Don't you find it interesting when Scripture provides God's evaluation of an individual then compares it to other people's assessment of the same person? The most memorable may be Job and his friends. God declares Job to be a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns from evil. Job's friends assumed he was anything but that.
We have a similar situation with Moses and his "friends," Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Numbers 12:3 just told us Moses was the meekest man on the face of the earth., while they are accusing Moses of exalting himself above the entire nation. Makes me wonder how often my evaluation of others is the opposite of God's.
Lord God, may I agree with You in all things. Please, may my evaluation of people match Yours. I know from reading Hebrews 11 as You list the faithful, I tend to remember their weakness as I read, but You don't. I remember Abraham and Sarah and their relationship with Hagar, but You don't mention that. Thank You for seeing them and me through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. May I do the same with Your children.
I rejoice every time I read Numbers 16:5. The last sentence causes me to worship. "The one whom he chooses he will bring near to him." Isn't that exactly what Jesus says in John 6:37-40, "All that the Father gives me will come to me...I should lose nothing of all that he has given me...everyone who looks on the Son and believes...should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day". WOO-WHOO!!
Numbers 16:8-11 is an unsettling passage to me. Is it not obvious to be discontent with your position in the service of God is wrong? Much less envious of others because of where God has placed them. Moses says God has brought these men near to himself, yet they are dissatisfied. In verse 11, Moses wants them to know they are grumbling against God not against Aaron. Numbers 16:30 says these men weren't just envious or grumblers, but they despised the LORD.
Don't the first five words of verse 41 blow your mind? "But on the next day, all the congregation of the people of Israel grumbled...". How quick we are to forget what the LORD says and does, but after what just happened, this is asinine. Moses truly loved the people of Israel, didn't he? How many times did God threaten to destroy the entire nation of Israel? It is the same number of times Moses interceded for the people!
In Ezekiel 22, a similar situation in the nation of Israel occurs, but there was no one like Moses in that day. Ezekiel 22:30-31 says, "And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I will return their way upon their heads, declares the Lord GOD."
In Romans 9:1-3, Paul expresses a similar concern for his "kinsmen according to the flesh." His concern for the nation of Israel is so great that he says "I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers." Am I as concerned for the spiritual well-being of those in my life?
Moses and Paul were exceptional men, but are we not all called to the same thing? Am I not to love my neighbor as myself? What would be the proper response when I see the ones I love facing the wrath of God?
Lord GOD, Thank You for the true and better Moses and Paul. Your Son stepped into the breach for me. May I have the faith and courage to do the same for those you have given me.