We must honor the Lord
Korah Rebels / Moses Sins
Lesson Numbers 16-17, 20
plague: an illness that spreads among the people
rebel: one who refuses to accept the authority of another
Sing:The wise man
built his house
Discussion Point: Remember how we said that God
promised to make Israel a special people? In what ways did God
treat this group differently than other nations? He led them in
person in the cloud and fire, he fed them manna each day, he
presented himself within the tabernacle, he allowed the priests
to approach him, and he claimed this people as his own. But some
people got used to these blessings, and wanted even more. Korah,
Dathan and Abiram were jealous that only certain men got to
approach God as priests. They twisted the truth, and said that
since all the nation was special, all could approach God. Was
that true? Yes, they were special, but God had said only the
tribe of Levi could serve him in the temple. Sometimes today,
man will take something that is true and try to make it mean
more than it does. We must be careful to know the whole truth.
Did these people want to approach God, or did they want to
seem important? Often people who claim to want to serve God
don't care what he thinks about this service. Korah, Dathan,
and Abiram wanted to elevate themselves, cause trouble for
Moses and do things their own way. If they cared about
pleasing God they would have listened to what he said!
How did God react to this presumption? First, he punished the
rebels by swallowing them and their belongings into the earth.
The he sent fire to destroy 250 men that had set themselves up
as leaders of this rebellion. When the people blamed Moses for
these things, God sent a plague to punish them. Moses and Aaron
were able to save many by interceding. To prove that God had
chosen only the tribe of Levi, he had Aaron's rod blossom while
the others remained dead sticks. God had not changed his mind
about who was allowed to approach him.
Activity: Take 13 tongue depressors. On each write the name
of a tribe. On the thirteenth, write Aaron's name on one
side and glue small flowers on the other. Use to demonstrate
the miracle God used to prove Aaron's position as High
Once again the people came to where there was no water. Once again
God told Moses how to provide it. Only this time, Moses changed
what God said to do, and he personally rebuked the Israelites
for their murmuring. Water came from the rock, but God was
upset. He said, "Because you did not honor me as holy, you will
not bring this people into the land." Moses had done two things:
he presumed that hitting the rock was ok (it wasn't), and he
claimed to Israel that he was providing the water. Did Moses
make the water come from the rock? No, God did. If Moses did not
set God apart as the sole provider for Israel, would the people?
No. Leaders have a very difficult job because they must always
point toward God as the ultimate authority. Teachers, parents,
elders and even politicians need to recognize and demonstrate
that any authority they have comes from God, not themselves. The
Israelites were already rebellious enough. They often contested
Moses' position. If Moses claimed to be more than he was, they
would have reason to rebel. Who were the Israelites really
rebelling against? They were rebelling against God.
Discussion Point: Why do you think Moses said what he did?
After so many years of patiently caring for the Israelites, it
sounds like he finally let his anger get the best of him. This
is an important warning for us. It tells us that anger makes us
weak against temptation, it has lasting consequences, it can
affect even the humblest and strongest of people, and it never
accomplishes God's will. D+Anger=Danger! We must be careful when
we are angry not to sin against God!
Numbers 20:12 Because you did not honor me as holy, you will not
bring this people into the land.
True or False
Review Questions for gameboard linguistic
Korah was right to challenge the priesthood. F
Moses was right to judge the rebels. T
The Israelites accused Moses of murdering the rebels. T
Aaron's rod budded because he was a better man than the others. F
Moses had his own weaknesses. T
- God said he must be set apart as _______.
- Name 2 words that rhyme with bud.
- Recite the memory verse.
Assemble a small puzzle.
Act out the rebels telling Aaron he's not special.
Put first six books of Bible in order (from cards).
How do you think Aaron felt when 250 men told him he wasn't special?
How did Moses feel when the people complained about water again?
How did God feel when Moses claimed to perform a miracle?
How do you feel when someone else takes credit for your work?
How should we treat those in authority over us?
How do we set God apart as holy?
Who should get all the credit for the good things that happen?
What book of the Bible is this lesson from?
How many leaders followed Korah?
What 3 punishments did God deliver to the rebels?
Can someone tell the truth and still be wrong?
If we want to please God, who do we listen to?
Does God always treat everyone as equals?