and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. (Numbers 16:32)
There are a lot of morals to the story I read last night in the book of Numbers 16. To set the stage, once again poor Moses, our faithful leader, is being challenged by a group of people wishing things were different with their lives. This time, Korah the son of Izhar, Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, along with 250 renowned leaders of the congregation and some of the children of Israel, decided that Moses and Aaron shouldn't be the only individuals exalted by God. (Nu 16:1-3).
Can you imagine the sight of this? Poor Moses once again knew what to do. He fell on his face before God in prayer. (Nu 16:4). These people challenging after all, were already special in the sight of God, but they wanted more. They wanted to be priests. How many of us are never satisfied with the place God has us in our lives? Moses charged them that they had come against the Lord, not him, in their rebellion (16:11). Then, another argument ensued. Poor Moses, I say, but woe on the individuals who argue with Moses. Moses prayed for judgment, God delivered with a bang. The earth opened up its mouth and swallowed up the tents and the families of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram and if that wasn't enough, fire came down from heaven and consumed the other 250 leaders.
Hmm...I think there are several morals to this story that can even be applied to our lives today:
1) Submit to those in authority over you as you submit to God. In our jobs, in our ministries and in our homes, we have most likely been placed under the "rule" of someone else. After all, God tells us to and they are the ones accountable to God for our souls. (He 13:17)
2) Let God place you in leadership in His time, not yours. God knows what He is doing after all. He knows when we are ready to handle more responsibility and He knows when we have more to learn. Just because someone else has the authority we want, do we really want to be somewhere that God has not yet willed for us? (1 Peter 5:6) Let's not get swallowed up!