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Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy Theory

24 February 2011

Today’s Reading: Numbers 14-16; Mark 3

Scripture:

1 One day Korah son of Izhar, a descendant of Kohath son of Levi, conspired with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth, from the tribe of Reuben. 2 They incited a rebellion against Moses, along with 250 other leaders of the community, all prominent members of the assembly. (Numbers 16:1-2 NLT)

A prominent member of the tribe of Levi, discontent with his role as a Tabernacle servant, conspired with three leaders of the tribe of Reuben to challenge Moses’ leadership and Aaron’s priesthood role. 250 other prominent leaders, all members of the official leadership council, were caught up in their rebellion.

“Birds of a feather…” In today’s reading from Mark 3, the hyper-religious Pharisees and the secular-Jewish supporters of King Herod, sworn enemies up until then, united in their efforts to plan the murder of Jesus.

It seems like common attitudes have a magnetic attraction. Discontented and negative people are drawn together even if they have nothing in common but their discontent and their negativity!

Faithful, supportive, God-focused people can draw together as well and can speak up just as strongly as the negative, the jealous, the discontented, and the rebellious.

16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name. 17 “They will be my people,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child. 18 Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.” (Malachi 3:16-18 NLT)

Prayer:

Father, I love your people and I love your purpose. May my heart attitude draw me into relationships that will be beneficial and helpful. Help me to always use my voice, my influence, and my relationships to bless and strengthen your people and your purpose. May I be an encourager, a faith-lifter, and a hope-giver. Amen.

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