The Lord said to Moses, How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me in spite of all the miraculous signs, I have performed among them. Numbers 14:11
With the escaped slaves poised to conquer the new homeland, 12 spies were sent to scout the land and they saw it was bountiful indeed. Spies saw fortified cities, strong and great size people and were afraid, only 2 out of 12 spies Joshua and Caleb trusted God would help them to conquer the land. Rest said, Israelites would be devoured. Rest refused to believe in God and were afraid.
They cried aloud(v1)
All Israelites murmured against Moses and Aaron. v2
They wished they were dead v2
They accused God of deceiving them v3
They arose in open rebellion to make a captain and return to Egypt. V4
Whole assembly talked about stoning them v 10
Consequences for lack of trust in God was severe. All from 20 years old and upward to die in the wilderness. God would bring their children into the land of Canaan.
Reward of the 2 godly, fearless Caleb and. Joshua was God would see that they enter the promised land.
The Lord answered Moses, "IS THE LORD'S ARM TOO SHORT"? Numbers 11:23
There was a big problem when Israelites started their journey from the desert of Sinai to the promised land. People started complaining about their hardships and the Lord was angry about it. Num. 11:1. Israelites started grumbling and started demanding meat. This happened when all of them were getting enough manna to eat which was very tasty and healthy. (Exod. 16:31).
"The rabble with them began to crave after food". Num. 11:4. The rabble are the non Israelites who started with Israelites from Egypt. (Exod. 12:38). They saw what happened to their country because of the plagues and might have decided to leave their country. They might have expected to share in all the blessings which the Israelites were going to get. When problems came, their original nature came out. This can happen if the wrong people are with us. When they started complaining, the Israelites also started complaining and demanding.
A. How Israelites were wailing?
1. If only we had meat to eat.
2. We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost- also the cucumber, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. Num. 11:5.
They were talking as if they were living a luxurious life in Egypt. . they forgot all their sufferings or persecutions. . .
People of every family were wailing, each at the entrance to his tent. Num. 11:10.
Men itself were 6, 00, 000(Num. 11:21). So there were more than 20, 00, 000 people. Moses was really frustrated about this really big problem. In Numbers 11:11-15, we see how Moses is praying or complaining to God. "the burden is too heavy for me. "(Num. 11:14). He was even asking God to "put me to death. "(Num. 11:15). We see Moses in a very very frustrated condition, so disappointed, . . and even willing to die.
Moses was leading the people alone. God solved that problem by appointing 70 leaders to assist Moses in leading the people. Num. 12:16, 17.
Lord offered to give them meat continuously for 30 days. Num. 12:18-20. Moses couldn't believe it. Moses thought that it
was impossible and he asked God "would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them? Num. 11:22. Moses was thinking about the amount of meat needed to feed, more than 20, 00, 000 people. Not just once but continuously for a month and that too in the wilderness.
At this point God is asking Moses, Is the Lord's arm too short? He who delivered Israelites from Pharoah by inflicting 10 plagues on them, He who made them to walk through the dry ground by dividing the sea. . .
B. How did God provide them meat?
"Now a wind went out from the LORD and drove quail in from the sea. It brought them down all around the camp, to about three feet above the ground, as far as a days walk in any direction. " Num. 11:31.
Quail for 3 feet above the ground for miles or kilometers. . .
Friends, are we going through some frustrating problems in our life, to the extent that we even thought that it is better to die?
On various occasions in my life, when I faced some big and frustrating problems, I have asked God, Lord, why did you bring me to this situation? What mistake have I done? This is too much for me. I can't handle it. . . .
Do we remember all the blessings which the Lord has given us so far? What was our condition or situation?
Are we frustrated / disappointed about anything in our life? Did ANYTHING happen in our life without His knowledge and permission, if we are in the centre of His will?
God is asking us, Is the Lord's arm too short? Are we seeing only the great problems or are we seeing a Great GOD?
Is there anything too difficult for the Lord?
Rev. C. V. Abraham.
You have Gone too Far Numbers Sixteen
Earlier, Miriam and Aaron had led a rebellion against the leadership of Moses. ✒ Num 12
At Kadesh, the Israelites had rejected the leadership of Moses and Aaron, and wanted to choose a leader who would take them back to Egypt. ✒ Num 14:4
Now Korah and his allies attack the leadership of Moses and Aaron. He was joined by Dathan, Abiram, On and 250 leaders of Israel ✒16:1-3.
They came and charged Moses and Aaron with an abusive word: You have gone too far. ✒ Num 16:23
According to them:
~ The whole community is holy( v 3 )
~The Lord is with them(v 3)
~ Both Moses and Aaron had set themselves up as leaders. ( 3b)
~ Egypt was a land flowing with milk and honey (v 13 )
~ Moses wants to kill them in the desert( v 13 )
✅ As usual Moses' response was to intercede face down before the Lord(v4) and thus, he said to them, "You Levites have gone too far ! " (v7). But he gave them a chance to repent before it is too late (v 8-11).
The next day the Lord told them to move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram (v 24). Still they did not repent but stood in defiance (v 27) and finally the land swallowed them all ( v 32). The 250 leaders were also consumed by the fire? .
Korah and his allies have gone too far.
✅ The Prodigal son in Luke 15, after getting his inheritance, had left his father's home and went out to a far distant country( gone too far ). But things were not easy for him to survive as he longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating. Then he remembered his father's home, repented of his sins and decided to return home. When he came back the father gave him a warm welcome. .
Today, if we have gone too far away from Him , let's remember that He is waiting for our Home Coming.
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me. .
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP
"And the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up, and their houses and all the men that appertained unto Korah and all their goods". This chapter contains the tragic story of Korah and all those who rebelled with him agaist Moses and Aaron. Korah was the son of Ishar son of Kohath. Amran was another son of Kohath, from whom Aaron and Moses were born. So Korah was the first consin of Moses. Although, he was a Levite, he was not satisfied with his position and responsibility. The Kohathites were responsible for the elements of the Sanctuary, like, the ark, the table, the candlestick, the altars, the vessels, the hanging and all the service thereof (Numb: 3:30, 31)
His unwillingness to accept his role was the seed of the ultimate rebellion. He was dissatisfied with what God has given to him.
He wanted to be a priest, if possible a High Priest.
Are you satisfied with your God given position and responsibilities?
Dathan, Abiram and On were Rubenites. They had also a reason to be envious with other tribes. Their ancestor Ruben was the first son born to Jacob. So normally, they would have been the first Tribe. But God replaced them for Judah. They hold on to this resentment and were easily persuaded by Korah to join in the rebellion. The 250 princes, men of renown were probably also suffering from an attitude of dissatisfaction towards Moses' leadership. They may have interpreted Moses' work as a leader as slight toward them personally-They were not as holy-They were jealous.
This jealousy led them to put their hands with Korah in the rebellion. . Now, see the response of God to their rebellion:
▪All of them were given one day for repentance and return as per Moses' wish.
▪But none of them repented and returned.
▪The Glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation-
▪The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them all alive.
▪Fire consumed the 250 princes who attempted to offer their incense in addition to these, 17400 people were killed by Plague sent by God, because of their murmering.
We too all suffer from the seeds of rebellion in our hearts, and often do not learn to follow God. If not for Jesus' sacrifice we would all be lost. Let us respect God's choices and learn the lessons of rebellion.
Dr. Thomas David?
Numbers 16:20-21And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.
In this chapter we read the story of the rebellion of Korah.
Korah, like Moses and Aaron, is a Levite.
But their responsibilities involve carrying the holy things when they move camp.
There is a definite distinction between Aaron’s responsibilities and Korah’s.
Aaron’s line draws near first, Korah’s second.
So Korah and the brothers organized a group of 250 men and led a rebellion against Moses and Aaron, accusing them saying
………. . “Who are you to assume sole leadership? Do you think you alone can draw near to the LORD”?
It was their sin of pride,
the sin of jealousy,
the sin of selfish ambition,
That they reject God’s wisdom.
What Is Pride?
Pride is such a deceitful sin.
Many of us are infected with pride have no idea that they are.
Pride is an attitude of independence from God.
By hearing this open accusation, …. . .
Moses face fell down, by their open and arrogant rejection of the rule of God.
It is not Moses and Aaron who are being challenged here:
it is God who's being challenged, because God appointed Moses and Aaron,
And Moses announces that God Himself is going to settle this dispute.
And in verses 19 - 21, we read God decided to make His judgement on the rebels.
Just like Korah,
Do we struggle with………. . .
▪disregard for the will of God.
Who are we to disregard God’s plan?
Don't let pride escort us to hell.
Humble ourselves and lay our pride in the dust.