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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

February 18, 2021

Daily Reading: Numbers 16-17


Numbers 16:14

Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.


There are always the Korahs lurking around attempting to destroy God's leaders. Mark it down, in the home, in the nation, on the job, and in churches Korahs abound. Every leader is marked for destruction by the Korahs and their gangs of followers. Moses dealt with Korah and God included this sordid story in His Word as a warning to both; leaders and the Korahs. After all, every leader to some degree at some time or another will endure the attack of Korah. Also, every Korah will face the consequences for their actions.


No doubt there are leaders who are no good, low down, scallywags, and charlatans using positions of leadership for personal inurement and even salacious purposes. But not all. Moses was not using his leadership position to do anything but be of service to the Lord and be a blessing to Israel. But Korah and his crowd could not abide Moses's God ordained calling and work. In the story of Korah we find two ways in which the Korah's will always challenge God's leaders.


One is to blame their own shortcomings on the leader. Korah's gang said that Moses did not bring them to the promise land, they had not received their milk and honey, nor yet inherited their vineyards and fields. But wait...Moses did not bring back the evil report, Moses did not rebel against the Lord by not going up immediately to take possession of the land! It was the sin of the people of Israel that believed the unfaithful spies instead of by faith obeying the Lord's command that caused them to wander in the wilderness. It was their fault, yet they blamed the leader.


The other way Moses was blamed, is that after the ground opened up and swallowed Korah and all that he had, the people blamed Moses for killing them (Numbers 16:41). So get the picture on one hand Moses was blamed for not doing something, and on the other hand he was blamed for doing something. Neither he did, but the Korahs blamed him nonetheless.


Leaders learn the lesson. You will be blamed for things you don't do and for things you are said to do, both of which you probably didn't do. When this happens learn from Moses, turn it over to God. He will defend His leaders. Every time. Guaranteed.


Korahs, learn the lesson. God will deal with rebellion, there will be consequences.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.



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