Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday,March 10, 2017
In Num 12 we have two prominent individuals mentioned, Aaron, who was the high priest in Israel, and Miriam was a female prophetess, so they both had a measure of authority.
As the High Priest, Aaron was the leader of all the other priest in Israel who were all of the tribe of Levi, known as the Levitical priests of Israel.
As the female prophetess, Miriam was a leader and teacher of the females in Israel, females only, by the way.
They were both individuals of a prominent position.They were also both family members, his own brother and sister.
Just like Satan used Eve to get to the man, Miriam is now being used to get to Aaron.
Aaron should have remembered how Moses stood as his friend when God was angry with him for murmuring and complaining.
a. Loyalty as a virtue is loyalty to Bible Doctrine, including perception, spiritual growth, and the fulfillment of the royal family honor code.
b. Loyalty as an evil is involvement in the cosmic system and apostasy.
1. Joab flunked this test when he obeyed David’s order to assassinate Uriah the Hittite, 2Sa 11:5-27.
2. The people on Mt. Carmel flunked this test when they obeyed the order of Elijah to kill the prophets of Baal, 1KI 18:40.
3. Aaron flunked this test when he obeyed the orders of the people to manufacture the golden calf.
4. Thousands of Jewish citizens flunked the test when they succumbed to the pleasing personality of Absalom who turned on his father David, 2Sa 13-15.
Bathsheba becomes pregnant, and so David calls Uriah home to have sex with his wife, hoping it will be thought that he has gotten his wife pregnant.
When this does not work, David gives orders to Joab, the commander of the army, which arranges for Uriah’s death in battle.
Here’s where Joab’s first form of loyalty to David becomes an evil form of loyalty.
Should Uriah obey the king, or operate in his own integrity and follow the officer’s code which says that while his troops are in the field, he must never go near his family?
Be loyal and follow his integrity and obey the officers code, or be loyal to the king?
Prin-The present was designed to encourage their intimacy and their inevitable copulation, and to cover David’s sin of adultery.
Second prin-Uriah was not only a great soldier but he maintained his integrity and remained professional even when the king tried to make him reject the officer’s code.
David reasons that a person who is incorruptible while sober can be corrupted once he’s had a lot to drink, perhaps this also happened experientially to David.
Moses also committed murder, Exo 2:12, Act 7:28.
Joab was also a part of this conspiracy and the Bible also teaches that Joab will also pay for what he is doing as well.
General Joab and the Israeli army made a terrible decision and lost many casualties.
All the events of the war include the fact that three of the best companies in the Jewish army all retreated and left one company to die.
All the events of the war include the fact that heavy casualties resulted because of the Jewish army “retreating” and “deserting” one of their own companies.
This is another reason why we know that Joab is willfully involved in this, and willfully did his part in the murder of Uriah.
Joab was loyal to David in obeying his orders, but Joab, at the same time, violated every principle of integrity and honesty.
Joab should have disobeyed David by emphasizing integrity, honesty and honor.
Because Joab chose to obey and be a loyal to a superior officer, he became guilty by complicity and he will die as a mature believer under the sin unto death for his attitude that day.
Joab will share David’s guilt and David’s discipline because and the supreme court of heaven did not overlook Joab in punishment for this violation of the officer’s code of ethics as well as the principles of the Word of God.
Joab’s personal standards as a believer in Christ and his military ethics as a professional soldier should have caused him to refuse to obey an order that was sinful, conspiratorial and obviously involved the arrogance of his commander and chief.
The people on Mt. Carmel flunked this test when they obeyed the order of Elijah to kill the prophets of Baal, 1KI 18:40.
1KI 18:40 Then Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape.” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
Aaron flunked this test when he obeyed the orders of the people to manufacture the golden calf, Exo 32:1-4.
Thousands of Jewish citizens flunked the test when they succumbed to the pleasing personality of Absalom who turned on his father David, 2Sa 13-15.
a. In the local church, you may follow someone who seeks to undermine the authority of the pastor.
b. In business, you may follow the pleasing personality who leads you to undermine the authority of management.
c. In social life, you may follow an attractive person who leads you into a clique which undermines the authority of parents, or which attacks others.
d. In the military, police or fire departments, evil loyalty undermines the commander.
e. As a believer, you will have to face the loyalty test in every facet of your life, just as you will face the injustice test.
The injustice test comes from authority. The loyalty test comes from a pleasing personality with no authority.
The test of loyalty or undermining legitimate authority will come first as a teenager, then in the local church, and then as you grow, it will come in every
facet of your life.
Integrity plus virtue‑loyalty equals honor.
Prin-Integrity for the believer is Bible doctrine resident in the soul.
Second prin: The believer’s humility is his loyalty to doctrine.
Third prin: Loyalty to doctrine supersedes loyalty to self.