“Using God’s words to justify actions”
How often men use God’s words to justify their actions. (Numbers 16:3) in this godless world we also do find lots of people who say they are Christian, but do not follow the teachings of the Nazarene Jew Jeshua (Jesus Christ) and even have not the same God as him, because they have made Jesus into their god. They twist so many Bible Words to fit their Trinity-doctrine that often they can not think logically any more.
There was no doubt that the congregation of Moses and the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, were holy, [Ex.19:6, Ezra 9:2] and this seems to give weight to Korah‘s argument. We must beware that we are not tempted to use God’s Word to justify our own selfish thinking and that our principles that we stand by are based wholly upon his truth. We should also beware of others who can convince us using similar craftiness. Job’s three friends used these methods, and Job withstood. We should too.
On April 1st we have “Fools’ Day” which got its name from the custom of playing practical jokes on this day. It resembles festivals such as the Hilaria of ancient Rome, held on March 25 (day of merriment and rejoicing in the Cybele-Attis cult and in the Isis-Osiris cult), and the spring festival celebrated throughout North India on the full-moon day of Phalguna (February–March) Holi celebration in India, which ends on March 31.
Often it is only at the end of the day or the next day that newspapers and television stations show the results of their joke and how many people were mislead. Most often people than come to see that their leg was pulled. But in Christendom it does not seem to be so easy for people to come to see how many religious organisations pulled the human leg of millions of people. The majority still keeps believing the 4th century lie of a three-headed god and all the subsequent lies to fit that false teaching.
Strangely enough it does not look enough for many that the God of Israel has separated them or brought them in contact with people who follow the Biblical doctrine of the One and Only One True God. We must know that God knows the heart and wants to bring those who are willing to love Him, close to Him. (1 Samuel 16:7; Jeremiah 17:10)
In the Old Times Jehovah on several occasions also brought several people near to Himself, to perform the work at His tabernacle, and to stand before the community to minister to them. He has brought the fellow Levites who are with the ancient people, but they were seeking the priesthood as well. (Numbers 16:9-10). Today we see many denominations with many ministers or priests all wanting to attract people to their religious group. We also see many countries which receive leaders which are not always so God loving, but should know that it shall always be by authorisation of God’s allowance that they can rule.
In Daniel we read,
“that the Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes.” (Daniel 5 v 21).
We can be sure that whatever leaders we have, whether they be the rulers of the nation, our bosses at work, teachers at school, or leaders and elders in our Church, that God has raised up those people for the position they have been put in. We may not like it when we hear several of those nation and church leaders laugh at those who love God and do not want to worship the Trinity or not want to be partakers of pagan festivities. Being laughed at we sometimes may be attracted to act in the wrong way and show our disgust for those who we find not living according to God’s Will. Though we should remember that we can read in God’s word:
“Do not … curse the ruler of your people.” (Exodus 22 v 28).
This same law is rephrased in the New Testament as,
“Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.” (Acts 23 v 5).
But even when we know these things we are very often tempted to fall into the same sin as Korah, Dathan and Abiram and the crowd that followed them. They opposed Moses, the man God had raised up to lead his people from Egypt to the Promised land, accusing him of setting himself up as leader and grumbling against him.
Let’s not be caught in their sin by grumbling against the leaders God has raised up for us. Instead let’s do as Israel should have done and pray for our leaders, and live in obedience to the LORD God and those he sets over us.
Let us not be carried away by the false teachings, which we do agree are not a joke. But let us also be aware that the lessons from the Bible are not a joke at all, like some atheists and religious leaders of certain denominations wants us to believe.
Let us also not be foolish ones and slow of heart like the men who went to Emmaus. They probably also though it was a joke that their death master would have risen from the dead. When we read the story we can see that they had no faith in that rumour they heard. (Luke 24)
Those men with many others had hoped that their master teacher would be the one to redeem Israel, but were sad he had been killed by the nation’s leaders. Later these men walking to Emmaus came to understand the man walking with them was not just a stranger but also not a ghost, but the real Jeshua, Jesus Christ, who had been with them for months before his death. They became aware it was no impersonator and that it was no joke, but sincere reality, him whom they had followed, being with them again, though he was been declared death, but now was alive.
“while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures” (Luke 24:33).
For many it can take many years before they come to see the true essence of Jesus, that he is the Way to God (and not God Himself) and that it is this sent one from God who really was tempted more than once (remember: God can not be tempted) and really was bullied, tortured and killed (whilst man can do God nothing and God cannot die).
To see and understand the Biblical doctrine it may take lots of time for some. Therefore we should be patient and not see for just one day. We should show them how they where lured in lies and should show them the Biblical reality so that they suddenly also can come to see what the scriptures mean, so that their hearts also shall come to thrill and they with us shall be able to say they’ll “burn” with spiritual excitement.
At all times let us be patient enough to convince others of the Biblical Truth and to have their heart burn for that Biblical Truth of Salvation by that sent one from God who was raised from the dead by his heavenly Father.