First posted May 19th, 2011:

Numbers 16… a chapter I read a lot when my husband was in the band. Reading it again as a cross reference to 2 Timothy 2 about being cautious to stay away from deceptive leaders and teachers.

It’s known as Korah’s rebellion. There were three other men who stood against Moses and Aaron’s leadership. They were Dathan, Abiram, and On. When God confirmed His choice of Moses and Aaron as His people’s leaders, however, On was missing from the picture. He is not preached on, but he definitely has a story to tell and for us to learn from.

Korah incited a rebellion against his leaders. I believe it was to claim the leadership power for himself. Dathan, Abiram, and On joined him. They convinced 250 leaders (Levites) that they were all holy and deserved to lead as Moses and Aaron did. You can read the details of the consequences of their decision, but On is not included in their demise. Sometime between the four men stading against Moses and Aaron and God’s confirmation, On changed his mind and made a good choice. Because of his change of heart (and mind), his family was spared and his name was cleared as one who stood in rebellion against God’s leadership. (As least as far as we read now.)

The 250 leaders decision to silently stand with the rebels (and not even speak their doubts or concerns) is a good reminder that silence is a form of agreement. If you have a concern about something a leader is doing (especially something that could be an afront to God) speak up!

We definitely worship a God of second chances! Doing this study (using David Guzik’s insightful commentary on http://www.blueletterbible.com) was like eating steak! Sometimes we get comfortable just drinking carnation instant breakfast for a meal… which is really just milk with some nutrients added in like vitamins. In Hebrews 5:14, it says, “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

I am not mature. I am maturing. I cannot eat steak for every meal, but I no longer only drink milk. It is refreshing to find myself longing for and rejoicing in challenging lessons from Scripture rather than just wanting to read things that directly apply to me and my circumstances (mothering, keeping house, teaching, etc). It’s also encouraging to realize we can ALL learn from the Word and all God teaches.

I LOVE treasure hunts and adventures. God is all about that. He hid Mr. On in the Bible long, long ago, in part so that I might stumble upon him, admire him as a hero, and learn that one good decision can affect our entire family’s lives. What we decide affects everyone in our lives.

On made a bad choice to rebel. On changed his heart and mind. On and his family lived.

Be like On.

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