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Wednesday, December 4 2013

Numbers 16: The Rebellion Of Korah, Dathan and Abiram

"Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core."

The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) had repeatedly, amidst great miraculous signs and wonders, declared that Moses was His chosen servant. Nevertheless, Moses faced continuous mutinies and rebellions from people who had no excuse to not know better (see Numbers 11: Winners and Whiners, Numbers 14: Why 40 Years In The Sinai? and Numbers 15: Why Fringes On The Border?).

Among the rebel "leaders" were "Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben."

"16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: 16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: 16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?" (Numbers 16:1-3 KJV)

Moses had not sought to be the leader of Israel - he in fact had asked to LORD to appoint someone else (see Exodus 3: The Sign Of The Flaming Bush). When faced with rebels, Moses always regarded it as a rebellion against the LORD, which it was, rather than against him. A rebellion by some of the Levites must have been particularly grievous for Moses - Moses himself was a Levite (see Numbers 4: The Levite Clans).

Moses

"16:4 And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face: 16:5 And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him. 16:6 This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company; 16:7 And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.

16:8 And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi: 16:9 Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them? 16:10 And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also? 16:11 For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?" (Numbers 16:4-11 KJV)

As he had done every time before, Moses prayed to the LORD to spare His wrath upon the Israelites.

"16:12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up: 16:13 Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us? 16:14 Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.

16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.

16:16 And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow: 16:17 And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer. 16:18 And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron. 16:19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation. 16:20 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 16:21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

16:22 And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?" (Numbers 16:12-22 KJV)

The LORD responded with a "stand clear of the rebels" command, which wasn't merely to keep innocent bystanders safe, but also to have the rebels clearly identify themselves as targets.

"16:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 16:24 Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

16:25 And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. 16:26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. 16:27 So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children." (Numbers 16:23-27 KJV)

The rebellion ended very quickly and very precisely.

Korah Dathan and Abiram

"16:28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. 16:29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me. 16:30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.

16:31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: 16:32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. 16:33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. 16:34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.

16:36 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 16:37 Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are hallowed. 16:38 The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before the LORD, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel.

16:39 And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar: 16:40 To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses." (Numbers 16:28-40 KJV)

The spirit of rebellion never left the adults of the Exodus (the reason that their children and grandchildren entered the Promised Land; see Deuteronomy: The Law and History Lessons By Moses). When the LORD destroyed the rebels, the Israelites "murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD." It was followed by another rebellion, that was stopped with a plague from the LORD - that itself was stopped by Moses after "Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun."

"16:41 But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD.

16:42 And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared. 16:43 And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation. 16:44 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 16:45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.

16:46 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun. 16:47 And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. 16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. 16:49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah. 16:50 And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed." (Numbers 16:41-50 KJV)

Fact Finder: Is Korah (rendered as "Core" in the King James New Testament) mentioned among the Satanic rebels of the Bible? In what context is he described?
Jude 1:11 and see Jude: Ungodly Men Who Turn Grace Into Lawlessness


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This Day In History, December 4

771: Charlemagne became the sole emperor of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman (listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).

963: Holy Roman Emperor Otto deposed Pope John XII for dishonorable conduct and for plotting an armed conspiracy. Leo VIII succeeded as pope (see Emperors and Popes and The Struggle For The Papacy).

1110: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Crusaders sacked Sidon (see also Into The Coasts Of Tyre And Sidon). Notice in the map below that Germany was then officially identified as the "Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Europe in 1097
1154: Nicholas Breakspear became the only Englishman to be crowned pope. He reigned as Adrian IV.

1259: King Henry III of England and King Louis IX of France agreed to the Treaty of Paris whereby Henry renounced his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels. France has had a very long history of inciting and supporting rebellions and revolutions against England, including that of the New England colonies in the 1700s in which France supported the insurgency while at the same time tolerating no independence in its own colonies in what is today Louisiana and eastern Canada.

1489: The Battle of Baza between the Spanish army and the Moors.

1563: The Council of Trent ended after 18 years.

1674: French Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette constructed the first building of a mission in the wilderness area of Lake Michigan. Today the place is known as Chicago.

1791: The Observer, of Britain, the oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, was first published.

1809: The International Bible Society was founded. It has since distributed the Bible to over 150 countries in the world.

1829: Britain abolished the practice of "suttee" in India, in which the widow burned herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre.

1914: At the beginning of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German Navy formed the first military seaplane force. It began operations from Zeebrugge, Belgium.

1918: The Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was proclaimed. It became known as Yugoslavia.

1952: The Great Smog of London began when vast amounts of coal smoke emitted from homes and factories, along with gasoline and diesel vehicle exhaust, combined with a unique cold fog from the Atlantic. The "smog" (the original and first use of the word smog - smoke and fog) killed thousands of people over that winter.

1981: Ronald Reagan officially (i.e. publicly admitted) authorized the CIA to conduct spy operations in the U.S. itself (millions of naive people were apparently oblivious to the reality that the CIA was already doing so, just as it had been right from the moment that it was created).

1991: Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) ceased operation due to bankruptcy.





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