Week 19 Day 3
Tuesday (Numbers 15-16)
The Rebellion of Korah, The Judgment on the Rebels, The Atonement for the Rebellion
The people were gathered into a large bowl-shaped area near an overhang of rocky cliff which functioned as a natural auditorium.
The elderly teacher used a portable amplifier, provided by the host government, to be certain that everyone could hear him – without a need to shout.
He took them back to the time of Moses, after the people’s fear had caused them to miss their opportunity to enter the promised land – and some of them tried to scapegoat Moses and Aaron.
Korath, of the tribe of Levi, gathered 250 men to accuse Moses and Aaron of taking too much authority.
Moses uttered an ‘imprecatory prayer’, asking the Lord to not accept their offering and therefore withhold forgiveness – to cause them to receive the full punishment of the law for their sin.
God separated-out the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Moses declared that his authority from God would be known when those who challenged him died a sudden and unnatural death. God opened the ground and it swallowed them – then He sent flames like fire out to kill all of the 250 who had rebelled.
The people accused Moses of killing the men and spoke disrespectfully and rebelliously against Moses and Aaron. God instructed Moses to move away from the people so that He could strike them all dead.
Moses sent Aaron to make atonement for them – as he pleaded with the Lord, a plague had already begun. 14,700 people died before Aaron could place the incense upon the coals in their midst.
Rebellion against Moses was rebellion against God’s authority and the rebels had to be removed from the population.
Dear Lord, The attacks on Moses and Aaron were precursors to the attacks upon Jesus. May I not challenge the authority of Jesus, nor of the indwelling Holy Spirit, through overt disobedience and/or subtle disrespect for the clear and life-changing meaning found in Your Word. Please show me where I have rebelled against legitimate authority – because they are holding me accountable for the consequences of my choices. I will confess my sin and repent. I will humbly submit to the legitimate authority which is delivering chastisement for my sin. Perhaps a bosses-sanction for carelessness or laziness, a business assessing a fine or penalty for some element of a contract, a law enforcement officer enforcing the law (e.g. a traffic offense), a parent punishing a child for disrespect or disobedience, a politician challenging those who misuse power for selfish ends, a regulator enforcing rules, a pastor/elder holding me accountable to the Bible, or a teacher punishing cheating or misbehavior or sloth. Discipline is part of discipleship. Amen. dmc2015