Reading #1 – Numbers 16:16-30
Reading #2 – Psalms 115
Reading #3 – Job 20
Reading #4 – Matthew 12:38-50
Reading #5 – Hebrews 9:15-28
Numbers 16:16-30 – Korah’s Rebellion. One of the key observations for this section is that Moses did not argue the validity of Korah’s argument because what he had to say was true to a point. The problem was in the application. Moses and Aaron were in the place of leadership at the Lord’s behest and by challenging their leadership, the best way to solve the issue was to present themselves to the Lord (16-19). The judgment was given by the Lord to have the people separate themselves from the wicked people so that He could create a gulf to destroy the wicked people. Dathan and Abiram stood at the entrance of their tents in defiance thinking, “go ahead Moses take your best shot”. Moses, just like Elijah, argued “if these men die of natural causes then the Lord has not sent me” (20-30, 2 Kings 1:9-10).
Palm 115 – To Your Name Give Glory. Where we struggle in our walk with the Lord, Just like Moses struggled, is that when we give praise to G_d, it is a personal choice so we don’t need to argue His cause. The G_d we serve is in Heaven above all principalities, powers, and dominions (1-3, Colossians 1:16). Because He is over all things, He has the ultimate control and He exercises it with wisdom and justice although it doesn’t look like it. The idols of the world are man-made and have no voice, they cannot see, and they cannot feel (4-8). The Lord is our helper, our banner, our provider, and our healer to all who put their trust in Him (9-11). No matter what we are going through in life, He will help us face the issues and overcome them if we ask Him (12-15). The Lord reigns in the Kingdom of G_d but man lives on this earth and has the power to change his/her world in the time they are given. Once we have died, there will be no more words to write, no songs to sing, and our praises will not be heard on this earth (16-18).
Job 20 – Zophar Speaks: The Wicked Will Suffer. What Zophar has to say is true but it’s false in the application and that is, “Job you are a wicked man”. Job had apparently offended Zophar because what Job had to say was true (1-3). What Zophar had to say, became a self-proclamation of his demise” (4-29).
Matthew 12:38-50 – The Sign of Jonah. The signet ring was the sign of the King’s authority. When people would argue against the Pharisees, they would show that Jesus signed off on their claims. So when Jesus said, “if you want my signet ring, here it is, “Sign of Jonah” or “Jonah’s example”. Jonah fulfilled his role as “Prophet’ begrudgingly likewise, the Pharisees would do the will of the Lord without even knowing about it. When they handed him over for crucifixion, they would cheer not knowing what will happen 3 days later. The people of Ninevah would have repented had they saw what they had done and received the message of mercy and grace (38-42). The person who was cleaned from his unrighteousness was put on notice that his salvation experience would require continual care and maintenance because the spirit that was expelled could come back and cause more problems (43-45). Getting saved has nothing to do with lineage although members of his family did get saved (46-50).
Hebrews 9: 15-28 – Mediator of the New Covenant. The purpose of the Mediator is to guide both parties to a resolution by agreeing to the important articles. The mediator does not hand down a solution, he helps the principal parties to see the important issues and help them to find a resolution. Jesus had shed his blood willingly that the person coming to him might be cleansed from the evil that held that person bound. Jesus’ Will was that there would be peace for Diaspora and for all mankind. For peace to occur, the arguments had to be resolved and the fights ceased. Jesus did not tell people “you had better find peace”, he gave his life that whatever confronts us, we can know with absolute assurance that the price had been paid by the shedding of his blood (15-22). The sacrifices in the Old Testament solved symptomatically the gaping wound of the people (23-28, Jeremiah 6:14-15). In the same way, when we pay the price for our mistakes or demands from the offended party, we solve the symptom but it will never be enough because that person will come repeatedly decrying the issues.