Talks for Growing Christians
Another Sin of the Wilderness: Rebellion
Lesson Number 20
- The sin of contempt results from rebellion in the human heart.
- The sin of contempt results in severe discipline from the Lord.
- Accept the position that God has given you.
- Who were Korah and his companions rebelling against?
- Why are the false teachers of Jude 11 likened to the rebellion of Korah?
- Review the Tree of Pride which depicts the Sins of the Wilderness.
- What did the rebels accuse Moses of doing?
- How did Moses seek to show that he and Aaron had divine authority?
- Did the Lord accept the offering of Korah and his companions?
- They were rebelling against God by rebelling against the authority structure He had set up in Moses and Aaron.
- The rebellion of Korah was a rebellion against God’s authority, just as the false teachers in the early church.
- - The Branch of Discontent has Leaves of Complaining – Numbers 11
- The Branch of Jealousy has Leaves of Criticism – Numbers 12
- The Branch of Unbelief has Leaves of Compromise – Numbers 13-14
- The Branch of Rebellion has Leaves of Contempt- Numbers 16
- They accused Him of blinding the people to the truth, and acting like a prince over them.
- He proposed a test in which Korah and his companions would present burning incense in censers to the Lord, a function of the priests. The Lord Himself would show who the true priests were.
- No, He intended to strike them dead because of their rebellion and presumption.
- Discuss what it means to show contempt for someone. Why would the sin of contempt come from a rebellious heart? Discuss the authority structures God has placed in your life. Are you showing proper respect to these authorities?
- Discuss how Moses and Aaron are types of Christ as they intercede for the people. Aaron as High Priest is a type of Christ as our High Priest. Moses as mediator is a type of Christ as the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).
- God had given Korah and the other Levites an honorable position in Israel. But Korah was unsatisfied with the position God had given him. What positions has God given you- in your family, your work, your ministry? Are you filling these positions to the best of your abilities and thankfully serving Him?
- “Is it a small thing to you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel?” Numbers 16:9
- “Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against the LORD.” Numbers 16:11
- “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” 1 Samuel 15:23