Numbers

The Rebellion of Korah (Numbers 16)

“The Rebellion of Korah”

 

Numbers 16:1-50

 

Introduction

 

Jude 11 reminds us that there will be three attitudes that will characterize last days’ false teaching: the way of Cain, (salvation   by good works), the error of Balaam (reasoning that God cannot bless people unless they are without sin) and the gainsaying or rebellion of Korah (the disrespect and disregard for properly-appointed leadership). The last attitude has its basis in this portion from Numbers 16 and is practical in at least two ways: 1) to show how apostates will attempt to undermine divinely-appointed leadership and 2) to show even among the Lord’s people that disregarding and undermining the leadership of any local assembly is a serious sin and subject to the Lord’s discipline.


Discussion

 

The Cities of Refuge (Numbers 35)

The lessons that come to us from the cities of refuge are instructive and help to broaden our understanding and deepen our appreciation for the sinner’s provision made available through the finished work of Christ. In the Old Testament God made provision for the person who committed manslaughter—the unintentional killing of another individual. In five separate passages (Ex. 21:12-14; Num. 35:6-34; Deut. 4:41-43; 19:1-13; and Josh. 20:1-9) God gives thorough instruction for the establishment and use of cities of refuge—places designated as a safe haven for the manslayer. Needing protection from the vengeful relative, the manslayer could be lawfully sheltered from harm, but only if he fled immediately to one of the appointed cities.

 

 

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