To Come Near Unto Him…
What is the cause of our complaints against the Lord, our God? Is it our actions or is it the commands of the Lord? When we turn our back on the Lords commands are we not living in sin?
The greatest commandment of all was appointed by Jesus Christ. One of the most important aspects of this commandment is thus…”On these two commandments hang all the laws and the prophets.”
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. ~ Matthew 22:36-40 KJB
We are to live in this great commandment. We are not to challenge the Lord, our God, but we are to love Him, honor Him and glorify Him. We can’t do that if we are in a state of frustration, anger or jealousy of His strength, power and authority. The sons of Levi did not understand this. They believed it was their duty to challenge the Lord in the sight of Moses and Aaron. This is not how we find favor in the Lord.
Even if we bring an assembly of high ranking, respected members of the community before God to say that we are something other than who God says we are, well, probably a bad idea. Knowing who we are in the Kingdom of God is serious business. If we “think” we know who we are and challenge our God with our will and place our will before God’s will…
and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?
And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face: and he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him. ~ Numbers 16:3-5 KJB
Even reading this sounds like a bad idea. What would be the profit, what good could possibly come from this, other than a tyrant of the highest order? What could the sons of Levi, being Korah, Dathan and Abiram, what could possibly be their motive other than absolute rule over the Israelites?
Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. ~ Numbers 16:31-32 NKJB
It is not our place to challenge our Lord. It is not our place to assign ourselves an identity in the Kingdom of God, the Lord and the Lord alone is responsible for our identity in His Kingdom. When we know who we are in the Kingdom of God and walk in our Christ Identity, good things come to our life. When we walk in our will, well…ask Korah and all his men how that worked out.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.