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Saturday, March 2, 2013

March 2 - Numbers 16-17: The Aftermath

Today’s Reading: Numbers 16-17

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Today is the aftermath of God's refusal to allow Israel into Canaan.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

Korah, a Levite, alongside Dathan and Abiram, Reubenites, furiously accused Moses and Aaron of overstepping their bounds. Moses exclaimed God would decide who was their leader the next day.
The next morning the men (250 in total) brought censers of incense. Moses proclaimed that God would execute these traitors. The Earth split open and the men, their families, servants, and possessions fell in.
The people blamed Moses. So God gave another test to prove Aaron's legitimacy. The people were scared God would destroy them all. Because of Moses' and Aaron's pleadings, God only killed 14,500 people alongside Korah's co-conspirators.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

Israel is not taking God's punishment well.

This is the breaking point for the people, too. They have come all this way over two years in the wilderness to enter the land of Canaan and now they are told God would not allow anyone over 20-years-old enter the land. This is too much for them. Moses and Aaron have finally outlasted their patience and they want a new leader, one who would bring good news from God and lead them into Canaan.

God will not stand for His Chosen People not following their chosen leaders.

Over 14,500 people died because they would no longer follow Moses and Aaron. God chose Moses and Aaron and would not allow others to usurp that authority without His approval. God's people must follow God's chosen leaders to set things right on the earth.

How awesome of a man is Moses.

Once again, Moses asks God not to destroy the people. The same people who are questioning his authority and want to ride him out of town on a rail. How awesome is this man!
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