Several Times *Num. 16

Numbers 16;NIV
God is not happy with those who rebel against their leaders, especially when God Himself has appointed them over the people. When the people didn’t get their way, they complained, made exaggerated statements of how life was so wonderful and glorious before this leader came into being.
God chose Moses; Moses did not ask for this position of leadership and authority. When the people complained and revolted against Moses they were really complaining and revolting against God.
Several times in their past, God had proven His Sovereignty, His provision, His protection, and His displeasure with rebelling against Moses’ leadership. Even so, the people kept rebelling and grumbling against Moses. They did it between themselves and to Moses’ face. Each time Moses became aware of this, he and Aaron (the high priest) immediately fell prostrate – on their faces in intercession for the people and their sin against God. Not once, not twice, but many times they did this: intercede to the Lord God on behalf of the people. This rebellious people deserved to be severely punished, but Moses and Aaron, filled with mercy, for them cried out each time for God’s mercy and forgiveness. The prayers of a righteous man availeth much as Scripture says. God honored Moses and Aaron’s prayers and relented. Though, for some, the wicked (who wouldn’t turn to God) were destroyed.
The lessons we can take away from this are: don’t rebel and grumble against those whom God has raised up – especially Pastors, Ministers, & Priests; leaders in the church. If you are not happy with what they are doing, do not gossip or complain- Go to God. There is power in prayer. God will reveal what His will and desires are, we just have to ask. If we are not sure of something a leader does and it seems questionable pray about it.
Lord, forgive us when we grumble, complain, and gossip against those whom You have placed in leadership over us. Forgive us our sins, wash us clean, and lead us in the way everlasting. May our words and deeds find favor before You, our Rock, Redeemer, Deliverer.

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