Monday, December 6, 2010

Bible Notes: Num 16:12-14

Talk about spinning a story! Dathan and Abiram accuse Moses with … Well, just read it straight, and I’ll explain it.

“Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you must also make yourself a prince over us? Moreover, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey …”

These lines reek with untruths:
  • They look with fondness back on Egypt? They were in slavery, and a miserable slavery at that! (See Exodus 1-14.)
  • Moses was there to kill them? Moses, by means of his intervention with the Lord on a few occasions, was the instrument of their continued survival!
  • Moses wanted to make himself prince? Moses preferred not to be the sole leader! (See Num 11:11-15,29; 12:3.)
  • Moses hadn’t delivered on the promise of a land flowing with milk and honey? Well, that was true, but that wasn’t his fault. That was the people’s fault! They were the ones who refused to go into the Promised Land when the spies brought back an unfavorable report.

2 comments:

dean said...

Leadership can be lonely at times.

Kent S said...

Yup.

On another note: Dean, welcome back to the comment section of the blog!