Monday, March 2, 2009

You take too much upon yourselves

1 Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men; 2 and they rose up before Moses with some of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, representatives of the congregation, men of renown. 3 They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?”4 So when Moses heard it, he fell on his face; 5 and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, “Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His and who is holy, and will cause him to come near to Him. That one whom He chooses He will cause to come near to Him. 6 Do this: Take censers, Korah and all your company; 7 put fire in them and put incense in them before the LORD tomorrow, and it shall be that the man whom the LORD chooses is the holy one. You take too much upon yourselves, you sons of Levi!” (Numbers 16:1-7)

The choosing of the Lord is everything. From the foundation of the world, God chooses such as shall be saved, but by not choosing some to be saved, He also chooses such as shall not be saved. God chooses our roles in life, and that there be differences in the roles of men and women. God chooses our stations, and who will be rich, and who will be middle class, and the conditions of poverty. Jesus said, "The poor you shall have with you always, but come, follow Me." God chooses what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is bad, what are the consequences and outcomes for particular actions.

Evil and wicked men and women cannot abide with the notion that God chooses; they take too much upon themselves, and eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, subconsciously lusting for the empty promise that they will be as gods, choosing for themselves what is good and what is evil.

It is the Law of God, encompassing the whole of the Scriptures (both Old and New Testaments) read as an integrated whole, that defines for us God's choices. We need a radical change of heart, and an infilling with the Holy Spirit, to be able to willingly submit to the choosings of God. Paul learned to be content in whatever condition he found himself in, whether abased or abounding, because He understood the choosing of God. Our part is to choose the choosings of God: "I delight to do Thy will O Lord, and to walk with Thee is not grievous unto me." "Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

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