Numbers 16:3

serveimageThey came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”

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2 thoughts on “Numbers 16:3”

  1. We were reading Jude which mentions this incident in verse 11, so naturally I went to go read about it 🙂 The part about “the whole community is holy” is a shocking contention. These are community members that were appointed to an honored leadership position and they are coveting Moses’ and Aaron’s position. And their argument is that everyone is holy. It reminds me of socialism where there’s someone in charge of saying there shouldn’t be anyone in charge, or only they can be in charge of keeping everyone in charge. In any case, they got the idea that Moses and Aaron were holding back some blessing from God… or even worse, they were just unbelievers who wanted power. Seems like the latter is the truth with this bunch. Which, again, is ironic being that they were declaring themselves to be holy, sanctified, set-apart… yet all along they just didn’t believe that Jesus miraculously saved them. And that’s the amazing thing, even today, the fact of the salvation already being accomplished yet it is rejected.
    I think these people are very similar to people today who reject Jesus because he’s just not who they want God to be. Jesus doesn’t give them what they desire. They don’t desire the truth. They want that boastful pride, that desire that has caught their eye… no, Jesus doesn’t offer that.

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  2. Another thought I had about this situation is how people always say stuff like, “Why does God let innocent people get hurt, like letting pedophiles abuse children?” But then when justice is carried out by God, those same people say that God is so mean. It’s like some people don’t understand what justice is, what grace is, and they don’t understand that freedom is an intrinsic part of how justice works.

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