Numbers 16 & 17 – Power struggle…

Good evening y’all. Today i’m doing a combined study on Numbers chapter 16 and 17

Be blessed 🙂


Reading through both chapters, it dawned on me that God always has the back of his own. He will always defend us, as long as we we allow him fight for us and not take matters into our own hands.

In chapter 16 the people rebelled against Moses and Aaron. They started complaining about Moses leading them and Aaron acting as priest.

They united against Moses and Aaron and said, “You have gone too far! The whole community of Israel has been set apart by the Lord, and he is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the Lord’s people?” (Num 16: 3 NLT)

The clan of korah had their job but they weren’t content; they were greedy and wanted something more significant and important. They forgot it was God who called them.

“Then Moses spoke again to Korah: “Now listen, you Levites!  Does it seem insignificant to you that the God of Israel has chosen you from among all the community of Israel to be near him so you can serve in the Lord’s Tabernacle and stand before the people to minister to them?  Korah, he has already given this special ministry to you and your fellow Levites. Are you now demanding the priesthood as well? The Lord is the one you and your followers are really revolting against! For who is Aaron that you are complaining about him?” (Num 16: 8-11 NLT)

In the end their rebellion cost them their lives and that of their family including the other clans that joined in the rebellion.

We ought to be careful not to copy others in their sin. the other clans that joined Korah in his rebeliion suffered as well. they all lost their lives as well as that of their family members.

Rather than craving anothers position, we should focus our energy on doing what God has called us to do. Lets find joy and contentment in doing it. Bible says if we are found faithful in little things, we would also be faithful in doing big things.

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities”. (Luke 16:10 NLT)

I’m reminded of the parable of the talents. If the servant given 2 talents complained about having 2 and focused on the servant that was given 5, he would have missed out on the blessing just like the servant given the one talent missed out on it. His talent was eventualy given to the one who was found faithful.

The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” (Matt 25:21)

Had Korah and his clan been faithful doiung their job, perhaps God would have promoted them to a higher role.

Remember promotion comes from God and not man.  Don’t run ahead of God or try to step into a role he hasn’t called you to do.

In chapter 17, God silenced the complainers properly….lol. He put them back in their place by selecting Aaron’s staff. God fought on Aaron’s behalf. He proved to the Israelites that He chose Aaron and there is nothing they can do about

Buds will sprout on the staff belonging to the man I choose. Then I will finally put an end to the people’s murmuring and complaining against you.” So Moses gave the instructions to the people of Israel, and each of the twelve tribal leaders, including Aaron, brought Moses a staff.  Moses placed the staffs in the Lord’s presence in the Tabernacle of the Covenant. When he went into the Tabernacle of the Covenant the next day, he found that Aaron’s staff, representing the tribe of Levi, had sprouted, budded, blossomed, and produced ripe almonds!” (Num 17: 5-8 NLT)

We’ve got to always remember God is sovereign and He can choose whomever He wants.

Who are we to question His choices? Let’s respect ourselves and not overstep our boundary with God. Learn from the Israelites. It didn’t end well for those who taught they knew better than God.

Another thing i learnt from this chapter is about respecting those whom God has placed over us. God chose them, so we must respect them irrespective of how we feel toward them. It’s a command from God.  Let God deal with them. It’s not our place to start complaining, rebelling or gossiping about them!

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished”. (Rom 13:1-2 NLT)

Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to share your thots on the chapter.

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Have a blessed evening


***With God all things are possible***


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