Weekly Pursuit – Week 4 of August

Aug 24, 2021 by

Verses:

1 Cor. 12:12 “For even as the body is one and has many members, yet all the members of the body, being many, are one body, so also is the Christ.”

 

Excerpts:

Dan did not care for the other tribes; he cared only for his own tribe. After he won the victory and gained the expansion, the enlargement, he did something for himself. This was the source of his apostasy. According to the Old Testament, the Lord never forgot Dan’s apostasy. In the eyes of God it was the worst sin in His economy. Nothing is more damaging than divisiveness. Nothing is more destructive than division among God’s people. Divisive worship centers are often related to idols. Because the devil lurks behind idols, by setting up an idol Dan became a serpent. Whenever you become divisive, no matter how good your reason may be, there will be something behind you—the serpent, the subtle one. The whole history of the church testifies of this and our experience confirms it. Whenever you do not care for others, but only for your interests, doing something merely for yourself, the serpent is at hand. The best way to be safeguarded from falling into apostasy is taking care of others. Suppose Dan had contacted the other tribes and said, “Brothers, do you agree that I set up another worship center in the city of Dan?” Had he done this, the others would have said, “Brother, don’t do this. Deuteronomy 12, 14, 15, and 16 forbid us to have any other center of worship that we may come to the unique center.” If Dan had consulted the other tribes, he would have been kept from apostasy. But being individualistic, he set up another worship center and fell into apostasy. (Life-study of Genesis, msg. 103)

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