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Korah rebels against the authority of Moses and Aaron. Korah paid a high price for his rebellion. We, as the people of God, also pay a high price when we rebel against the leaders God has appointed.

Korah rebels against the authority of Moses and Aaron. Korah paid a high price for his rebellion. We, as the people of God, also pay a high price when we rebel against the leaders God has appointed.

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  • 1.  Korah rebels against Moses.  Dathan, Abiram, and On join the rebellion; they convince 250 other who were “men of renown” (v 2) to join them.  Their case:  They accuse Moses of exalting himself above the assembly of the LORD (v 3).  They complain because Moses led them out of Egypt “a land flowing with milk and honey” and has brought them into the wilderness (vv 13-14).
  • 2.  The rebellion, however, does not last long.  Korah and his ilk rise against Moses, and Moses declares that the next morning God would show whom He regarded as holy (v 6).  You know how that went.  Korah and his cohorts and families were consumed when the ground under their feet opened up.  The 250 “men of renown” were consumed by fire from the presence of the LORD.
  • 3. Rejecting God’s leaders is rejecting God.
  • 4. Numbers 16:28-35
  • 5. Rejecting God’s leaders is rejecting God.
  • 6.  There are consequences for rejecting God’s leaders.  “Whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves” (Rom 13:2).  Authorities in our lives:  Parents (Eph 6:1).  Employers (Eph 6:5).  Government (1 Pet 3:13-17).  Elders (1 Tim 5:17).
  • 7.  We’ll think of this text in light of the eldership.  One: We are all under the elders of this congregation.  Two: I believe that the scenario with Korah is easier to apply to the eldership than any other authority.
  • 8.  One: Understand that God has placed our elders in their position.  Moses (Num 16:28-29).  “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28).  Churches may certainly select who their elders will be (Acts 6:2- 6).  However, the Holy Spirit makes them overseers.
  • 9.  Two: You do not accuse the elders of wrongdoing.  Korah & his co-conspirators accused Moses of wrongdoing.  They accuse Moses and Aaron of exalting themselves above the assembly of the LORD (v 3).  Dathan and Abiram accuse Moses of seeking to kill the Israelites in the wilderness (vv 13-14).  We cannot do the same.  “Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses” (1 Tim 5:19).  Only highly honorable men can serve as elders (1 Tim 3:1-7).
  • 10.  Three: If you disagree with an elder, do so privately.  Korah made a big deal out of disagreeing with Moses.  When the people grumbled against Moses because he and Aaron had “killed the people of the LORD” (Num 16:41), a great plague fell upon the people and 14,700 people die.
  • 11.  What do you do if you disagree with an elder?  You go to him alone.  “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone” (Matt 18:15).  Rumors/gossip can greatly harm a congregation.  “They learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not” (1 Tim 5:13).  Realize you may not know the whole story.  Realize they’re acting for the best of the kingdom (Acts 20:28).
  • 12.  Four: Pray for the elders.  “I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Tim 2:1-2).  Being an elder in the church of the living God is far more important than being in government!
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