Earth Swallowed Up Korah And His Rebels

Earth Swallowed Up Korah And His Rebels

Numbers 16

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PARTICIPANTS

Narrator
Moses
Korah
Voice (of God) Stand to one side, read slowly and loudly.

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults that want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

SCRIPT

Narrator

Let’s see how God foiled a plot that could have ruined His plans for Israel, in Numbers 16.

Narrator

Korah rose up against Moses with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, men of renown with a defiant complaint.

Korah

Moses, why do you exalt yourselves above us? Aaron, we can enter God’s presence with sacred incense, too. Hear me, both of you! I can lead these people as well as you two! Moses and Aaron, you go too far.

Prompter & Companions

Yeah! You go too far!

Moses

Listen, Korah. Tomorrow the Lord will show which one of us He chooses to lead. Take censers, put fire in them, and lay incense on it in the presence of the Lord. Also, Aaron with his loyal priests shall bring their censers with fire and incense.

Narrator

The next morning they all took their censers, laid incense on the fire, and stood at the doorway of the tent of meeting, with Moses and Aaron. The glory of the Lord appeared to the people, and the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron.

Voice

Move away from among the congregation of Israel, so that I may consume them.

Moses

O God of all flesh, when one man sins, will You be angry with the entire congregation?

Voice

Then tell the people to get back from around the dwellings of Korah and his followers.

Moses

Hear me, people of Israel, get away from the dwellings of Korah and his followers. Now, if the Lord brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up, then you will understand that these men have spurned the Lord.

Korah

The earth is shaking! Oh no! No! The ground is splitting open!

Prompter & Companions

Stand back!

Narrator

The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men who followed Korah!  Then it closed over them and they all perished. All who were nearby fled in terror.

Voice

No man who is not of the descendants of Aaron will come near Me to burn incense, or he will become like Korah and his company.

DISCUSS

Ambitious power-seekers often challenge godly leaders. What are recent examples of power-seekers who challenged godly leaders?

What are some dangers of challenging God’s authority that has been delegated to godly leaders?

What other persons in the Old Testament challenged God’s anointed leaders?

(Possible answers: Nadab and Abihu, Absalom, Jeroboam, Pharisees and Sadducees?)

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