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Beginning of the End, Page 194

Korah Leads a Rebellion

This chapter is based on Numbers 16 and 17.

The judgments inflicted on the Israelites held back their complaining and rebellion for a while, but the spirit of rebellion was still in their hearts. Now a seriously planned conspiracy was formed to overthrow the authority of the leaders appointed by God Himself.

Korah, the leading person in this movement, a cousin of Moses, was a man of ability and influence. He had become unhappy with his position and wanted the dignity of the priesthood. For some time Korah had been secretly opposing the authority of Moses and Aaron, though He had not dared to openly rebel. He finally devised a bold plan to overthrow both the civil and the religious authority. Dathan and Abiram, two princes, readily joined in his ambitious schemes and decided to divide the honors of the priesthood with Korah.

The feeling among the people favored Korah. In the bitterness of their disappointment, their former doubts, jealousy, and hatred returned, and again they complained against their patient leader. They forgot that they were under God’s guidance, that the presence of Christ went in front of them, and that Moses received directions from Him.

Unwilling to die in the wilderness, they were ready to believe that it was not God but Moses who had decided their doom. Although the evidence of God’s displeasure at their rebellious nature was still before them, they did not take the lesson to heart.

God, who reads the secrets of all hearts, had given His people warnings and instructions that could have given them the power to escape the deception of these scheming men. They had seen the judgment of God on Miriam because of her jealousy and complaints against Moses. The Lord had declared, “I speak with him face to face. ... Why then,” He added, “were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?” (Numbers 12:8). These instructions were intended not for Aaron and Miriam alone, but for all Israel.

Korah and his co-conspirators were among those who went up with Moses into the mountain and saw the divine glory. But they had held

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