Topic: Rebellion Is Punishable
[DCLM Daily Manna 21 September 2018 Daily Devotional]
Text: Numbers 16:23-35 (KJV)
Key Verse: “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 16:33).
One of the strategies Satan employs to draw people away from following God is to make them focus on their present problems and inflate their unpleasantness. This was the case with Korah, Dathan and Abiram. While still on their way to Canaan, they saw more problems than the goodness of God; they lost sight of Him. Therefore, they rebelled against God by making weighty and false accusations against His servants.
God commanded the congregation of Israel to depart from the tent of these wicked rebels and the punishment for their rebellion was immediately executed. The punishment was unparalleled, terrible and severe upon them and all that appertained to them. They all went down alive into the earth, which closed up on them. The men who joined them were also consumed by fire. God does not condone rebellion of any kind among His children. Although we are under the dispensation of grace, we must know that “the wicked shall not go unpunished”.
Believers must never be involved in any form of rebellion. We must watch our utterances concerning our leaders and the church of God in order to avoid evil speaking and murmuring. Those who have been rebelling by secretly speaking against God’s servants should repent without delay and ask God for forgiveness and grace to make amends.
Thought For The Day: Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.
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