Joshua 22:11 KJV
And the children of Israel heard say, Behold, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh have built an altar over against the land of Canaan, in the borders of Jordan, at the passage of the children of Israel.
For the first time in their history, we hear of an imminent tribal war soon as word went round that one faction of the people had done what was an abomination in the sight of God.
For the first time Israel was ready to anihilate its own in order to forestall a gruesome consequence, citing the example of Achan and co. Nobody wanted to re-visit the ‘Peor experience’ anymore, so they were ready to crush out the bad nut so the whole broth could be spared.
The zeal with which Israel was going to pursue this agenda is what caught my attention while reflecting on this passage. The same zeal is required of us in handling issues of God in this rather liberal christian societies of our time.
Like King David, the zeal for God’s house MUST consume our hearts. See what Paul the Apostle wrote in 1 Cor 5:11 or 2 Thess 3:6. We need to remember that all these must be done in love so that the real effect and results may be achieved.
Let’s keep our guards because condoning what is wrong in the congregation of God’s people is unacceptable, the ramifications could be very dire!
Have a blessed weekend.