Topic: Aaron – The Chosen Priest
[DCLM Daily Manna 5th August 2018 Daily Devotional]
Text: Numbers 17:1-13 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron’s rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not“ (Numbers 17:10).
The tussle for leadership is as old as the world itself. These tussles are attributable to the fallen nature of man. Surprisingly, this evil manifests among the people of God too.
In our text, due to constant murmurings of the Israelites against Aaron’s priesthood, God decided to put the matter to rest by instructing each tribe to bring a rod with their names written on them, including Aaron’s rod representing Levi, to be laid up in the tabernacle overnight. The rod which the Lord chooses “shall blossom”. This was done, and in the morning, Aaron’s rod budded. Thus, his priesthood was confirmed.
The prerogative of choosing leaders is with God. No man therefore, has the right to question His choice. As a Sovereign and Omniscient God, He knows the end from the beginning.
Today, Christ, as the Head and Owner of the Church, has the exclusive right through the Holy Spirit to appoint leaders over His Body – the Church. He decides and gives “some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints and for the work of the ministry and for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11,12).
The Church must accept and cooperate with all leaders as appointed by God, without preferring one to another. The leaders appointed too should understand the importance of their calling and do all things “without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality …showing [themselves] a pattern of good works” (1 Timothy 5:21; Titus 2:7,8). When things are done God’s way, the Church stands strong.
Thought For The Day: God chooses leaders as it pleases Him.
Bible Reading In One Year: 2 Kings 22-23; 2 Chronicles 34-35