Words from the Heart for Saturday February 9th, 2019
Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram [the grumblers], and the elders of Israel followed him. He warned the assembly, “Move back from the tents of these wicked men! Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins.”
Numbers 16:25-26 (NIV)
Is the water in Canadian lakes pure enough to drink without treating it first? Not according to Health Canada. And the problem is most likely natural. Coliform bacteria occur naturally in soil and in the intestines of humans and animals. Any amount in your water could indicate that the water is contaminated by, for example, improperly treated septic and sewage discharge, or storm water runoff. Since E. coli, on the other hand, is only found in the guts of mammals, if you’ve got it in your water, it suggests the water has been contaminated with fecal material.
One of the challenges of following Jesus is the call to live a life that is often diametrically opposed to that which is common among those who have not yet been radically transformed by the grace of God. There is a spiritual tug-of-war that takes place in the human heart between a desire to follow the Lord and the temptation to unrighteousness. As the Lord was building a people who were called to mirror His holiness, He had to guard them from temptation. So in Numbers 16:25-26 we read, “Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram [the grumblers], and the elders of Israel followed him. He warned the assembly, ‘Move back from the tents of these wicked men! Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins.’” Those of us who are followers of Jesus are called to living a life that reflects His nature and His redeeming power in our lives. This means that we are called to avoid situations and opportunities that come all too regularly to get enticed back into the thinking and actions that represent our old nature.
These have been words from the heart.