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February 18 - Evening

"Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab,and On son of Peleth—became insolent and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”...As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions. They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!”
And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense."

- Numbers 16:1-3; 31-35

Rebellion for the Priesthood and for the Leadership

This rebellion against Aaron’s rightful priesthood was led by a Levite name Korah who came from the same tribe (Levi) and the same clan (Kohath) as Aaron and Moses. Aaron and Moses came from the family of Kohath’s son Amram, while Korah came from the family of Kohath's son and Amram’s brother, Izhar. This made Korah a cousin of Moses and Aaron.  Korah and his clan, the Kohathites, were responsible for the movement and the setup of the furniture and the Tabernacle (Numbers 3:28-32; 4:1), which meant they had already been given a very specific, honorable and important role in the community to serve among the priests.
The clan of Kohath camped on the south side of the tabernacle (Numbers 3:29) as did the tribe of Rueben (Numbers 2:10-16).  This may explain why “certain Reubenites” named Dathan, Abiram and On became leaders in Korah’s rebellion against his cousins. Joining Korah and the Reubenites were 250 other “well-known community leaders” who came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron. It seems Korah was after the priesthood of his cousin Aaron. While the tribe of Rueben, the first born son of Jacob and rightful tribe of leadership in Israel, was after Moses’ position of leadership.
Korah’s complaint: “Moses had gone too far! The whole community is holy, and the Lord is with them. Why do Moses and Aaron set themselves above the Lord’s assembly?”  This accusation made Moses very angry and he rebuked them in Numbers 16:8-11.
Likewise, the Ruebenites accuse Moses of failing as a leader because he had taken them out of "a land flowing with milk and honey" (or, Egypt) "to kill them in the wilderness" (40 years of wandering was Moses’ future plans for the camp) (Numbers 16:13). Plus, Moses had failed to deliver on his promise to lead them into a land flowing with milk and honey (the land of Canaan) where their inheritance could have been gained! (Numbers 16:14) When Moses sent for the Ruebenites they refused to appear before Moses.
Moses knew full well that a violation of the priesthood, the offering of strange incense or a failure to follow the rigid ritual regulations would result in the Lord’s anger breaking out against the violator just as it had when Nadab and Abihu offered the wrong incense. So, Moses told Korah and his followers to do exactly what they wanted to do: get a censer, put incense in it and go up to the entrance of the Tabernacle.  When Korah and his rebels arrived with their censers, the Lord appeared and told Moses and Aaron to move away from the Tabernacle court yard and to move away from the south side of the Tabernacle where the camps of the tribe of Reuben and Korah were.
Moses had the people separate themselves from south side of the Tabernacle and Moses presents as a sign the unlikely event of the earth opening up and swallowing the tents and the families of the rebels. This event would be a sign of Moses' authority from God. (Numbers 16:28-30)
When Moses finished speaking the ground did exactly that. It split open, swallowed the rebel’s camp and closed up over them. At the same time, in the Tabernacle court yard, fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed Korah’s 250 men with their unlawful censers and incense.
Problem solved?  No! Moses’ calling and Aaron’s priesthood justified in the eyes of the remaining people? No!
“The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron…the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron…” (Numbers 16:39-49)
Why would anyone want Moses’ job?
Prosopolempsia (Gr) – Show Favoritism Eng) - prosopolempsia is a compound Greek word that means “respect of persons” or “partiality” in James 2:1; 2:9 and Romans 2:11. Prosopolempsia comes from the two Greek words prosopon meaning “face” and the verb lamban meaning “receive. Together prosopon-lambano (or, “face”-“receive”) literally mean “receiving of face.” In the ancient near east this expression meant “favoritism,” since to judge and receive someone by only looking at the face was an indication of showing partiality.
Do I rebel against established leadership?
Am I content with what the Lord has given me and what he has designed for me?
I will be content and I will respect what the Lord has established.

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Inside Hezekiah's Tunnel (details) (
The general location of the Garden of Gethsemane on a map of today's Old City Jerusalem.

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“To serve God is nothing else than to maintain and preserve justice by good works.” - Lactantius

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Here is an online walking tour of the Temple Mount (or, Al-Haram Al-Sharif) in Jerusalem:

Here’s a Fact

The fact that Jesus is a historical figured is confirmed by the fact that Jesus is mentioned in the writings of Josephus in 70-90 AD:
"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeare them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct to this day." (Antiquities 18.3.3) (Details)

At another place Josephus writes: "...a man named James, the brother of Jesus who was called the Christ."  (Antiquities XX. 9. 1)

Since neither of these is quoted by early Christians until 324 AD it may have been added to Josephus' work by Christians. Most scholars think that, at least, the core, or the nucleus, of the quote is authentic.


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- Proverbs 184

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Numbers 3:28-32
New International Version (NIV)
28 The number of all the males a month old or more was 8,600. The Kohathites were responsible for the care of the sanctuary. 29 The Kohathite clans were to camp on the south side of the tabernacle. 30 The leader of the families of the Kohathite clans was Elizaphan son of Uzziel. 31 They were responsible for the care of the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, the articles of the sanctuary used in ministering, the curtain, and everything related to their use. 32 The chief leader of the Levites was Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest. He was appointed over those who were responsible for the care of the sanctuary.
Numbers 4:1
New International Version (NIV)
The Kohathites
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron:
Numbers 3:29
New International Version (NIV)
29 The Kohathite clans were to camp on the south side of the tabernacle.
Numbers 2:10-16
New International Version (NIV)
10 On the south will be the divisions of the camp of Reuben under their standard. The leader of the people of Reuben is Elizur son of Shedeur. 11 His division numbers 46,500.
12 The tribe of Simeon will camp next to them. The leader of the people of Simeon is Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai. 13 His division numbers 59,300.
14 The tribe of Gad will be next. The leader of the people of Gad is Eliasaph son of Deuel. 15 His division numbers 45,650.
16 All the men assigned to the camp of Reuben, according to their divisions, number 151,450. They will set out second.
Numbers 16:8-11
New International Version (NIV)
Moses also said to Korah, “Now listen, you Levites! Isn’t it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the Lord’s tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them? 10 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too. 11 It is against the Lord that you and all your followers have banded together. Who is Aaron that you should grumble against him?”
Numbers 16:13-14
New International Version (NIV)
13 Isn’t it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness? And now you also want to lord it over us! 14 Moreover, you haven’t brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Do you want to treat these men like slaves? No, we will not come!”
Numbers 16:13-14
New International Version (NIV)
13 Isn’t it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness? And now you also want to lord it over us! 14 Moreover, you haven’t brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Do you want to treat these men like slaves? No, we will not come!”
Leviticus 10
New International Version (NIV)
The Death of Nadab and Abihu
10 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said:
“‘Among those who approach me     I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people     I will be honored.’”
Aaron remained silent.
Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel, and said to them, “Come here; carry your cousins outside the camp, away from the front of the sanctuary.” So they came and carried them, still in their tunics, outside the camp, as Moses ordered.
Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not let your hair become unkempt and do not tear your clothes, or you will die and the Lord will be angry with the whole community. But your relatives, all the Israelites, may mourn for those the Lord has destroyed by fire. Do not leave the entrance to the tent of meeting or you will die, because the Lord’s anointing oil is on you.” So they did as Moses said.
Then the Lord said to Aaron, “You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, 10 so that you can distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, 11 and so you can teach the Israelites all the decrees the Lord has given them through Moses.”
12 Moses said to Aaron and his remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, “Take the grain offering left over from the food offerings prepared without yeast and presented to the Lord and eat it beside the altar, for it is most holy. 13 Eat it in the sanctuary area, because it is your share and your sons’ share of the food offerings presented to the Lord; for so I have been commanded. 14 But you and your sons and your daughters may eat the breast that was waved and the thigh that was presented. Eat them in a ceremonially clean place; they have been given to you and your children as your share of the Israelites’ fellowship offerings. 15 The thigh that was presented and the breast that was waved must be brought with the fat portions of the food offerings, to be waved before the Lord as a wave offering. This will be the perpetual share for you and your children, as the Lord has commanded.”
16 When Moses inquired about the goat of the sin offering and found that it had been burned up, he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s remaining sons, and asked, 17 “Why didn’t you eat the sin offering in the sanctuary area? It is most holy; it was given to you to take away the guilt of the community by making atonement for them before the Lord. 18 Since its blood was not taken into the Holy Place, you should have eaten the goat in the sanctuary area, as I commanded.”
19 Aaron replied to Moses, “Today they sacrificed their sin offering and their burnt offering before the Lord, but such things as this have happened to me. Would the Lord have been pleased if I had eaten the sin offering today?” 20 When Moses heard this, he was satisfied.
Leviticus 18
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Unlawful Sexual Relations
18 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God. You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the Lord your God. Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the Lord.
“‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Lord.
“‘Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.
“‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife; that would dishonor your father.
“‘Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.
10 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; that would dishonor you.
11 “‘Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father; she is your sister.
12 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister; she is your father’s close relative.
13 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, because she is your mother’s close relative.
14 “‘Do not dishonor your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.
15 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife; do not have relations with her.
16 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife; that would dishonor your brother.
17 “‘Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.
18 “‘Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.
19 “‘Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.
20 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife and defile yourself with her.
21 “‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.
22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
23 “‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.
24 “‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. 25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26 But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the foreigners residing among you must not do any of these detestable things, 27 for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. 28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
29 “‘Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people. 30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the Lord your God.’”

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