Numbers 16: God Sets Things the Way He Wants Them
Numbers chapter 16 must be one of the most depressing in the entire Bible.
Essentially, the entire premise of the story is that it not a good thing to rebel against God.
God commanded Moses and Aaron to lead the people of Israel. 250 princes of the people rose up to challenge that authority. Moses essentially challenged them and said that God would ultimately decide who was really supposed to command the people of Israel.
Num 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.
Num 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.
Num 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.
Num 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:
Num 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.
Num 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.
It is interesting to think about this situation.
On one hand, it seems awful severe. However, these men challenged God while they were challenging Moses and Aaron. In a way, they were doubting the wisdom of God.
They thought that God made some type of mistake by putting Moses and Aaron in leadership positions, and, since God was among the entire congregation anyway, there was no reason not to have a revolt so to speak.
God obviously had a plan for Moses and Aaron. If He didn’t, He would not have put them in charge anyway.
I think that the application for us today is basically that when God shows us something as obviously as He showed the people of Israel that Moses and Aaron were in charge, we have to listen.
I think that it is highly unlikely that the earth would ever open up under us, but the point is that God takes disobedience seriously. If we truly have faith in His plan, we will actively seek and try to follow it.