“Let us not be desirous of vainglory.”

Numbers 16:1-4, 16-24, 26-34

Numbers 16:3

Moses gained nothing but trial and trouble by his leadership, and yet there were traitors in the camp who would have raised a rebellion against him.

Numbers 16:17

This was an appeal to God that he might himself decide who were the authorised priests and leaders.

Numbers 16:22

How ready they were to intercede! How free from any trace of a revengeful spirit!

Numbers 16:23, 24, 26

If we would escape from the doom of the wicked, we must flee from their company.

Numbers 16:27-34

Thus, by terrible things in righteousness, did the Lord uphold the power of his servants; how much more will he maintain the throne of his Son. “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.”

 

With humble love address the Son,

Lest he grow angry, and ye die;

His wrath will burn to worlds unknown,

If ye provoke his jealousy.

 

His storms shall drive you quick to hell;

He is a God, and ye but dust;

Happy the souls that know him well,

And make his grace their only trust.

 

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