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Numbers 16-18

Numbers 16-18…Korah, Dathan and Abiram, the budding of Aaron’s rod, and offerings for priests and Levites.

In Numbers 16, Korah, Dathan, and Abiram rise up against the leaders God has put in place. The same glory of the Lord that appeared to appoint Aaron as leader in Leviticus 9:23, now confirms him in it in order to oppose these rebels. Nothing is more terrible to those who are conscious of guilt, than the appearance of the Divine glory.

Aaron’s rod became a living branch. Christ is expressly called a rod out of the root of Jesse. According to human views, He was stricken and afflicted. But the dry rod revived and blossomed to the confusion of his adversaries. Similarly, if you are bearing fruit as a Christian today, it is amazing. You were once dead in your sins and transgressions, with no hope, and no interest in God. He rescued you, which is miraculous.

In Numbers 18, the priests were to be completely devoted to their ministry, and not to be distracted by the world. According to 1 Peter 2:5, we are all spiritual priests:

“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

How do we carefully live in the world, but avoid worldliness? Join a church, and link arms with other believers. Encourage and hold one another accountable in love. Lone ranger Christians have a spiritual death wish and often don’t even know it. If we are arrogant enough to think we can live out the Christian life on our own, then we truly don’t understand the bible, or the power of sin.

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