why do you lift yourselves up?…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From Numbers 16:

 1Now Korach (Korah) the son of Yitz’har (Izhar), the son of K’hat (Kohath), the son of Levi, along with Datan(Dathan) and Aviram (Abiram), the sons of Eli’av (Eliab), and On, the son of Pelet (Peleth), descendants of Re’uven (Reuben), took men and 2rebelled against Moshe (Moses). Siding with them were 250 men of Isra’el, leaders of the community, key members of the council, men of reputation. 3They assembled themselves against Moshe(Moses) and Aharon(Aaron) and said to them, “You take too much on yourselves! After all, the entire community is holy, every one of them, and Adonai is among them. So why do you lift yourselves up above Adonai’s assembly?”

4When Moshe (Moses)heard this he fell on his face. 5Then he said to Korach (Korah) and his whole group, “In the morning, Adonai will show who are his and who is the holy person he will allow to approach him. Yes, he will bring whomever he chooses near to himself. 6Do this: take censers, Korach (Korah)and all your group; 7put fire in them; and put incense in them before Adonai tomorrow. The one whom Adonai chooses will be the one who is holy! It is you, you sons of Levi, who are taking too much on yourselves!”

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/num.16>

*words in parentheses placed by me from English translation.

Korah is a Levite whose assignment from God – given through Moses – is to work in the temple serving the people but not as a priest.  Dathan, Abiram, and On serve as leaders of the community.  Questions are raised against the authority that was granted by God; they are coming from two camps; religious and political.  Dissatisfaction with the present assignment is causing strife.  They are ambitious and arrogant.  They say they are asking for the ability to assist or share in the responsibilities of Moses and Aaron.  This is deception.  They manipulate the assembly through the use of words.  They question the mantle of authority placed upon Moses and Aaron by God.

Moses does not defend himself.  The opposite is true.  He lays prostrate on the ground before the assembly; his is an act of humility and vulnerability.  His trust is in God and His Word, not in his own accomplishments. God has already spoken on the subject.  (See Leviticus 30:9) The question:  why do you lift yourselves up above Adonai’s assembly?” is directed at Moses before the people but as God told Moses before; in reality it is directed at God. It is God’s Word that they rebel against.  Moses rises from the dirt to say they will once again let God speak His will.

Two groups, Moses and Aaron, anointed by God, and some leaders of the community are in conflict.  The first relies upon God for direction and wisdom, the second relies on their own imagination, reasoning and abilities.  This type of conflict persists today among the community of believers.  It has been suggested that what is also at work here is an example of spiritual immaturity.  Those in rebellion have not engaged in the spiritual battles Moses has.  They have not had the same communication with God.  This is evidenced by their actions. What did they know of Moses’ relationship with God?  Did they not know that Moses and Aaron acted only under the direct command of God?  These rebels did not face Pharaoh…as Moses and Aaron had. When conflicts of this nature arise today it is best to seek God for wisdom.  The Word of God gives the believer the advice to seek unity not division, to serve one another not selfish desires.

Pray – Lord, examine me to see if I am living the life of trust in You.  The Messiah is alive in me and You say I am not a failure.  I pray to God, to You, that I will do nothing wrong.  2 Corinthians 13:5-7

Repent – I repent for the times I was more concerned about what others thought than what You think.

Ask – I cannot act against the truth, only for it.  So I will rejoice when I am weak and You are strong.  You are not weak in dealing with me, but strong.

Yes – You died in weakness but rose in power and You are powerful in me.  I will live with You, Jesus, by God’s power. 2 Corinthian 13:1-10

Source: Numbers 16 and 2 Corinthians 13:1-10

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