by Robert

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 ?”
Numbers 16:3

The people were revolting, especially those of the tribes of Levi and Reuben. A conspiracy had begun to challenge Moses and Aaron’s leadership. They gathered together against them and presented their rebellious case.

They argued that Moses and Aaron had gone too far. After all, they argued, all of God’s people are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. They were suggesting that Moses and Aaron weren’t needed, that the people could lead themselves.

Korah, the ringleader of the rebellion, and his cronies, argued that Moses and Aaron had exalted themselves above the assembly of the Lord. In reality, it was the Lord who had set them apart for the task of leading God’s people out of slavery in Egypt and towards the promised land. Their accusation was inaccurate and unfair.

“Ah, those troublesome Israelites”, we may condescendingly exclaim. But are we any better? Do we submit to our elders and deacons, those appointed by God to pastor or shepherd and serve us? Or do we grumble against them and challenge their authority?

“Almighty God, we submit to Your sovereignty. We humble ourselves before those You have placed in leadership over us. We ask Your forgiveness for our rebellious hearts, and that You would help us to submit to one another out of reverence to Christ. In His name, amen”