Is order necessary in society? If so, why is there so much distrust toward authority? What happens to our world when it descends into anarchy?
THE READING (Num. 16:1-11, 25-35; 17:1-11)
God set aside the tribe of Levi for service at the tabernacle, but not all Levites were priests. Only the sons of Aaron received this honor (Num. 15:25, 28, 33). Another controversy flared in Numbers 16-17 when this divine arrangement was challenged by Korah and his cohorts.
Discuss these questions to get a better understanding of the text.
- Look at the bios of the leaders of the rebellion in 16:1-2. Could their tribes have anything to do with their ambitions?
- What was Korah’s accusation? (16:3). Was all the congregation holy? (see Ex. 19:6; Num. 15:37-41). But could Korah and the others have confused responsibility for status? (see Num. 3:38).
- What was Moses’ immediate reaction? (16:4). What do you think he was doing?
- What happened to the rebels? (16:31-35).
- What sign did God give the people of the priesthood of Aaron the next day? (17:8-10). Where was it kept? Why do you think God chose this as a sign to confirm the priesthood?
- What is the overall meaning of this passage?
Discuss these questions to envision what it would be like to practically live out this passage.
- Envy is the only temptation that has no pleasure. Why is it so strong?
- Why is jealousy over leadership positions so common? Is leadership always rewarding? In the church, are leadership positions supposed to be about status and prestige? (cf. Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:1-2).
- Why is order necessary? What is God’s order in the home and in the church? (Eph. 5:22-6:4; Heb. 13:7; Phil. 1:1). Do we sometimes struggle to follow it?
- What is the job of a priest? Who are the priests under the new covenant? (1 Pet. 2:9).
- How does Jesus serve as our high priest? (Heb. 7:24-27).