Thursday, August 20th 2009
"These things went on befalling them as examples, and they were written for a warning to us."(1 Corinthians 10:11)
David is primarily remembered, neither as a military commander nor as a musician and composer, but as “a man agreeable to [God’s] heart.” (1 Samuel 13:14) We know Daniel, not for his work as a Babylonian government official, but for his service as Jehovah’s loyal prophet; Esther, not as queen of Persia, but as an example of courage and faith; Peter, Andrew, James, and John, not as successful fishermen, but as apostles of Jesus. And ultimately, Jesus himself is to us, not “the carpenter,” but “the Christ.” (Mark 6:3; Matthew 16:16) All of these understood well that whatever talents, assets, or status they enjoyed, their life must revolve, not around their secular careers, but around their service to God. They knew that the noblest and most rewarding purpose that they could have was to be a man or a woman of God.
(Watchtower issue 10/01/07 1:16, 17)
*this weeks Bible reading in the book of Numbers gives some other good modern-day 'warnings' for us. In each of the chapters (11-13), there is a different example showing the types of attitude & behavior which got the Israelites into trouble, which we want to avoid.
Chapter 11 -the issue was two-fold...first, the Israelites complaining & murmuring against God, showed a lack of appreciation for the provision of the manna he gave them. Which then, turned into outright greed & selfish craving, once Jehovah did provide them with the meat that they asked for.
Chapter 12 - shows the danger of allowing pride, ambition, and jealousy to take root and cause us to slander or speak out against a fellow Christian who has a position of oversight in the congregation, which is what happened with Aaron and Miriam. The presence of Moses' new wife, Zipporah, most likely began to stir up feelings of jealousy and competition in Miriam's mind, making her feel threatened by this 'new woman in the camp'
Chapter 13 - the biggest issue here (which will have its conclusion in next week's Bible reading) shows the Israelites lack of faith and trust in Jehovah, by listening to the negative report given by the men who went to spy out the land of Canaan, instead of listening to Caleb and Joshua, who did their best to try and bolster the people's courage and remind them to put their trust in Jehovah. The fact that the people had personally seen with their own eyes all the miracles and the ten plagues which God had just recently performed in their behalf prior to their exodus from Egypt, and seeing firsthand how Jehovah was able to protect them and provide them with escape from Pharoah's army through the Red Sea, shows what an extreme lack of respect and faith they had in him.