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February 18 - Evening

"Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab,and On son of Peleth—became insolent and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”...As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions. They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting,
“The earth is going to swallow us too!”

And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense."

- Numbers 16:1-3; 31-35

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Rebellion for the Priesthood and for the Leadership    

This rebellion against Aaron’s rightful priesthood was led by a Levite name Korah who came from the same tribe (Levi) and the same clan (Kohath) as Aaron and Moses. Aaron and Moses came from the family of Kohath’s son Amram, while Korah came from the family of Kohath's son and Amram’s brother, Izhar. This made Korah a cousin of Moses and Aaron.  Korah and his clan, the Kohathites, were responsible for the movement and the setup of the furniture and the Tabernacle (Numbers 3:28-32; 4:1), which meant they had already been given a very specific, honorable and important role in the community to serve among the priests.

The clan of Kohath camped on the south side of the tabernacle (Numbers 3:29) as did the tribe of Rueben (Numbers 2:10-16).  This may explain why “certain Reubenites” named Dathan, Abiram and On became leaders in Korah’s rebellion against his cousins. Joining Korah and the Reubenites were 250 other “well-known community leaders” who came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron. It seems Korah was after the priesthood of his cousin Aaron. While the tribe of Rueben, the first born son of Jacob and rightful tribe of leadership in Israel, was after Moses’ position of leadership.

Korah’s complaint: “Moses had gone too far! The whole community is holy, and the Lord is with them. Why do Moses and Aaron set themselves above the Lord’s assembly?”  This accusation made Moses very angry and he rebuked them in Numbers 16:8-11.

Likewise, the Ruebenites accuse Moses of failing as a leader because he had taken them out of "a land flowing with milk and honey" (or, Egypt) "to kill them in the wilderness" (40 years of wandering was Moses’ future plans for the camp) (Numbers 16:13). Plus, Moses had failed to deliver on his promise to lead them into a land flowing with milk and honey (the land of Canaan) where their inheritance could have been gained! (Numbers 16:14) When Moses sent for the Ruebenites they refused to appear before Moses.

Moses knew full well that a violation of the priesthood, the offering of strange incense or a failure to follow the rigid ritual regulations would result in the Lord’s anger breaking out against the violator just as it had when Nadab and Abihu offered the wrong incense. So, Moses told Korah and his followers to do exactly what they wanted to do: get a censer, put incense in it and go up to the entrance of the Tabernacle.  When Korah and his rebels arrived with their censers, the Lord appeared and told Moses and Aaron to move away from the Tabernacle court yard and to move away from the south side of the Tabernacle where the camps of the tribe of Reuben and Korah were.

Moses had the people separate themselves from south side of the Tabernacle and Moses presents as a sign the unlikely event of the earth opening up and swallowing the tents and the families of the rebels. This event would be a sign of Moses' authority from God. (Numbers 16:28-30)

When Moses finished speaking the ground did exactly that. It split open, swallowed the rebel’s camp and closed up over them. At the same time, in the Tabernacle court yard, fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed Korah’s 250 men with their unlawful censers and incense.

Problem solved?  No! Moses’ calling and Aaron’s priesthood justified in the eyes of the remaining people? No!

“The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron…the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron…” (Numbers 16:39-49)

Why would anyone want Moses’ job?
  Christian Quote from Church History

“To serve God is nothing else than to maintain and preserve justice by good works.”
- Lactantius








Something to Ponder??
Here is an online walking tour of the Temple Mount
(or, Al-Haram Al-Sharif) in Jerusalem:
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Prosopolempsia (Gr) – Show Favoritism Eng) - prosopolempsia is a compound Greek word that means “respect of persons” or “partiality” in James 2:1; 2:9 and Romans 2:11. Prosopolempsia comes from the two Greek words prosopon meaning “face” and the verb lamban meaning “receive. Together prosopon-lambano (or, “face”-“receive”) literally mean “receiving of face.”
In the ancient near east this expression meant “favoritism,” since to judge and receive
someone by only looking at the face was an indication of showing partiality.


The fact that Jesus is a historical figured is confirmed by the fact that Jesus is mentioned in the writings of Josephus in 70-90 AD:

"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man,
for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to 
him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. 
He was the Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him 
at the first did not forsake
him, for he appeared to
them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct to this day."
(Antiquities 18.3.3)
(see discussion and 
sources Here)

At another place Josephus writes: "...a man named James, the brother of Jesuswho was called the Christ." 
(Antiquities XX. 9. 1)

Since neither of these is quoted by early Chrstians until 324 AD it may have been added to Josephus' work by Christians. Most scholars think that, atleast, the core, or the nucleus, of the quote is authentic.

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Do I rebel against established leadership?
Am I content with what the Lord has given me and what he has designed for me?
I will be content and I will respect what the Lord has established.
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    but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream."
- Proverbs 184
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