Summary: Negative attitudes in our lives and churches can cause grave damage to all.

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The first Pastor in the bible I believe was Moses to the congregation of Israel. He was called of God in (Exodus 3:1,10,11). In less our leadership of God’s people be properly called of God, it is and will be just another position filled, without the blessing’s of the Lord. Pastors are called to many tasks, some they might want or many tasks’ that they might not ever want , but they deserve our full reverence and respect, because it is without a doubt the highest calling in the world. Love your Pastor and pray for him and his family.

I want to share with you today a story from the book of Numbers in the Old Testament, Chapter 16. It most surely fits a vivid description of many church congregations’ today.

We have several character fittings in this valuable story, most, of which are God, Moses, Aaron, Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and the congregation of Israel.

In today’s message we find Korah and 250 princes of the congregation of Israel gathering themselves together against Moses and Aaron, complaining that they unjustifiably misused the authority they held. They thought they were just as Holy as they were, hearing this Moses fell upon his face. And Moses spoke to Korah and all his company to come tomorrow, before the Lord and the Lord will show who is his. “Take you censers, you and all your company, put fire in them and put incense in them, and it shall be that the man whom the Lord shall chose, he shall be Holy.”

Korah was a Levite and had already been separated from the congregation of Israel to do service of the Tabernacle of the Lord (this was according to God’s will). Korah was a ringleader with two friends named Dathan and Abiram. Moses sent to call for Dathan and Abiram but they would not come and replied back, “Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself a prince over us?” How silly a statement like that was, when in Egypt they had indeed been in bondage! Then Moses had become angry (righteous angry). Moses pleads his innocence before the Lord, claiming to have been a true servant and leader.

As Korah and his company came before the Lord the next day, God spoke to Moses and Aaron and said “separate yourselves from among this congregation so that I may consume them in a moment”. Then they fell on their faces, and said, “O God, the God of Spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin and You be angry with all the congregation?” The Lord then told Moses to speak to the congregation and Moses spoke saying, “Depart now from the tents of these wicked men!” and the congregation departed from around the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Moses said: “By this you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them on my own will.” Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words that the ground split apart under Korah, Dathan, and Abiram and swallowed them up, along with their households. So they and all them went down alive into the pit and the earth closed over them. And a fire came out from the Lord and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering incense.And turned them to ashes. Thus there were two distinct punishments, the pit and the fire.

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Stan Harbour

commented on Sep 7, 2006

what happened to printer friendly? Took 7 pages to get two page sermon.

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