I can’t believe that the people still didn’t believe in You, even after seeing all that You can do.
These are Your chosen people, but You made them die in the desert.
Now I understand why if we have no faith in Jesus we will spend eternity in Hell.
“And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath Day.
And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.
And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.
And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with sdstones without the camp.
And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses” (Num 15:32-36).
Breaking any of God’s commandments in spite of Him is telling Him to go to hell and that is where you will go, not Him.
There are many laws that we have to obey or we go to jail and most people obey them, why would anyone disobey God’s laws?
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes (see Prov 3:5) after which ye use to go a whoring:
That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God (Num 15:37-40).
Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the 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 certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown” (Num 16:1-2).
They accused Moses of lying and stealing from them, it appears that they were just jealous of Moses’ relationship with God.
Such jealousy is the same that Lucifer had, which caused him to be cast out of heaven (Is 14:12-23, Eze 28:1-19).
“And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.
And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.
And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.
So they gat up from the tabernacle of 1 Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.
And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.
If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me.
But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.
And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:
And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods” (Num 16:20-32).
“But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD.
And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.
And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.
And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun.
And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.
And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.
Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.
And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed” (Num 16:41-50).
1 Korah and His Associates – Korah, one of the rich leaders of the Levites, and a cousin ofMoses and Aaron, felt that he had been slighted and overlooked in the distribution of the highest priestly honors and leadership.
He envied Moses and Aaron, and also his cousin Elzaphan, who had been put in charge of the Levites, after Aaron’s family had become elevated to the rank of Kohanim(Priests).
Realizing that despite his riches and influence he alone could do very little to shake the people’s faith and confidence in Moses and Aaron, Korah looked for associates in his campaign against them.
Dathan was a son of Eliab, the son of Pallu, the son of Reuben. Together with his brother Abiram, the Levite Korah and others, he rebelled against Moses and Aaron.
Alexander Murray in his volume on suicide says that the fact that Dathan and Abiram were punished along with their families demonstrated to medieval authors that families should be punished as well as perpetrators for crimes.
Fringe (Tassels) on Garments
God’s command to affix tassels to the hems of Israelite garments carried rich symbolism in the ancient world. People perceived the hem of a garment to be an extension of the wearer’s person and status (cf. Ruth 3:9; 1 Sam 24:11, 20; Matt 9:21, 23:5).
NOTE: the connection in most of these references would have been understood by ancient Hebrews/Jews, although it may not be explicitly stated).
So strongly did the hem represent the wearer’s identity that legally binding agreements were sealed by impressing the hem as a “signature” onto the wet clay tablet of a recorded contract.
In Israel, fringed hems with twisted cords of blue marked the wearers’ community as being consecrated to the Lord.
The prescribed blue color of the tassels was reminiscent of the “sacred” blue textiles used to make tabernacle coverings and high priestly garments.
Israelites affixed these tassels to their garments to jog their memories in terms of the commandments the keeping of which would make them holy.
God’s people were to be set apart by dress and observance of the law as “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation”.
Many Jews still wear the tassels for the same purpose that they did back then, but today it is against God because it offends Jesus.
Jesus replaced the tassel, He is the Promised Land, He replaced the bronze serpent (Num 21:4-9). Jesus Christ has replaced anything and everything that was needed to survive with God.
Yet, He did not replace the law, He fulfilled the law.