7. a. God dealt with Korah, his sons, and his followers in this way—
- After the innocent backed away from the tents of Korah, Abiram, and Dathan, “the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them down—them and everything and everyone associated with Korah.” Numbers 16:32-33 The Voice
- Fire blazed forth from the Lord and burned up the 250 men who were offering incense. Numbers 16:35 NLT
b. Moses was confident the Lord would not find him nor Aaron guilty because—
- Moses knew the Lord sent him to do everything he did.
- Moses knew he did not do anything on his own.
- Moses knew God would always tell him what he planned to do. See Amos 3:7
c. I will continue to thank the Lord for—
- His goodness, grace, and mercy.
- The finished work of Jesus on the cross.
- His written word.
- His abiding presence through the Holy Spirit.
I will ask Him for—
- Increased understanding of His word.
- Increased wisdom in applying His word.
- Increased fruit of the Spirit in my life.
8. a. The censers of Korah’s followers—
In Numbers 16:36-40 NLT, God instructed Moses to have Aaron’s son Eleazer—
- pull all 250 incense burners from the fire,
- hammer the metal into a thin sheet to overlay the altar.
- God said as a covering for the altar, the incense burners would serve as a warning to the people of Israel that no unauthorized person.
b. Although the people saw what happened to Korah and company, the very next morning the whole community of Israel began muttering again against Moses and Aaron, saying, “You have killed the Lord’s people!” Numbers 16:41 NLT (Italics added for emphasis.)
c. At the very least, the people should have refrained from grumbling.
The following New Testament verses come to mind:
1 Corinthians 10:10-13 NLT And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
Galatians 6:1 NLT Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.
9, a. Numbers 16:42-45 Lessons about how God protected His honor and Moses and Aaron—
- When God calls us, we can’t do the job without His help. And He is faithful.
- God’s only plan B was to make Moses into a great nation. (Exodus 32:10) Everything was riding on Moses. God knew his heart.
b. At Moses’ command, Aaron took an incense burner filled with coals from the altar and ran among the people to purify them. When he stood between the dead and the living, the plague stopped.
c. Jesus Christ is our great high priest.
- Moses was the mediator of a temporary and conditional covenant. ~ Jesus is the mediator of a new and better, eternal covenant.
“So we can see that Jesus has become the guarantee of a new and better covenant.” Hebrews 7:22 The Voice
“Remember, if the first covenant had been able to reconcile everyone to God, there would be no reason for a second covenant.” Hebrews 8:7 The Voice
- Moses did what God told him to do and said what God told him to say. ~ Jesus did what He saw the Father doing John 5:19-30, and He is the word of God. John 1:1
- It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Hebrews 10:4 ~ John saw Jesus coming to him and said, Look! There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
Photo Credit The Death of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, by Gustave Doré. Public Domain