Numbers 16 is one of the most sobering chapters in the bible.

Serious stuff happens in Israel’s camp.

A man named Korah comes before Moses and Aaron with about 250 others and accuses them of being power brokers.

“You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves among the assembly of the Lord?”

This is a heavy accusation against Moses and Aaron.

The problem is that Israel had asked God to deliver them.
God answered by giving them leadership through Moses with Aaron as an assistant.

In other words, Moses and Aaron had not exalted themselves as leaders. In fact, Moses was a very reluctant leader who was just doing what the Lord had told him to do.

So, who is doing the exalting of themselves as leaders?

The accusers themselves.

Korah and the other’s who were challenging the leadership were jealous and rebellious.

They felt that they and the people could do just as good of a job if not better than the leaders God had given them.

Moses questions Korah as to why serving God in the tabernacle was not enough for Korah? Was that a meaningless task?

It seems Korah didn’t like the assignment God had given him but would rather have the one given to Moses or Aaron.

So, there was a showdown and it was ugly.

God told the people to step aside because He himself would deal with Korah and the others.

The ground opened up and swallowed Korah, his family and the other leaders of the rebellion. The rest of the rebels were consumed by fire.

There are many questions I ask myself as I learn from Korah.

Am I jealous of other’s positions and God’s call on their life?

Am I ungrateful for the call He has given me?

Do I challenge the leaders God has placed over me thinking I could lead better?

Sobering thoughts, yet given my human nature, they are ones to be considered.

Psalm 18:27 “For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes, you bring down.”


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