Table of Contents
Topic: Dangers of Rebellion
[DCLM Daily Manna Monday July 2, 2018]
Text: Numbers 14:40-45 (KJV)
“But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp” (Numbers 14:44).
We live in a world of rebellion where laws and authorities are constantly defied. People no longer desire to be governed by set rules; they want things done their way at all costs. To achieve this, they often resort to slander, protest, violence and even war.
From our text, Israel had become very rancorous and ungovernable due to their perennial unbelief that started from Egypt. In just a few days’ journey to the Promised Land, twelve spies were sent to search out the land. Ten of the spies brought back evil reports that discouraged the congregation and triggered a rebellion.
Consequently, after inciting the rebellion, they died in a plague as God eventually delivered a verdict condemning all who were twenty years and above to die in the wilderness. Also, within the extended forty years of wanderings, they took laws into their hands and went into battle without God’s approval. This led to their defeat by the Amalekites and Canaanites who dwelt in those regions.
Our present age is filled with rebellion and lawlessness. Disobedience to leadership has become a norm. Some societies are so fragmented that traditional rulers are beaten up and abducted, while political leaders are dragged out of office through mass protests of people demanding for special entitlements. Sadly, this lawlessness and disobedience to leadership is fast creeping into the Church.
We must continue in the things we have learnt, rebuke those who are rebellious so that others also may fear, and pray fervently for the Church to return to where God had placed it at the beginning.
Thought For The Day: The wages of rebellion against God’s will is sudden death.