Numbers 16:8-14– Moses also said to Korah, “Now listen, you Levites! 9 Isn’t it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the Lord’s tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them? 10 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too. 11 It is against the Lord that you and all your followers have banded together. Who is Aaron that you should grumble against him?”12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, “We will not come! 13 Isn’t it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness? And now you also want to lord it over us! 14 Moreover, you haven’t brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Do you want to treat these men like slaves[b]? No, we will not come!”
From the scriptures above, Moses was saying that Korah was not appreciating the fact that his tribe was chosen to work for God out of the twelve tribes. It is really an honor to work for God. This is where Moses explained the cause of the opposition, which was wanting to serve in the position of Priests like Aaron and his children. Who chose Aaron and his children as priests? Is it not the LORD? So they are really rebelling against the LORD for choosing Aaron to minister before Him. When he summoned the other two to come, they said they will not come. They are blaming Moses for bringing them out of Egypt to kill them in the wilderness. They have forgotten their attitude that has caused the delay which was their unbelieving spies (leaders) that came with an evil report which caused an uproar among them and led to their wandering in the wilderness for prolonged years.
Children of God, any step we take in the wrong direction leads to cycles of events that launch us more and more into problems. Many people have died already and the other people that grumbled with them have also been slated for their death within the 40 years span. The people are now getting frustrated and disgruntled because they are not moving forward. When you opened even a narrow door, the devil will come in and help you to widen it. He is the one behind the evil report, the ganging up of Korah and his men, bringing negativity into their minds, and making them be dissatisfied about everything. They do not have respect for Moses anymore. How can a leader lead if the people are not cooperating with him? Moses called the other two (Dathan and Abiram) because they are not Levites, maybe he wanted to convince them not to join Korah who should be knowledgeable in the things of God because they are insiders. Unfortunately, they did not respond to Moses’ bidding.
I Samuel 15:23 says “For Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” Many of us have rebelled against God in one way or the other. Consequences of rebellion as we will see later in the life of Korah and his supporters are very grievous and breath-taking. My prayer is that we will not fall into the wrath of God. He will forgive us for all the mess we have made in the past and the LORD will continue to teach us and instruct us as we walk with God on this journey of a lifetime in Jesus’ Name, Amen. Be blessed!!!