Numbers 16:19, “Meanwhile, Korah had stirred up the entire community against Moses and Aaron, and they all gathered at the Tabernacle entrance. Then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to the whole community.”
Why would a community that has seen the glorious presence of God and still complain? Why would they treat God and His appointed, Moses and Aaron, with contempt? God who dwells among them and provides for their needs is an obvious presence…an overpowering presence. Many of them saw what God did to the Egyptians, the parting of the Red Sea and still they have the gull to mutter complain against Moses and Aaron who were the appointed mouthpiece of God.
THe ground swallows up the household and belongings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram
Rebelling against God’s anointed is really a rebellion against God Himself. Why were the Israelites so stubborn then is beyond comprehension. I cannot believe how they cannot have faith in the God who delivered them out of Egypt. They were really pushing God to annihilate them. Why? What led them to become like that?”
Further to this, the Israelites started to complain again the day after God destroyed the primary rebels mentioned in this chapter. They were sinning against God and the whole community were siding and symphatizing with the rebels. They saw God not as a deliverer but as a new task master. And Moses and Aaron as foremen. Was that trauma from the slavery they suffered in the hands of the Egyptians? Did they not realize that God delivered them out so that He can give them a better life?
But God truly loves them. He allowed Moses and Aaron to quell His anger. Twice in this chapter that God wanted to totally destroy them and build a new a new generation through Moses and Aaron. Without the timely intervention of these two people, God would have proceeded. It is admirable how Moses and Aaron were able to tolerate these people. It is a victory of love over all things. Moses recognized how the descendants of Israel were so much loved by God that He will not allow God to shame Himself from those who He delivered the Israelites from.