seek, don’t wrest, the holiness of God

It’s been a fabulous two weeks!  During my absence from blogging I’ve managed to have a bachelor party, get married, go on a honeymoon, and get ordained.  Whoa, it’s been a wild ride. 

Today’s Old Testament reading is from Numbers and depicts a revolt among the Israelites against their leaders, Moses and Aaron.  These men, Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, want to have the same holiness that Moses and Aaron had attained.  In the end, the rebels learn their lesson: it’s not wise to rise up against God’s appointed servants.  If they wanted to attain holiness, it would have been far sensible to follow God rather than to find their own way out of the wilderness.

This brief biblical encounter had me thinking about my own ordination.  Had I not too approached the altar of God, demanding that some sort of holiness, some elevated status of godliness be thrust upon me in ordination?  I pray that I did this deed, that I answered God’s call with reverence and humility.  If not, God help me.

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