“A RIOT IN THE WILDERNESS” – MIKE BAMILOYE

Numbers 16:1-3
1. Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi,
with Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth,
sons of Reuben, took men;

2. and they rose up before Moses with some of the children of Israel,
two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, representatives of
the congregation,men of renown.
3. They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them,
“You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy,
every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt
yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?”
12. And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, but they said, “We will not come up!
15. Then Moses was very angry, and said to the Lord, “Do not
respect their offering. I have not taken one donkey from them,
nor have I hurt one of them.”
23. So the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
24. “Speak to the congregation, saying, ‘Get away from the
tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.’ ”

Leadership is a calling, and follower-ship is a calling. God called some people to lead and He called some people to follow. All of us can not be leaders and all of us can not be followers, there must be a leader, but leadership is by calling and some people would be called to follow the leader to accomplish a common goal towards the expansion of the kingdom of God. So many people love to be in the position of leadership, but not everyone can pay the price Moses paid to sit on that seat. And it was Moses alone The Lord called to the top of the mountain to stand before him. It was him who stayed on the mountain with the Lord for 40 days and nights, while the rest were in their various tents with their wives and children. That was a high price of leadership.

It was Moses who went back to the mountain to stand another 40 days and nights, when the unbelievable idolatrous actions of Israel made him break the tablets of stones he had waited for 40 days and nights before The Lord to receive. That was another high price of leadership. A lot of leaders paid heavy price for the stubbornness of their followers. That is one of the high price of leadership.

It was Moses who received instructions for the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness before bringing the master-plan down from the mountain for the builders Bezaleel and Aholiab to build.

Now, certain elder among the elders of the tribes of Israel, Korah, a Levite and Datan and Abiram had become very jealous of the leadership status of Moses, and had gathered about 250 local elders of tribes together against the leadership of Moses.

They questioned his authority. They doubted his leadership power. It was sheer jealousy and envy at work. And many innocent people in the congregation bought their honey-coated evil reasons against Moses. They joined in the protest in the wilderness. So there was a Riot in the Wilderness.

Moses looked at Korah and said to him, ‘Is it a small thing that The Lord has given you the opportunity to serve before Him, you and your brethren sons of Levi, what else do you want?”

Numbers 16:10c-11
And are you seeking the priesthood also?
Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against the Lord. And what is Aaron that you complain against him?”

The bottom line is, any gathering against a Godly leader is actually ‘gathering against The Lord ‘, and it is evil and carries a lot of terrible consequences. It is a Suicide Mission.

Numbers 16:12
And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, but they said, “We will not come up!”

You will notice arrogance and disobedience manifesting in the life of those people who gang up against a Godly leader. Refusing to heed their instructions and walking in opposite directions of their leader’s instructions. This is very common in christian circles today. A lot of break-aways are results of this spiritual gang-ups. The foundations of many broken branches are full of sabotage and crafty manipulations.

Don’t forget that Moses is always in direct communication with God, and so when the Bible says he was very angry at the attitude of these people and spoke to God to disregard all their offerings and sacrifices, because he had not offended them, God listened immediately.

And that is a terrible request of a Godly leader from God: “Do not respect their offerings and sacrifices”. That means all the previous offerings and sacrifices should be disregarded as a result of the evil the person has done to his Godly leader. And if God should listen to that request, it is of a serious consequence.

At critical times, God comes down to fight for the Leader He had chosen. Moses was pressed to the wall and told God never to honor their sacrifices. Then, he beg God to do something He had never done before; He told God that he wanted God to make the ground open up and swallow the Wilderness Activists and their families up alive. And God listened to him. All the families of the culprits with all their sympathizers and supporters were swallowed up alive when the ground suddenly rent asunder beneath them. they went deep down in the belly of the earth screaming.

Leaders have pains. They cry in the middle of the night. They cry and there are no church members or ministry followers to wipe their tears. In the morning, they will still sit down to counsel the members, but there is no one to counsel them. Many times they feel lonely. Leadership has price. It is a Calling from God. Only those who are called of God into position of Leadership can successfully lead others and still make heaven. So, to rise up against a Godly Leader is to rise up against the Lord God who appointed them in that position. When they weep, God takes notice immediately.

When they report any of their troublesome members to God in prayers, the person is in troubles.
Many years ago, I did it. I was pressed to the wall. I was frustrated by a staff of the ministry. I had done all I needed to do. I had played all the role I could play. I was in pain in my heart. He gave me a lot of troubles and I did not know what to do again. He was sabotaging a lot of my move and plans. One day, I was in my room and I did not know how to pray about the situation, I just opened my mouth and I said: ” Lord, I hand over to you, so-so-and-so. I don’t know what to do about him again. Pls, deliver me from so-so-and-so.” And I did it in tears.
Later I forgot about it. But the dealing of the Lord came some times later and he walked out of the ministry.

When you are called to follow a leader in a ministry, your greatness and bigness in the ministry is in following that leader. Your satisfactions and fulfillment is in following that leader. Your covering is under that leader and nothing more. As long as that leader is following the Lord, you are secured. As long as that leader is obeying the Lord and you are seeing results of his obedience, you are secured and insured. Keep following him, for that is your portion. That is where you will prosper.

Leadership and followership has no relevance at the gate of heaven, it is faithfulness to what is committed into your hand, that will count at the end. If Leadership is committed into your hand, be faithful with it; and if Followership is committed into your hand, be faithful with it. You will be eternally rewarded on your faithfulness to what is committed into your hand.

Are you called to Lead, don’t run away from it, do it faithfully unto the Lord. Are you called to Follow, don’t covet the position you are not called and anointed for. Stay where the Lord has planted you and prosper there until you are moved away by God from there unto another level. When your leader is pleased with your actions and says from the depth of his heart, “God Bless You.” It is not ordinary. It is a proclamation of His Blessing. Stay in your calling.

Source: Mike Bamiloye

Jesus loves you, accept Him today, tomorrow might be too late.

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