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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
This Day In History
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).
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.