such great anger to avenge His servant. And if he did not hold those who did it then guiltless, He certainly will not hold those who do it now guiltless.
God’s unchanging nature has been a source of joy and boast to His people; the consequence though is that what He hated then, He hates today.
God has laid it in in my heart to remind us all to ‘get away from the tents of Korah’ – a symbol of one who rises up and also stirs up others to disrespect, rebel against and question the authority of one appointed and ordained by God.
It is deeply saddening at the boldness with which Christian believers disrespect and speak rudely of one another and of their leaders. I have never found this attitude rampant in any other faith other than in Christianity. How is that we who claim to have God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in us are the ones who do such things knowing that the Holy Spirit can never, ever be the inspiration behind any act that displeases God the Father?
This is not a word for congregations alone – it is also one for the priesthood. With great humility, and definitely not presenting myself as one who is flawless, I ask that as priests we also ‘get away from the tents of Korah’.
I am not by any means saying that we cannot judge wrong acts – but even in that we must speak and handle such conversations respectfully. Jude 1:9 states:
“Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
How is it then that we, as members of God’s family, in dealing with one another are bold to bring “…reviling accusations…” against each other?
And this is not only limited to public displays of disrespect and dishonour but also of all that we say and do privately, after all, God whom we seek to please hears us whether we speak privately or publicly.
We must refrain from judging one another, but especially our spiritual leaders. Why?
Firstly, God has commanded us in Matthew 7:1 not to judge others:
“Judge not, that you be not judged.
Secondly, other people’s life is not really our business. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 states:
“… that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business…” KJV
Most of us, including myself, have tons of issues of our own to walk through. Where on earth do we even find time to begin to asses other people’s lives, erroneously concluding that we know how best their lives should be lived?
Thirdly, is that ultimately it is to God that they stand accountable. Romans 14:4 states:
“Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.”
We are siblings – eternal siblings – and we must not hurt one another. By this the world will know that we are His – that we love one another (John 13:35) and we know from 1 Corinthians 13 that love ‘… is kind … and does not behave rudely…’.. We ought to be a people who protect, defend and shield each other from harm and not one that harms one another.
May the Lord help us to resolve the conflicts and issues amongst us with great love and respect for one another; may He permanently keep us away from ‘the tents of Korah’ in Jesus name.