The story of Korah represents rebellion. The name Korah , in its meaning, it portrays the idea of baldness, that which is cold and frosted. As we observe closely, we will see the representation of the name and its meaning bearing a lesson for today. Rebellion is the act of disorder, and rebellion brings division. Therein, is the lack of harmony and ultimately growth, or increase. In this, we perceive the meaning of the name, (Korah) baldness, the absence of a covering of a surface. When the individual to whom right and wrong is known, but chooses to rebel against that which is right, the individual loses their covering, in baldness they are exposed. The effect is the absence of love and Divine nourishment, but being cold and frosted, they bear not a fruit, until they wither away. From this progeniture we all are, sons and daughters of rebellion, bare and exposed with nothing to show for, but with a hard heart of disobedience, and the attitude of coldness one to another. Frosted in our old ways, until destruction is imminent, but like the verse above, this we read. Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not. Though we be the children of rebellion and with a cold-heartedness, but by the grace of God, may we be conformed to the love of the Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Now that we are, we perceive, where there was once rebellion, mercy has rewritten our story to the conformity of God’s affection of love, one to another, in one accord. We endure through the trials of a broken world, but with the hope of that which is to come, being better than the present, we place our hope in heavenly places. That we may be called the children of God. Let not our past be of a hindrance for the present, but as a reminder of the great change once worked in us, so shall the future be of great accomplishments, by the grace of God. Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God.
A three-part series According to the recollection of Matthew. For this segment, we will look at the second temptation of Christ. The position of Christ. His response during the time of temptation. The lesson we ought to learn today. Therein, we read; the devil took Him (Christ) up into the holy city, and sets Him on a pinnacle of the temple , And said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Matthew 4:5-6 The phrase, the devil took Him up into the holy city, is far from a mental state wherewith our Lord simply thought on these things. On the contrary, this was carried out in the physical, as His fasting previously was real, so was His temptation. A genuine love of God must be proven to withstand the test of time. So then, one might inquire, He is the Christ, why must the Devil take Him up? To better understand the situation is to look closely at the phrase “ taketh him up ” or took . In the Greek language, the phrase implies to the idea of one going along the side of another. Therefore, in no ways was Christ forced by the Devil against His will, nor was He mystically carried away without His consent. For He said, Satan has nothing in me. Though our Lord endures the tremendous pressure of this sinful world, but let us know, He endures that we may prevail. If we being humans are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 What more about Christ our Perfection? For in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:9 That is to say, in Him there is continuously and permanently at home all the fullness of absolute deity in bodily fashion. It was once said, He laid aside His deity, without losing the possession of His deity. He became like us, but without sinning, nor taking on our sinful nature that His righteousness may be imputed to us. This we know, temptation is not a sin, only when the wrongdoing of the temptation is embraced, then the temptation becomes sin. The more we know, in knowing the will of God for us, the less we stumble. In this, the Lord said, I must be about my Father’s business. Therein, nothing else matters, but the will of the Father to be carried out. He was taken to the temple, for in all good men dwells the desire to ascend to a virtual state of perfection with God. Nevertheless, the desire to do good, but without the awareness, and reverence of God, man is vulnerable to failure, wherewith they are deceived to achieve. Herein we learn, let us keep our eyes on the Lord, and not on the desire of our hearts, lest we be deceived by what we see. Like Christ, at the pinnacle of the temple, He saw the glory of the temple and all that it had to offer. All things He saw and more, were to be His, but only by the will of God. Thus, He replied, it is written again, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. He wasn't to be lifted up by religion, by the means of the pinnacle of the temple, but He was to be lifted up through the suffering on the Cross . For out of His suffering, comes the glory of God, unto all who would believe, and freely receive. Having received this revelation, beware, your temptation is lurking ahead. Therefore, keep your eyes on the Lord, lest you be deceived.
These were the Words of the Lord unto the prophet Jonah. Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. Jonah 1:1-2 From the words of the Lord unto Jonah, herein we see a structure and an outcome. The lessons for us today are, first and foremost, it is God who calls an individual, and for His will only is that individual called. The commission Hence, the Word of the Lord came unto Jonah. Next, he who is being commissioned is addressed. Therefore, readiness and obedience must be carried out on their part. Let us be ready and arise as Jonah was commanded, and secondly, let us show obedience towards God. Knowing this, wherever He leads us, we will follow. This is faith through trust, which is obedience. Reaction to the commission Lastly, readiness is not merely saying yes Lord. More so, to be ready is to know the ways of God. Which is the righteousness of God upon the preacher. Jonah was told by the Lord to preach against the great city of Nineveh because of their sins. Sadly so, today, how can the commission of God go forth when many preachers do not know what sin is, or ignore the appearance of sin? Endurance to the commission Are we stagnant in our lives? Let us examine ourselves, in all sincerity toward God and Him only. Success is not predicated upon perfection, but sincerity and trust in the Lord are the parameters wherewith we walk to our greatest call. It's hard to take the first step When I don't know the way Each turn is so uncertain I learn to walk by faith But you gave me a promise That you will never leave You will lead and guide me Lord I do believe Lead me lord I will follow Lead me Lord I will go