Scripture: Numbers 16-17. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, along with 250 Israelite men started to rebel against Moses. Korah had seen the advantages of the priesthood in Egypt, and he may have assumed that Moses, Aaron, and his sons were trying to make the Israelite priesthood the same way. But Moses’ main purpose was to serve God rather than to control the people. The Lord told Moses to tell the people to move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, for they had treated the Lord with contempt. The earth swallowed up the wicked men. After all the miracles that God had shown His people and after experiencing the presence of God, the Israelites still complained and grumbled. The Lord told Moses to speak with the Israelites and to get twelve staffs from them, one from each ancestral tribe. Aaron’s name was written on the staff of Levi. God told Moses that the staff belonging to the man he chose would sprout, and then that staff would be placed in front of the Tent of the Testimony to be a sign to the rebellious people.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Some of the Levites wanted the power of the priesthood. Korah desired the special qualities that God had given to others. In the end, his strong want for more caused him to lose everything. When we have inappropriate ambition, that is greed in disguise. God has a special purpose for each and every one of us, and that is what we should focus on. We should always keep our eyes on God, for when we take our eyes off God, we start looking at ourselves and our problems and lose our perspective. God has a direction for our lives, so we should not let the difficulties in life hinder our relationship with Him. God had the people decide between following Moses, God’s chosen leader for His people, or the wicked Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. When God asks us to choose between taking sides with wicked people or siding with Him, we should commit completely on the Lord’s side. The Israelites began to complain and grumble once again. We should be careful when we come close to being dissatisfied, skeptical, complaining often, or bitter because these attitudes can lead to rebellion and separation from our Heavenly Father.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for this beautiful day. We pray for protection over our loved ones and ourselves. Please forgive us for our sins, and help us to stay away from inappropriate ambition. We know that you have a special purpose for each and every one of us. Please help us to stay focused on the direction You want for our lives and to not let the difficulties we come across in life hinder our relationship with You. Help us not to complain but to be thankful for what You have given to us and for what You do for us on a daily basis. We love You and thank You. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.