A bit of housekeeping: Well, all, after an unexpected week off, I’ve decided to change the calendar a bit, at least for me. So, I’m picking up where I left off. Sorry if this messes anybody up. It was a long week.
Here we are, still in the wilderness. Still seeing miracles one day and doubting the next. Moses is still leading the people, but it must be tough. Every time the people encounter any kind of uncomfortable circumstance, they blame Moses and then blame God.
This time, it was really bad. Though it’s called “Korah’s Rebellion,” it was really a rebellion of leaders against Moses.They even wanted to stone Moses and Aaron.
Numbers 16: 1 Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took action, 2 and they rose up before Moses, together with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, chosen in the assembly, men of renown.3 They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?”
They were angry because they wanted more power. They didn’t like that Moses seemed to set himself above them and were ready to stage a coup. Funny, I don’t remember these guys outside their tents when the Lord said He wanted to meet with them. Nope, that was only Moses and Joshua. I also don’t remember them standing up for the Lord when the people were persuading Aaron to make a golden calf. I don’t see them doing ANYTHING good for the Lord, yet they are the ones who want the power. They want the perks of the relationship without the actual intimacy.
Oh, Moses, I feel for you! Bad people talking smack about you who don’t know what you’ve gone though for your relationship with God. People wanting the power, but none of the responsibility, none of the work. People judging you and they don’t even know you! Moses, I feel that! What should we do? Should we rough them up? Should we speak in an evil way to them? Should we remind them about all of our goodness? Maybe spread some rumor about them?
Numbers 16: 4 When Moses heard this, he fell on his face;5 and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, “Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His, and who is holy, and will bring him near to Himself; even the one whom He will choose, He will bring near to Himself.6 Do this: take censers for yourselves, Korah and all your company,7 and put fire in them, and lay incense upon them in the presence of the LORD tomorrow; and the man whom the LORD chooses shall be the one who is holy. You have gone far enough, you sons of Levi!”
So, we’re just supposed to leave it? We’re not supposed to DO anything?
Numbers 16: 31 As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open;32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions.33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
Got it. Humble yourself and let God judge. Good response. Good one, Moses. Noted.