devotional post # 2316
Num 16:1 Then Korah the son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men.
Num 16:2 And they rose up in the sight of Moses, with a number of the people of Israel, 250 leaders of the congregation, chosen from the collection, well-known men.
Num 16:3 They collected themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! Because all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and Yahveh is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the collected assembly of Yahveh?”
Num 16:4 When Moses heard it, he fell on his face,
Num 16:5 and he said to Korah and all his company, “In the morning Yahveh will show who is his, and who is holy, and will bring him near to him. The one whom he chooses he will bring near to him.
Num 16:6 Do this: take censers, Korah and all his company;
Num 16:7 put fire in them and put incense on them in the sight of Yahveh tomorrow, and the man whom Yahveh chooses will be the holy one. You have gone too far, sons of Levi!”
Num 16:8 And Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi:
Num 16:9 is it too small a thing for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do service in the tabernacle of Yahveh and to stand in the sight of the congregation to minister to them,
Num 16:10 and that he has brought you near him, and all your brothers the sons of Levi with you? And would you seek the priesthood also?
Num 16:11 Therefore it is against Yahveh that you and all your company have collected. What is Aaron that you grumble against him?”
Num 16:12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and they said, “We will not come up.
Num 16:13 Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you must also make yourself a prince over us?
Num 16:14 Moreover, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up.”
Num 16:15 And Moses was very angry and said to Yahveh, “Do not respect their offering. I have not taken one donkey from them, and I have not harmed one of them.”
Num 16:16 And Moses said to Korah, “Be present, you and all your company, in the sight of Yahveh, you and they, and Aaron, tomorrow.
Num 16:17 And let every one of you take his censer and put incense on it, and every one of you bring in the sight of Yahveh his censer, 250 censers; you also, and Aaron, each his censer.”
Num 16:18 So every man took his censer and put fire in them and laid incense on them and stood at the entrance of the conference tent with Moses and Aaron.
Num 16:19 Then Korah collected all the congregation against them at the entrance of the conference tent. And the impressive appearance of Yahveh appeared to all the congregation.
Num 16:20 And Yahveh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, and this is what he said
Num 16:21 “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.”
Num 16:22 And they fell on their faces and said, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, will one man make a mistake, and will you be angry with all the congregation?”
Num 16:23 And Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said
Num 16:24 “Say to the congregation, Get away from the staying of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.”
going too far
The 250 men who challenged the leadership of Moses and Aaron accused them of exalting themselves above Yahveh’s assembly. The men had positions of leadership within their own clans, companies and tribes, but they envied the ministry positions of Moses and Aaron.
In the church today, we are often tempted to criticize those who serve with more prominence. We all have equal status before the LORD. But it is the Holy Spirit who decides where and how we will serve. When we use our equal status to criticize and rebel, we anger him. We go too far.
LORD, show us how to respect those whom you call to serve.