Korah, along with his buddies Dathan and Abiram and 250 men, challenge Moses and Aaron. Well we already learned with the Miriam leprosy situation that God does not like when His appointed leaders are challenged. Same is true in this case. The Lord opens the earth and swallows Korah, Dathan and Abiram along with everything in their household. Next He kills the other 250 by fire. So now the entire congregation is complaining against Moses and Aaron for killing “the people of the Lord”. Really?! I’m pretty sure at this point I wouldn’t be saying anything against Moses and Aaron. Anyway, the congregation’s complaint makes the Lord angry so He sends a plague that kills 14,700 but Moses has Aaron intercede for the people and the plague stops.
God then makes clear who He appointed as leader with the budding rod contest. Aaron was the winner. 🏆 God restates that the priesthood was given to Aaron and his sons and he lays out the support they are to receive from the children of Israel. He also says to Aaron “You shall have no inheritance in the land; nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel”.
We will see when the children settle into the promised land that the Levites will not inherit land; however, they will be given cities among the people so that they can minister to the communities. This fulfills the blessing given to them by Jacob back in Gen 49:7 when he said “I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel”. Tomorrow Moses lashes out in anger. Keep reading to find out what happens.