Nothing too urgent as not to ask the Father part2

Just like we learnt in part one of this article( ),every act of omission or commission attracts a share of consequences.Let’s learn from two more examples: One day Moses went up Mount Sinai to commune with God about the laws to govern the Israelites,he seemed to delay in coming back,the people got so impatient and asked Aaron his brother to make them gods to lead them instead(Exodus 32:1), Aaron despite being a fully consecrated priest(Exodus 29),who clearly knew the precepts of God,went ahead and obliged to do as they asked. We don’t read anywhere that he tried to talk them out of this greivous sin.Being a priest of God,who was in possession of Urim and Thummin(Exodus 28:30)(these were two objects attached to an ephod and used in divination and knowing the will of God and making a decision back in ancient Israel(Num 27:21,1Sam 23:9-13,1Sam 28:6,1Sam 30:7-8,Ezra 2:63) ,and having walked with Moses who on various occasions was consulting God, i suppose he should have raised the issue with God as we see Moses doing when faced with similar straits(Exodus 17:4),For some reason known better only to God(we see God not punishing him whatsoever) Aaron decided to go ahead with this plan of rebellion,He collected gold from the Israelites and made a golden calf for them.(Exodus 32:2-6). God got so wroth with them,He thought of destroying them(Exodus 32:10) ,but His servant Moses beseeched (a lesson to us believers to fervently intercede even for the sinners) Him and He relented(Exodus 32:11-14).But look at what happens next.Moses after finishing talking with God went down the mountain,in his hands he was carrying the tablets which had the covenant law written by God,with a double expression here we are notified that it was the work of God(it was God who had written it with His finger)(Exodus 32:16),showing us how carefully the tablets were to be handled.When Moses neared the camp he saw the ignominious golden calf and the dancing,he got so angry(it was annoying enough for them to have made the idol but now when they merrily danced around it,it exploded him off) and he threw down the tablets(work of God) breaking it into pieces(Exodus 32:19) ,in the same rage he took the golden calf ,ground it into powder scattered it in water and forced the Israelites to drink it.Seeking answers from Aaron,who was left in charge of the Israelites ,only made him angrier ,This ushered in the next phase of consequences ,Having seen the great sin done,and the rebellion at hand,he asked who among the crowd was still on the true God’s side.All the Levites rallied to him,In the name of God he ordered them each to pick his sword and go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother, friend and neighbor to which they obliged,about three thousand people were killed that day.(what a severe judgement,its bad enough to be killed,but now when its done by your kin,friend or neighbor it becomes worse).For this very act the Levites were set apart for Lord and He blessed them on that day(Exodus 32:25-29),(it should be a lesson to us that despite the grievous sin abound there were still some people who remained loyal to the true God and as a result He pulled them closer to Him on top of blessing them,how many of us believers can stand to be counted in such a moment???) On the following day Moses went to the Lord to seek atonement for the sin done by the Israelites,interestingly , him being a true shepherd ,should the Lord refuse to forgive the flock Moses was leading he requested to share in their fate(punishment)(Exodus 32:31)(What a challenge to us the current shepherds,leaders,teachers of the family,church,nation etc,how many of us can be willing to share in the fate of our flock,isn’t this the true measure of the stewardship, aren’t these the very words used by our Lord Jesus Christ when teaching about shepherds?(…true shepherd lays his life down for his flock…(John 10:11-13). The Lord replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.”And the Lord struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.(this should teach us a lesson that Almighty God is a righteous judge who in due time will judge everyone according to his/her doing and deliver the deserving punishment.Equally He is a merciful Father who despite our many shortcomings He still walks with us until when the doors of mercy will be closed (Luke 13:25)). From the act of Aaron obliging to the sinful demand of the Israelites we have learnt about several consequences which befell them,not forgetting also He is the Lord who punisheth even the next generations of people who hate Him(Exodus 20:5,Numbers 14:18).In the second example we learn about Saul.After King Saul had reigned for two years over Israel,he chose three thousand men ,divided them in two groups, a thousand he put under Jonathan, his son,two thousand under his command.Jonathan attacked a Philistine garrison at Geba,When the Philistines amassed their forces in readines to respond,the Israelites were greatly distressed,actually they hid in caves, in thickets, in rocks, in holes, and in pits. (1 Sam 13:6-7),some even escaped to Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. Then he waited for seven days, according to the time set by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. So Saul instead of waiting for Samuel a little bit longer despite the set time having lapsed or even trying to consult God as we read him doing later on(1 Sam 14:37,41),he decided to offer the offerings himself which was in great contravention of God’s instructions ,he said, “Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.” And he offered the burnt offering. Now it happened, as soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might greet him. Samuel greatly rebuked King Saul for having broken the commandment of God,but Saul tried to justify himself by saying that he saw that Samuel had delayed in coming at the set time and the Philistines were gathering at Mikmash ready to attack the Israelites,hence he decided to seek for favor from God,unfortunately he got disfavor because to God disobedience is worse than divination(1 Sam 15:22-23),Samuel reprimanded Saul for having acted foolishly as the fear of the Lord surely is the beginning of wisdom(Prov 9:10)(by carrying out these offerings ,Saul behaved like someone who didn’t fear God who had given the commandment).After carrying out the offerings a chain of events took place:Samuel reminds him of the great promise in which God would have established his (Saul) kingdom over Israel for all the time(promise lost),but now his kingdom wouldn’t endure(judgement given),and God sought a man after His own heart whom he appoints ruler over His people(consequence;kingship lost),it must have been a difficult situation for Saul to be at loggerheads with God only at the third year of his forty two year reign over Israel,this can explain why he had a very tumultuous reign(1 Sam 14:52).From this unfortunate incident it is clear that death was imminent, the young inexperienced King Saul and his men were greatly scared and outnumbered by the Philistines,actually when King Saul saw his men scattering leaving him alone, great fear gripped him ,hence he transgressed against God, but despite all these considerations his actions are not excused,rather they are greatly rebuked and punished,not forgetting he was the very same person who had provoked the Philistines(1 Sam 13:3-4) and we don’t read of anywhere he had consulted anyone before doing it,What a hot lesson to us the believers,Even at the straits of death we should always have God in mind,consult and obey His precepts and for every act of omission or commission in due time we shall have the consequences to deal with,Saul having dared the Philistines now is here losing his kingship even before they could attack!

From the entirety of this article ,both part1&2 ,we have one lesson; that in all our affairs we should always have God in mind,consult and heed to His guidance.No matter our status or office in the society all our acts of omission or commission will always attract a well measured set of consequences which may be active in both the current and future generations hence underpinning the need to always consult God no matter the spur of the moment.


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