Numbers 16.1-3 – Human Pride & Divine Sovereignty
Posted: 12 July 2010 in Numbers, Scripture

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: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

Numbers contains another passage, with a similar theme to this, and both passages are about what happens when human pride clashes with God’s sovereignty. As levites the rebels had a divinely ordained role to play in the life of Israel, but still they had a craven need to be “top dog”. Such a nindset leads only to rebellion against God. We are here to do God’s will, and to accept his will for us – nothing more or less than that. In Genesis 3, pride is depicted as being the original sin, and the root of all other sins.

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