Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Clash!

The unrest from yesterday comes to a head today.

"Korah...had with him 250 leaders of the congregation of Israel, prominent men with positions in the Council. They came as a group and confronted Moses and Aaron, saying, "You've overstepped yourself. This entire community is holy and God is in their midst. So why do you act like you're running the whole show?"
4 On hearing this, Moses threw himself facedown on the ground.
5 Then he addressed Korah and his gang: "In the morning God will make clear who is on his side, who is holy. God will take his stand with the one he chooses."

Moses response is not to argue. Not to contradict. Not to get defensive. He appeals to God Himself for direction and help. In the morning he has a word from God, and tells the two remaining sons of Aaron to come to the door of the Tent of Meeting.

Listen to THEIR answer:

12 -14 Moses then ordered Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, to appear, but they said, "We're not coming. Isn't it enough that you yanked us out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness? And now you keep trying to boss us around! Face it, you haven't produced: You haven't brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, you haven't given us the promised inheritance of fields and vineyards. You'd have to poke our eyes out to keep us from seeing what's going on. Forget it, we're not coming."

This time Moses response is very human:

15 Moses' temper blazed white-hot. He said to God, "Don't accept their Grain-Offering. I haven't taken so much as a single donkey from them; I haven't hurt a single hair of their heads."

The result is dramatic.

And violent.

19 "It was Korah and his gang against Moses and Aaron at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. The entire community could see the Glory of God.
20 -21 God said to Moses and Aaron, "Separate yourselves from this congregation so that I can finish them off and be done with them."
22 They threw themselves on their faces and said, "O God, God of everything living, when one man sins are you going to take it out on the whole community?"
23 -24 God spoke to Moses: "Speak to the community. Tell them, Back off from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram."

Then God "did His thang..."

"...the Earth split open. Earth opened its mouth and in one gulp swallowed them down, the men and their families, all the human beings connected with Korah, along with everything they owned. And that was the end of them, pitched alive into Sheol. The Earth closed up over them and that was the last the community heard of them.
34 At the sound of their cries everyone around ran for dear life, shouting, "We're about to be swallowed up alive!"
35 Then God sent lightning. The fire cremated the 250 men who were offering the incense."

Wow!

Talk about Shock and Awe!!

I don't even know how to apply this. Let God do the fight for you? He can always take care of your enemy better than you can?

Its OK to be angry when you are attacked? Just don't let the anger control your response?

I don't know what to learn from this. It certainly is entertaining, like all good fights are. Would make a great movie. Wish God would do this stuff today.

In every group there are challenges to the leadership. Most leaders squash it powerfully and thoroughly. I guess Moses did too, but with a God component. Interesting stuff...

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