by Christina Farris
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:
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:
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?
4 And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:
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.
6 This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;
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.
8 And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:
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?
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?
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?
12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up:
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?
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.
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 And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow:
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.
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.
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.
20 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.
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?
23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
24 Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
25 And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.
36 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
43 And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.
44 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.
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.
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.
48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.
49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.
50 And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed. This maybe one of the most disturbing text in scripture stating who God has chosen and who God has anointed. I often reminded that words of faith are repeat by all ministers. In fact God often confirms what ministers say through others, as a confirmation of His Word. It like those Amens heard in some churches, a sound of agreement with the minister/and Spirit. There is no way to explain a concert or social event that is not God oriented verse one that is, except to say one of agreement in social event only might be a shout of agreement in the crowd, but not prompted by the Spirit, but by the thought someone finally said it, which is much different then the agreement of the Spirit. A beleiver can only testify of the agreement in their heart of the Spirit of God. So non believer get saved so you understand, but it going to take faith to do so, so get some faith all you need is a mustard seed of faith. That not much faith. Now let me get back to my point. Korah and 250 men rose up against Moses. Korah had rallied the people to rebel against Moses. Most of us can almost grasp the reason for the rebellion, in modern world people look at their leaders in regards of if they do as they promised and support those issues that they do agree on then all is well. Yet when you have a leader that seems to be dragging you around in circles one might think it wise to find a straighter path. But the circle road might be the one you need to remain on to get to where you are going. Why did the people keep circling the desert in a since, why not go in the direction of the shortest distance to the promise land? God is calling every nation to himself. He calling them through the witness and stories of those travel by Israel, that pass those stories onward to surrounding villages. Korah thought he knew best.
Oh how often we think we know what best only to be mistaken. Can a church hold together if ministers go in different directions that have brought people in. Those people will follow the minister that brought them to an oasis, only to not realize they perhaps they should remain or leave depending on the situation. Now the 250 men had follow Korah because they were sick and tired of hearing how worthy Moses and Aaron were and there claims their holiness and worthiness to be in the presents of God. God in his wisdom and anger told Moses and Aaron by the Spirit to tell Israel to leave the meeting of Korah, and he would show them in a new ways who is holy and who is not, the ground would swallow them. Now Israel been with Moses and Aaron long enough to know if he said something new was about to happen and to move away from the event they better do so. If Moses and Aaron said jump you asked how high. And in truth Israel had a fear of the God of Moses and Aaron despite the ability of one man to convince 250 men to join him and declare him a leader all because they had not reached the land flowing with milk and honey. Korah and his men offered incense in the tabernacle of the Lord without permission of God. God came and filled the tabernacle and told Moses and Aaron to move away from the tabernacle so he might consume these men that thought they themselves were worthy to offer incense to him. Of course God destroyed them and had the ground swallow them up and then consume by fire the 250 that had followed Korah and they were people of status in the camp.
Then a plague came and killed over a thousand people before Moses got the incense offered to the Lord, and block the plague from hurting the people. Now the story of the incense and glory filling the temple was hard to believe some type of magic or vodoo did not occured, but you add to the story of men being swallowed by the earth, then by fire and then by a plague and anyone that looked to Moses with incense on him was protected, that is enough to cause quite a stir among the people. No longer witchcraft, vodoo or anything else, it is the power of the Lord. Today when something happens people want to check out the story for themselves despite if they say it is of the Lord. Some have wisdom to believe and some do not have the wisdom to stay away from anything not proven to be of God. Moses and Aaron both had been shown to be prophets of God despite Israel had not reached the promise land.
The events that can only be reproduced by the power of God is of God definitely anything that can be reproduced by man might not be, but I guarantee those things that might be is enough to get your attention. Put a magic act in the middle of the crowd everyone will watch. Put God's power moving across our land and there is skeptics. Modern skeptic because of our technology and our ability to pre know things and the power even before technology to know things were happening in our environment. Yet when you talk of plagues and fire consuming lives, only add to the earth swallowing people up.
When Christ appears his people who are holy are marked and sealed, they are not just prophets like Moses and Aaron but are people that are no longer standing on the earth surface to protect or to pray for one lost soul. Then were are you going to go from God's wrath. Where are you going to go from the plagues, the scorpions bites, stars falling, fire and brimstone and, so forth. There are people that will follow only Israel because of history and others will follow Christ because of God's promise to man has been fulfilled. Now if you only following God you lack forgiveness as well as the payment for sin in your life. Despite the rebuilding of the temple you will not have one holy person among the tribe of Israel without the Messiah being in control. As a beleiver in Christ we have the Holy Spirit indwelling in our heart and soul. Our bodies are the temple of the Lord. Now with that said why is the temple needed for Christian believers, it is the beginning point of faith in God. It is God earthly house, it is God's place. Even though Moses was anointed by the Holy Spirit the glory of the Lord still shown in the temple. It did not change who lived in the temple. That is God's earthly house. Where is agreement in the soul of the believers. The protection of God is among the saints. Who is in charge of the temple the anti christ, those against Jesus, unless they receive him as being at the minium the only begotten Son of God. Now as we watch Israel rebuild the temple once more time what is going through the heart and minds of his people, how close is Christ coming going to be. God once told when he would come and now it is a surprise visitation, to reclaim his children and take them home while judgment comes to the unbelievers.
What do you believe about the judgment coming, are you not afraid if you not saved, perhaps not, because you like the 250 men of Korah. Not beleiving ready to follow others groups of faith based on the length of time Christ return is taking. God is faithful to his promises, yet it is in His time frame, not ours. Be glad it is in His time frame, because when the door slams shut, no one going to heaven. It wil be like the days of Noah, and the earth is shut from the heaven, and the door is closed to mankind to face the judgment of the Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father we ask Christ into our hearts today and ask you to forgive us of all our sins, anoint us with your Spirit and prepare our hearts to follow in your ways and teachings. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
If you prayed the prayer above with sincerity in your heart you are now saved.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Romans 10:9-13 KJV
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.