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Numbers Chapter 16   (ESV)

16 Now Korah the son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men. 2 And they rose up before Moses, with a number of the people of Israel, 250 chiefs of the congregation, chosen from the assembly, well-known men. 3 They assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?” 4 When Moses heard it, he fell on his face, 5 and he said to Korah and all his company, “In the morning the Lord will show who is his, and who is holy, and will bring him near to him. The one whom he chooses he will bring near to him. 6 Do this: take censers, Korah and all his company; 7 put fire in them and put incense on them before the Lord tomorrow, and the man whom the Lord chooses shall be the holy one. You have gone too far, sons of Levi!” 8 And Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi: 9 is it too small a thing for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do service in the tabernacle of the Lord and to stand before the congregation to minister to them, 10 and that he has brought you near him, and all your brothers the sons of Levi with you? And would you seek the priesthood also?



  • Moses led the people on their journey out of Egypt into the land of Canaan. However, the people did not always value Moses’ spiritual leadership and guidance.  They often spoke against Moses, and they rebelled, time and again, against his authority.  Korah and all his company weren’t satisfied with serving in the ministries of the Tabernacle, and standing before the congregation to minister to them.  Their ambition was to grasp for the priesthood.
  • The role of a good spiritual leader or director in spiritual formation is critical. Every person on the journey of spiritual formation needs good guidance.  Through judgment upon their behavior, God taught the Israelites the importance of spiritual guidance and authority.
  • Do I have a spiritual mentor that will help me, encourage me and direct me on my spiritual journey?



If so, thank God for this mentor.  Pray for God’s blessing and protection on him/her.  If not, ask God to bless me with one that will support and accompany me on this journey.