By: Ely Lagajino
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
Korah and company gather at the tabernacle court to prove the success of their rebellion. The two hundred fifty princes offer incense exclusively used by the priest. Their sacrilege reaches the peak of insulting God. Instantly the “Glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation” (PP p.435). God asks Moses to separate from them so He may consume the rebels, but Moses prays to give them another chance.
Korah, Dathan, and Abiram withdraw from the assembly and stand in front of their tents. The princes and sympathizers follow. Moses asks the sympathizers to separate from their leaders, who later distance themselves from Korah.
Moses makes his second warning call. “Stay away from the tent of these wicked people so you will not be consumed by God’s Divine judgment.” Then Moses delivers his last appeal to Korah and company to repent and submit to God. But Korah, Abiram, and Dathan stand firmly defying God’s warning.
Moses declares in the hearing of all the Israelites that if the earth opens and swallows them alive, then their accusation is false, and they sin against God.
When Moses ends his speech, the earth opens and swallows up the rebels. The two hundred fifty princes run in terror, but they never repented, soon fire from heaven consumes them all.
Instead of repenting, their sympathizers accuse Moses of killing Korah, whom they consider a good man. The Lord sends aplague to consume the evil doers. Moses offers a prayer of mediation to save the survivors. He asks Aaron to offer incense, then the plague stops, but fourteen thousand offenders perish.
It is now established that Moses and Aaron are God’s spokespersons. The people accept their punishment of not being able to enter Canaan.
But the good news is that they are given a chance to repent, to assure them of inheriting the Promised Land in heaven. They can just ask their children to relate their stories in heaven about their adventures in the Land of Canaan.
Numbers 16 and 17