Pastor Ron Roddey
"What You Sow..."
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
Sunday Evening, October 16, 2011
Numbers Chapter 16
16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi,
and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth,
sons of Reuben, took men:
16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of
Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the
congregation, men of renown:
16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against
Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the
congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them:
wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?
16:4 And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:
16:5 And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to
morrow the LORD will show who are his, and who is holy; and will cause
him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to
come near unto him.
16:6 This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;
16:7 And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to
morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall
be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.
16:8 And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:
16:9 Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath
separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to
himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand
before the congregation to minister unto them?
16:10 And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the
sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also?
16:11 For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered
together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against
16:12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which
said, We will not come up:
16:13 Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land
that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except
thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?
16:14 Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with
milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt
thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.
16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou
their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt
one of them.
16:16 And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the
LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow:
16:17 And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring
ye before the LORD every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers;
thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer.
16:18 And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid
incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the
congregation with Moses and Aaron.
16:19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door
of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD
appeared unto all the congregation.
16:20 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
16:21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may
consume them in a moment.
16:22 And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the
spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all
16:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
16:24 Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the
tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
16:25 And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders
of Israel followed him.
16:26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you,
from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye
be consumed in all their sins.
16:27 So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram,
on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of
their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.
16:28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to
do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.
16:29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be
visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me.
16:30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth,
and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down
quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have
provoked the LORD.
16:31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these
words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:
16:32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their
houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their
16:33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the
pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the
16:34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them:
for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.
16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two
hundred and fifty men that offered incense.
16:36 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
16:37 Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up
the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for
they are hallowed.
16:38 The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them
make them broad plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered
them before the LORD, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a
sign unto the children of Israel.
16:39 And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, wherewith they
that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a
covering of the altar:
16:40 To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger,
which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the
LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to
him by the hand of Moses.
16:41 But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel
murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the
people of the LORD.
16:42 And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against
Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the
congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the
16:43 And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the
16:44 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
16:45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them
as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.
16:46 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein
from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the
congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone
out from the LORD; the plague is begun.
16:47 And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the
congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he
put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.
16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was
16:49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven
hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.
16:50 And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of
the congregation: and the plague was stayed.