Godliness, Accountability, and Consequences are Inseparable
“…Korah, …Dathan, and Abiram… [along with 250 prominent leaders of… Israel], incited a rebellion against Moses and Aaron. [Their baseless, pretext question asked], ‘What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the Lord’s people?’ This was a false accusation, perhaps rooted in jealousy (Exo 24:1-2, 9-11) and a clear lack of faith in God’s will, who selected Moses to lead His people (Exo 3:1-10; 4:10-12; Num 12:6-8; 16:12-14; Heb 11:6)]. When Moses heard what they were saying, he… [neither argued nor defended the false claim. Instead, he] said to Korah and his followers, ‘Tomorrow morning the Lord will show us who belongs to Him and who is holy. [Notice the important shift in focus and the test of who is on the Lord’s side. Moses said], …burn incense before the Lord, [a task NOT assigned to the Kohathites, from which Korah descended (Num 4:15, 17-20; Gen 35:23; Exo 6:16-21; Num 16:1), but reserved for Aaron and his descendants (Exo 30:1, 6-9, 30; 28:1, 3, 29-30, 41-43; 29:1, 4-9, 22, 27-35, & 44)]. Then we will see whom the Lord chooses as His holy one. You Levites are the ones who have gone too far!’
…Korah… [served] in the Lord’s Tabernacle and [stood] before the people to minister to them. …[He] already [had] a special ministry…, [but was clearly] demanding the priesthood. [Moses clearly discerned the spirit of discontent and said]: ‘The Lord is the one you and your followers are really revolting against!’ [The rebels, in their arrogance], prepared an incense burner, lit the fire, and place incense on it. Then they all stood at the entrance of the Tabernacle with Moses and Aaron. …[Following a brief dialog between God and Moses, Moses obeyed God’s command to separate himself and the Israelites from the rebels. Once accomplished, the ground upon which they stood became a cemetery]. This served as a warning to the entire nation of Israel (Num 16:1-32; 26:9-10, NLT).
What fuel is to a Class C fire, discontent, disaffection, resentment, and envy is to rebellion! “…Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry…” (1 Sam 15:23). “Evil people are eager for rebellion, but they will be severely punished” (Prov 17:11, NLT). In view of these things, do a personal inventory! "Check up on yourselves.
- Are you really Christians?
- Do you pass the test (John 16:13, NLT)?
- Do feel Christ's presence and power more and more within you (Acts 1:8, NLT)?
- Or are you just pretending to be Christians when actually you aren't at all" (2 Corinthians 13:5, TLB)?
The Lord predicted that in the last days, a unique condition will exists in the church community—"They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly..." (2 Timothy 3:5, NLT). Am I godly or am I just pretending? Work earnestly and consistently to escape this sick and disabling condition, for Social Security Disability Insurance does not cover this spirutual state! Take time to identify your spiritual gift or gifts! "A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other" (1 Corinthians 12:7, NLT). Korah had a helping role, but he neglected it! Don't make that mistake! "Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received..." (1 Timothy 4:14, NLT).
Bro. Graham F. Watts, Sr.