Numbers Chapter 16

Numbers 16

1Now 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:

2And 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:

3And 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?

4And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:

5And 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.

6This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;

7And 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.

8And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:

9Seemeth 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?

10And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also?

11For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?

12And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up:

13Is 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?

14Moreover 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.

15And 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.

16And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow:

17And 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.

18And 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.

19And 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.

20And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

21Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

22And 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?

23And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

24Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

25And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.

26And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of their’s, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.

27So 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.

28And 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.

29If 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.

30But 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.

31And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:

32And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.

33They, 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.

34And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

35And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.

36And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

37Speak 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.

38The 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.

39And 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:

40To 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.

41But 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.

42And 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.

43And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.

44And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

45Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.

46And 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.

47And 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.

48And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

49Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.

50And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.

18 thoughts on “Numbers Chapter 16

  1. Korah’s Sons
    Nu 16:31-33

    A second census of the Isrealites reveal that Korah’s line is not totally extinguished in this catastrophe (Nu 26:11). Later in Isrealite history, 11 psalms bear the name of his decendants (Ps 42-49, 84-85, 87-88). It appears that Korah’s sons do not support their father’s position and thus are not killed (vs 12).The other followers of Korah, as well as Dathan and Abiram, however, are destroyed. Since Dathan and Abiram are Reubenites, this destruction may account for the decreased numbers in that tribe recorded in the same census (compare Nu 1:21 and 26:7-11).

    More than 14,700 Isrealites die because of this rebellion (Nu 16:49), the consequence of arousing God’s righteous anger. We, too, suffer when we disobediently turn from God’s perfect ways. Thank you Lord, we can confess our tendency toward rebellion, and ask him to turn our hearts toward your ways (Isa 55:7).vs 48 “He stood between the dead and the living, and the plauge stopped” …When we offer incense for atonement the death will become extracted from us, just as this chapter expresses.

  2. v46 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the alter, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congreation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD the plague is begun.
    v49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.
    v50 And Arron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congreation: and the plague was stayed.

    It’s not a time to quit and criticize the church. Fall out with GOD.
    Building a case against GOD and HIS leadership is a tragic thing.
    We are living in the last days and GOD has promised to pour out HIS SPIRIT in the last days.
    I’m thankful for Calvary and HIS precious BLOOD, His Love, mercy and grace.
    I’m also thankful for a leadership that will humble themselves and fall on their face befor the LORD on our behalf. Inspire of their murmuring and attitudes. To stop the plague that is begun.
    Moses depend on GOD’S power to save HIS people. We cannot be saved without a prayful Pastor

  3. The sin of Envy

    V 3 NIV 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 to you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”
    James 3v16 NIV For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

  4. 6This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;

    7And 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.

    8And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:

    9Seemeth 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?

    Those that the Lord chooses must go through a separation process. There are many strange fires being offered today unto the Lord, but God is going to separate those out who He chooses to bring near to himself to do His work in these last days. Many are going to say I know Jesus, but the quesiton that remains is does Jesus know you in the form of relationship?

  5. 48And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

    Someone had to stand for the people.

    Many people count the cost, but when people are dying lost, is the price ever to high.

  6. This chapter illustrates self-righteousness. Humbleness is often a trait of a servant of the Lord, whereas arrogance is often a trait of one that is full of self. We should therefore pray that we never become self-righteous. Just as Pastor has taught we must decrease, so that he (Jesus) can increase. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  7. THE HOLY SHOWDOWN

    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?

    Rebellion is a deceptive deadly spirit. It appears the congregation feels that they are equal with the Ministry. In our current society this thinking is referred to as Relevant and Emergent. While we are all humans and basically on the same level; the Kingdom of GOD has established an order of Authority, GOD will hold someone accountable for HIS people.

    The challenge so many of us face is breaking the cycle of negative, defeated thinking that manifests itself in murmuring and complaining.

    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.

    The 250 that pride overtook lost their lives in THE HOLY SHOWDOWN.

    We must learn the fact that it is very costly to rise up or even speak against Holy, Anointed Leadership.

    iPray

  8. 30But 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.

    Moses simply spoke the word and it happened

  9. Standing between the dead and the living. What a place to be. Making an atonement for those that are on the line of death and on their way to a burning hell. We arent here to be heroes but a bridge for people to come over from death to life… Eternal life in Christ!

    • I had no idea my wife was going to blog about this! I find thy the man of God knew what was coming and he got in the middle of it. He knew that he had to stop this plague that was brought on by the people… Don’t get mad when the man of God gets in “your business,” it just might be thy he is the only thing between you and death.

  10. Like with Miriam, Korah and the others seemed to struggle with discerning God’s leadership. When we think carnally, we lose sight of the spiritual and stir up myriad issues such as rebelling against authority. When you cannot discern the spiritual, it’s easy to think, act, be fleshly and fulfill all those ungodly lusts. I think again of this time of consecration just before us and the opportunity to do the opposite by starving the flesh and feeding the spirit. Fasting can be such a seemingly simple yet effective solution to dealing with so many issues of our humanity.

  11. Moses and Aaron, as leaders, stood in the gap in prayer for the people over and over in this chapter. Verses 4, 22, 45, 47, and 48. Thank you Lord for Leaders who I know have stood in the gap for me and my family.

  12. Trusting in your leadership to let them get between your death (sin) and life (true repentance) is very important. The people didnt know that the plauge was coming. Only moses did. This tells me that the people were blind to there sins and thouhgt they were holy. I thank God I have a Pastor that will tell me when he hears from God the things that i dont see. This keeps me alive when I am ignorant. Let us as a Church not be offended when we are corrected. Yet let us be thankful that we are being sharpened by our leadership. If they dint love us they wouldnt correct us. Lord I pray that our pastor and the leadership under him would correct us more so that we could be closer to you.

  13. As Israeal is learning, we also must mind ourtoungues, and not talk aout the man of God in our lives, no matter who s leading the charge against him.

  14. Don’t try to put yourselves in a place where GOD has not put you. When these people wanted to make themselves what Aaron and Moses were, GOD said no and killed them. Then when other people complained that those that were killed were gone, GOD killed them too. –Don’t want someone else’s place and don’t complain

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s