Between Life and Death

June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

It is a natural reaction to walk away from messy situations in which you may feel somebody else has a better chance of doing something about it than you.  Especially when you are blamed for being partly responsible for creating the situation in the first place.  Aaron is a good example in Numbers 16:41-50.  After the Israelites blamed Aaron and Moses for killing “the Lord’s people” (16:41), the Lord commanded Moses to get away from the situation (16:45).  But Moses commanded Aaron “to hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them” (16:46).  Aaron did as Moses said and went right into the midst of a deadly situation of a plague that already started among the people (16:47).  “He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped” (16:48).  It certainly is much easier, and many would argue much wiser, to live your life in ways that avoid any conflict or ignore any messy situations.  But sometimes we are called to be the ones standing between life and death.  That is what Christ did for us.  Are you called to take up a responsibility that you could easily avoid or ignore, but really you should be one of those (or maybe the only one) getting involved in cleaning up the mess?

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