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Taking Prisoners

Leviticus 24:12 (NKJV)
They put him in custody until the will of the LORD should be made clear to them.

OBSERVATION
In the middle of a conflict, an Israelite "blasphemed the name of the Lord and cursed..." So he was brought to Moses to determine what the man's punishment should be.

APPLICATION
How many times have I rushed to judgment? There are many situations that I have a tendency to make immediate decisions based on the emotion of the situation, or my own intuition, or assumptions that prove to be underdeveloped at best. What caught me in this passage is that Moses and the elders found a way not only to buy time, but determined to to take any action until the will of the Lord was clear.

This brings to mind many scriptures...
* We can discover and "prove" the will of God: Romans 12:2 - Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
* We need to place our thoughts in "custody": 2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

* There's even the precedent set by the apostles when determining the biggest issue they faced addressing the inclusion of the Gentiles: Acts 15:28
It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us...

I've said in the past that I've never made a mistake by moving to slowly, but I have made big ones by moving too quickly. I need to place the pressing issues in my life in custody, not to forget about them, but to give me the necessary time to process with the Lord (and my counselors) and determine the will of God.

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