But if the Lord creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the Lord .”
Korah was leading a rebellion against Moses. His response was to say that if the rebels died a natural death, the Lord had not sent him. But if the Lord intervened and created something new, then it would be known who is on the Lord’s side.
This verse shows how seriously God takes rebellion against His divinely appointed leaders. In an age when churches often split and self appointed leaders rise up, we would do well to take note of how God responded to rebels against His servants Moses and Aaron. The ground opened up and swallowed them alive into the grave!
Of course, this doesn’t mean to say that those who refuse to submit to godly leaders nowadays are necessarily going to be swallowed up alive into the grave. But the point is, it’s not going to end well for those who set themselves up against the Lord, and His anointed, the Lord Jesus Christ, and all who are in Him. We need to learn humility and submissiveness, not a hankering after prestige and preeminence.
Being swallowed up alive by the earth into the grave shows that these people despised the Lord and His authority. It might seem a bit harsh to our 21st century sensibilities. But if the Lord has the power to cast soul and body into hell, we would do well to humble ourselves before Him. Who are we to question any of His ways?
“Lord God Almighty, we acknowledge You to be the one to who we must submit and humble ourselves before. Please forgive our rebelliousness and reconcile us to Yourself, for the honour of Your name, amen”