Korah and his followers incited the people of Israel to rebel and overthrow Moses and Aaron as the leaders of the nation. Moses realised that their motivation really was, that they were envious of the power and honour of Aaron’s priesthood. They were not satisfied with their service and distinction among the people as Levites and they were ambitious for more power and influence. Inevitably, things did not go well for Korah and his followers:
Numbers 16:1-3, 8-10, 32-33NLT
1-3 One day Korah son of Izhar, a descendant of Kohath son of Levi, conspired with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth, from the tribe of Reuben. They incited a rebellion against Moses, along with 250 other leaders of the community, all prominent members of the assembly. They united against Moses and Aaron and said, “You have gone too far! The whole community of Israel has been set apart by the Lord, and he is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the Lord’s people?”
8-10 Then Moses spoke again to Korah: “Now listen, you Levites! Does it seem insignificant to you that the God of Israel has chosen you from among all the community of Israel to be near him so you can serve in the Lord’s Tabernacle and stand before the people to minister to them? Korah, he has already given this special ministry to you and your fellow Levites. Are you now demanding the priesthood as well?
32-33 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men, along with their households and all their followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned. So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel.
Proverbs 11:6 NLT
The godliness of good people rescues them;
the ambition of treacherous people traps them.
My goal is to learn to be humble. I have found that personal ambition can easily and often get in the way of the effective service of God. I want to learn the lesson taught through Korah. I have been given work to do in God’s service. I want to learn to be happy with my service and concentrate all my energy on what I am doing. Then, perhaps I won’t notice or have time to be envious of those who seem to be serving in positions of greater honour or responsibility.
Numbers 15:17-16:40, Mark 15:1-47, Psalms 54:1-7, Proverbs 11:5-6