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Taking care of the trust and authority God has given to us

February 27, 2013

Numbers 12:1-16

“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman.  And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.” – v.1-2

I believe we can learn four important things in this passage of Scripture:

1.  God stands behind the authority of His servant (v.6-8)

Moses was not perfect, he had defects and weaknesses, but he was the man God had chosen and called to lead His people and God stands behind His established authority!

Romans 13:1-2, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God; the powers that be ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God; and they that resist whall receive to themselves damnation.”

2. God hears the murmurings against His ordained authority and is provoked to wrath when we resist it (v.2b, 9)

Exodus 16:8b – “…for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him; and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.”

3.  Moses made a personal decision which was cause for division among his leaders… (v.1)

Our personal testimony as servants of the Lord will increase or diminish our authority and credibility… (1 Timothy 3:1-7)

4.  One of the principal reasons God kept Moses around and stood behind him was because of his humility and meekness (v.3)

James 4:6 – “But he giveth more grace.  Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

Psalms 75:7 – “But God is the judge; he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”

Psalms 147:6 – “The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.”

Conclusion:  We should value the authority which God has entrusted us with as His servants.  We ought to continually earn the trust and respect of those who follow us and take care of our personal testimony and never abuse our leadership position.  But most of all, we should stay humble before the Lord because as Nebuchadnezzar learned and gave testimony in Daniel 4:37 – “…those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”

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