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Numbers 16 Part 2–God, the Vindicator

Moses and Aaron went to the only place they knew to quash the rebellion–God. They could tell immediately, that God was on their side.  God told Moses and Aaron to have the people move away from the tents of the rebels.  The rebels and the disloyal priests were ready to humiliate Moses and Aaron–well, that was right before God destroyed them and swallowed them up into the earth.  
God will not be mocked.  He set Moses and Aaron as the leaders, and He would protect His chosen against any enemy–even an enemy within the camp.  What the rebels failed to discern was that God that would take action against any enemy; even them. It’s strange; these men saw the plagues, the Red Sea, the golden calf.  Each day they ate food that God provided and saw God’s very presence in the camp.  Still, despite God’s consistent presence, they thought they knew better than God himself.  They were wrong, and the error cost them their lives, and the lives of their families.
There are difficult days. In the midst of those difficult days, the enemy whispers in our ears that we can do better on our own. He tells us that God is fine and all, but, He is kind of busy. If we believe Satan’s lie; we begin to second guess God’s plan, and risk destroying our lives and the lives of many others.  When we trust and follow the Lord, He will protect us from those that would destroy us.  He may not swallow them up, but God will make sure His people are protected and vindicated. At day’s end, Moses and Aaron were vindicated. It did not please them to see these people lose their lives, but, it made their leadership easier and it caused the people to realize it was God, not Moses and Aaron that set and executed the plan.
The people would not soon forget the importance of following God closely. They would not question God’s, Moses’ or Aaron’s authority. They now knew that it was their job to follow, and God’s to do the rest–a generation’s lesson for preparation to take what God was giving them.
God Bless You

But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out, “O God, the God who gives breath to all living things, will you be angry with the entire assembly when only one man sins?”

23 Then the Lord said to Moses, 24 “Say to the assembly, ‘Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.’”

25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. 26 He warned the assembly, “Move back from the tents of these wicked men! Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins.” 27 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, children and little ones at the entrances to their tents.

28 Then Moses said, “This is how you will know that the Lord has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 29 If these men die a natural death and suffer the fate of all mankind, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 But if the Lord brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead, then you will know that these men have treated the Lord with contempt.”

31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions. 33 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. 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!”

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

36 The Lord said to Moses, 37 “Tell Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest, to remove the censers from the charred remains and scatter the coals some distance away, for the censers are holy—38 the censers of the men who sinned at the cost of their lives. Hammer the censers into sheets to overlay the altar, for they were presented before the Lord and have become holy. Let them be a sign to the Israelites.”


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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