Moses had grown accustomed to the insolence of the people. Every day, it seemed, some of them were complaining about something. While it was never pleasant, Moses would take it in stride and keep humbly leading the people. But on this day, after Moses had watched the people rebel; after God told Moses the current adults would never enter Canaan; and Moses would be leading them around the desert–Moses was hit with a blow he did not expect–he was accused by his Levite leader of being the one to dishonor God. It was an outright rebellion and attempted overthrow.
Moses was devastated. He never wanted the Job! God dragged him in and trained him. He and God talked almost daily. Moses was one of the most humble men in history. To be accused of setting himself above the assembly…and by the men he trusted the most–was almost more than he could bear. But, as Moses was a true friend of God, he did what only a friend could do–Moses said fine, lets let God tell us who He supports. I am certain the men in rebellion swallowed big when they heard that.
It is easy to get a group of unhappy folks together to complain and stir up trouble, but, when God comes down in a cloud every day in the camp–you better be ready to face Him. These men heard God on the mountain. They saw God lead them daily. They felt God’s wrath as he burned the edges of camp and dropped quail on them til they were stuffed. Still, they thought they could overthrow His anointed leader!
Moses had nothing to lose–In truth, God was all he had anyway. If this God that dragged him from Midian, took him to Egypt, lead him through the plagues and Exodus saw him as rebellious, then so be it. So, God would be the judge.
In our lives, we often do all we can to trust and follow God. In the journey, we fail, we fall and we get up and march again. Throughout the journey, however, we must continue to humbly seek God. If we do, no matter what the enemy , the world or even our closest allies may charge us with–like Moses, we can simply hit our knees and let God decide. If we can trust God through those most arduous of trials; then we can trust God through anything. Trusting God through anything is exactly where we need to be.
God Bless You
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[a] 2 and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. 3 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?”
4 When Moses heard this, he fell face down. 5 Then he said to Korah and all his followers: “In the morning the Lord will show who belongs to him and who is holy, and he will have that person come near him. The man he chooses he will cause to come near him. 6 You, Korah, and all your followers are to do this: Take censers 7 and tomorrow put burning coals and incense in them before the Lord. The man the Lord chooses will be the one who is holy. You Levites have gone too far!”