Epistles of Thomas

March 7, 2009

Numbers 16-18

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 23:15
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In chapter 16 the rebellion of Korah and many other leaders is recorded. They are upset that Moses has led them into the wilderness and now they will never even settle in the promised land. God opposed the rebels and caused the earth to open up and swallow the leaders and then he consumed the other 250 with fire! The people did not react with repentance and contrition but accused Moses of killing the Lord’s people (16:41). In response, God sent a plague amongst them and due to Moses’ quick command and Aaron’s action only 14,700 died. God decided to end this rebellion once and for all by showing them visibly that Aaron was chosen to lead. The leader of each tribe brought their staff to the tabernacle. This time the tribe of Levi was included and Aaron’s staff represented them. The next day they discovered that “Aaron’s staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds” (17:8). God reiterates the commands made to Aaron and the priests with regard to duty and benefits. The priests were to obtain their food from the offerings that were made to God while remembering that “You must present as the Lord’s portion the best and holiest part of everything given to you” (18:29). May this be our desire today as we act within the priesthood of all believers.

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