Application: Korah was a complainer, but he was also a poser. He thought that he could use this opportunity, this wave of complaint, to exalt himself to a position that did not belong to him. Since everyone was already complaining about Moses he thought that it was the perfect opportunity to “unseat” Moses, get rid of him, and then Korah could take his place. But Korah could never become that leader in the priesthood.
Numbers 17, God is confirming the priesthood through Aaron and his sons. (sixth murmuring)
- Application: We must understand that once we begin to divide God’s people through murmuring it is almost impossible to get rid of all the residue. Even after Korah and his followers were exterminated there still remained doubt in the minds of some people. Some people were still wondering if indeed God had selected Aaron and his sons to be the priests. Even though God had already established this in Exodus 28. So God is going to instruct Moses to set up a test to see who of the 12 tribes will be the priests (confirming the priesthood).
- Let everyone of the tribes of Israel put the name of their tribe on a stick, a total of 12 sticks, and for the tribe of Levi put the name of Aaron on a dry dead stick. Take all 13 sticks and place then in front of the Ark. So they did that.
- Num 17:8 On the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony, and behold, the staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds.
- This validated Aaron and his sons as the rightful priests. This is also a cool image of something dead coming back to life, just like Christ.
- In the Ark of the Covenant was placed pieces of manna, the two tablets of stone containing the 10 commandments and Aarons budding rod.
- All of these things remained in the Ark and served as a reminder to them of what God had done for them: gave them the Law, gave them sustenance and gave them priests that would help them in having their sins atoned. Hebrews 9:9 tells us that the Ark, tabernacle, sacrifices, etc serves (present time) as an illustration that only Christ can wash away our sins.