Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Everyone a Minister

Our Bible story today and tomorrow is Korah's rebellion (Numbers 16). Some of the Levites were not satisfied with the responsibilities God had given them in caring for the temple, and coveted the office of the priesthood. In verse 3, they gathered together against Moses and Aaron and said, "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?"

I knew this was sassy. And covetous. And disrespectful. But today Pastor pointed out something I hadn't realized: the Levites ask why Moses exalted himself above the rest of the people. But Moses wasn't the one who placed him over the Israelites; God was. Asking the pastor or prophet, "What makes you so great?" is ignoring that God was the one who gave him the job. (And honestly, I don't know any pastor worth his salt who thinks he is better than his hearers. Pastors usually think they're unworthy and unfit for the office, but determine to go about their duties nevertheless, because God called them to do so.)

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