Sometime in April I began reading the Bible from the beginning – Genesis. It is the first time I have ever felt the tug of the Holy Spirit to do so and it has been so very exciting to think that eventually I would have read the entire Bible!
There have been so very many stories that I have read thus far that were completely new to me. And for the ones that I knew, I tried to pay closer attention to the details so that the Holy Spirit could give me new revelation.
I am currently in the Book of Numbers and I have to admit that I have never attempted to read this book before and so all of it is new to me! But you guys….there is a story within this book that has stopped me in my tracks. The story of Korah.
As a back-story, the Israelites are on their way to the Promised Land but they seem to question God and Moses all along the way. To me they were so very stubborn and ungrateful! I mean, Moses had to plead with God several times to have mercy on them so that they were not completely wiped off the face of the planet. And yet here comes Korah and his friends:
Now Korah the son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men. And they rose up before Moses, with a number of the people of Israel, 250 chiefs of the congregation, chosen from the assembly, well-known men. They assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?” When Moses heard it, he fell on his face, and he said to Korah and all his company, “In the morning the Lord will show who is his, and who is holy, and will bring him near to him. The one whom he chooses he will bring near to him.
Numbers 16:1-5 ESV
So they are challenged to a test. They were to present censers with incense before the Lord to see whose offering God would accept. And what do you think happened? God completely annihilated every single one of them with fire because only the priests were to present offering on behalf of the people. Each tribe and clan had been assigned a task! A purpose.
Korah had been a member of the Kohathite clan of the tribe of Levi. The Kohathites had the responsibility of taking care of and carrying/handling the Holy things within the tabernacle – the lampstand, the table that holds the bread and even the ark of the Covenant!!! What more could one ask for to even be chosen by God to touch these things? Yet Korah and the others had not thought that it was enough. They wanted to be priests like Aaron and his sons because they too were Levites.
How sad. They saw their own purpose as worthless, and instead coveted someone else’s.
May this sin of pride and covetousness never be found in me! I take this as a personal warning to honour what God has given to me….and also to not desire what He has given to someone else. Let Korah be the example to us all of what not to follow.
Appreciate what God has given to YOU.
There are so many lessons to be learned just from this one chapter in Numbers, so stay tuned as I unpack some more of what has stood out to me thus far. But if you take nothing more from this post today – remember this:
You have a very special purpose. Do not compare it to anyone else’s. Appreciate it and value it, because God gave it to you. ❤