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Monday, August 27, 2012

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Korah was a Levite, a cousin of Moses, and a man of ability and influence. Though appointed to the service of the tabernacle, he had become dissatisfied with his position and aspired to the dignity of the priesthood. He was jealous of Aaron, and secretly opposed him and Moses. He finally conceived a plan to overthrow them, and did not fail to find sympathizers.


The people, in their bitterness and disappointment over being defeated by the Canaanites and unwilling to submit to the sentence that they must die in the desert, were ready to seize on any opportunity for believing that it was not God, but Moses who had pronounced their doom.


To those who are in the wrong, and deserving of reproof, there is nothing more pleasing than to receive sympathy and praise. The people were flattered by Korah, who professed great interest and love for them, and they concluded that he must be good, and Moses and Aaron, bad. They also came to really believe themselves to be very good people who had been wronged and abused by Moses. Should they admit that Korah was wrong and Moses right, then they would be compelled to receive the sentence that they must die in the desert.


Korah came to believe he was acting out of zeal for God, and that God was on his side. He deluded himself into thinking he was righteous, and the congregation holy. He thought himself a trailblazer, making a radical change in the government and greatly improving the administration of Moses and Aaron. Moses didn’t argue or defend himself, but interceded repeatedly for the people before God, realizing the enormity of their sin.


In the rebellion of Korah, we see the same spirit that led to the rebellion of Lucifer in heaven.


Korah and his companions rejected light until they became so blinded that the most striking manifestations of God’s power were not sufficient to convince them; they attributed them to human or satanic agency. The people did the same, and the day after the destruction of Korah and his followers, they came to Moses and Aaron saying, “Ye have killed the people of the Lord.” Their deception was so great that their sympathies were still with the transgressors. With this, they sealed their doom.


God works through His Holy Spirit to reprove and convict the sinner; and if the Spirit’s work is finally rejected, there is no more that God can do for the soul. No one will be condemned for believing a lie, but for refusing to believe the truth.  


Let us pray that we have a humble spirit when reproved so that we may accept the correction from the Lord, knowing that He is working His salvation in us.


Nancy Costa

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