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Saturday, March 2 2019

A Bible Journey, 133: The Spirit Of Rebellion

"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: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron"

The LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) chose and appointed Moses to serve as Israel's human leader during the time of the Exodus (see The Faith Of Jochebed, The Mother Of Moses and A Bible Journey, 52: Moses - From The River To The Desert and A Bible Journey, 53: The LORD's Flaming Bush and A Bible Journey, 54: The Miraculous Signs Of Moses). Moses nevertheless experienced repeated rebellions by "ambitious" people who sought to do their will, rather than the Will of the LORD.

Sinai

One of the larger rebellions was instigated and led by "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." The end however was the same as every other attempt to turn Israel into a rebel state.

"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)

Ironically, Moses had not sought to be the leader of Israel at all - he in fact had asked to LORD to appoint someone else (again, see Exodus 3: The Sign Of The Flaming Bush). When faced with rebels, Moses never took it personally. He 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 A Bible Journey, 121: The Three Branches Of Levi).

"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)

Moses

As he had done every time before, Moses prayed to the LORD to spare His wrath upon the Israelites. He knew that the rebels were fools who were inviting their own sure destruction.

"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)

Korah Dathan and Abiram

The rebellion ended very quickly and very precisely.

"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: Who led the first revolution? Is the spirit of rebellion a what, or a who? Like the rebels in the Sinai, is the day coming when Satan will be swallowed alive into a pit?
See Biblical Eras: Satan's Revolution and Hell Fire - Satan's Door To The Abyss


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This Day In History, March 2

537: The Ostrogoth army (the Ostrogoths were a Germanic tribe) under King Vitiges began the Siege of Rome. Germany later became the Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

German
986: Louis V became King of the Franks.

Franks

1127: Charles (known as "Charles the Good"), Count of Flanders, was assassinated.

1461: The Lancastrians defeated the Yorkists at the second Battle of St. Albans'.

1509: The Portuguese, led by Francisco de Almeida, destroyed the Muslim fleet in the Battle of Diu, establishing Portuguese control of Indian waters.

1536: Spanish explorer Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires.

America

America

1556: The world's worst earthquake, in China's Shaanxi, Shansi and Henan provinces, killed an estimated 830,000 people.

1619: Queen Anne of Denmark, wife of King James I of England (after whom the King James Version of the Bible is named) died at age 45.

1626: Charles I was crowned king of England.

1653: The Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam became a city. It is known today as New York City.

New Amsterdam
1709: British sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years. His story was the inspiration of Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe."

1797: The Bank of England issued the first one and two Pound banknotes.

1801: The War of The Oranges between Spain and Portugal began. French troops fought alongside the Spanish after Portugal refused Napoleon's demand to cede much of the country to him.

1807: The U.S. Congress passed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, disallowing the importation of new slaves into the country (the Act did little to decrease slavery because there was already sufficient "breeding stock" in the U.S. to supply slave holders).

1808: French invasion forces under Napoleon Bonaparte occupied Rome and arrested Pope Pius VII, holding the head of the Roman Catholic Church in prison for over 6 years. While Pius had traveled to Paris to preside over Napoleon's coronation as Emperor in 1804, he later excommunicated Napoleon for threatening and looting the Papacy (including removing some of the jewels in the Pope's crown and placing them in the Napoleon Tiara) - thereby causing Napoleon to fulfill the threats (that he said he didn't make) and declare the Pope illegitimate and having no authority. Just like some modern-day politicians who are masters of character assassination of others to give themselves the illusion of being good, Napoleon was also very skilled at invalidating and demeaning absolutely anyone who opposed him (see also The Character Assassins).

Napoleon
1836: Texas declared independence from Mexico.

1848: The war between the U.S. and Mexico ended after the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. The conflict resulted in a massive loss of territory for Mexico (see also The Mexican Border Wall).

Mexico
1882: Queen Victoria narrowly escaped an assassination attempt by Roderick McLean in Windsor.

1943: The Battle of the Bismark Sea began. 12 Japanese ships carrying reinforcements to New Guinea were sunk by Allied airplanes, killing nearly 4,000 troops and sailors.

1945: During the Second World War (1939-1945), 1,200 British Royal Air Force planes bombed Wiesbaden and Karlsruhe in Germany.

1965: During the Vietnam Civil War (of which first France, and then the U.S. became involved), the U.S. began "Operation Rolling Thunder," a sustained heavy bombing campaign of North Vietnam.

Vietnam
1969: In Toulouse, France, the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is completed.

1974: A grand jury in Washington concluded that President Richard Nixon was criminally involved in the Watergate cover-up.

1983: The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) resumed in Geneva.

1998: Scientific data from the Galileo spacecraft indicated that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.

2002: The U.S. invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of a response to the 9-11 terrorist attacks. All of the 9-11 terrorists were actually from Saudi Arabia (as was Osama bin Laden himself) and Pakistan - two countries (Saudi Arabia, with a major U.S. oil supply that no one wanted to bomb, and Pakistan, that has nuclear weapons to defend itself from any invader) that were instead declared to be "partners in the war against terrorism." All of the 9-11 terrorists were legally allowed into the U.S., directly on flights from the Middle East, with official U.S. tourist or student visas (some of them even learned to fly airliners at U.S. flight schools). As well, none of the terrorists entered through Canada, despite a convenient "blame everyone else" propaganda myth that they did.

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