• William T. Howe Ph.D.

February 15, 2021

Daily Reading: Numbers 8-10

Numbers 9:6

And there were certain men, who were defiled by the dead body of a man, that they could not keep the passover on that day: and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day:

Conflict resolution. That is what they call it. When two parties have a disagreement a conflict commences. Most often these conflicts are not dealt with properly and they grow into anger, resentment, and even hate. Every relationship, every agreement, to some degree or another has conflicts arise. The fact that there are and will be conflicts cannot be averted, even among the most well-intentioned individuals, but the way they are managed can, and must be improved upon. In today's reading there is an unspoken lesson about conflict resolution.

God commanded the Passover to be observed on the fourteenth day of the first month (this was one year since Israel's deliverance from Egypt, the Passover being the last of the ten plagues). But certain men had a problem. Because they were defiled by evidently touching a dead body they knew that they were disqualified from observing the Passover. They were conflicted. They wanted to observe the Passover yet knew that they were not supposed to due to their coming into contact with a dead body. This was serious because the penalty for not keeping the Passover was to be cut off from the people and to bear their own sin (receive no forgiveness).

Moses heard their conflict and brought it to the Lord. The Lord God then came up with a resolution to the conflict. He told Moses that in the case of these men, and future issues of the same, that they could observe the Passover on the fourteenth day of the second month. Within this story we find a three-step process to use for any conflict.

One: clearly make known the issues to both parties.

Two: pray to God and obtain His Word on the matter.

Three: accept God's resolution.

Simple right? Not so simple, for this process takes the honesty of both parties, humility, and a sincere desire to obey God's principles as found in His Word through prayer. This seems easy enough, but we all know it isn't. Most often one party wants the other to do what God says but will not themselves be willing to do the same if His Word disagrees with their position. Frankly, the resolution of the majority of conflicts is easily found in Scripture. However, the difficulty is finding two parties that are perfectly willing to accept His Word on the matter.

When conflicts arise try to implement this simple three step approach to find a resolution. All the while being prepared to accept God's Word on the matter even if it means that you are the one that needs to do the changing.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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