The Israelites begin to have factions that speak against Moses, disobey his authority, and complain constantly rather than being thankful. Even after seeing the ground swallow many, people continue to murmur and many again die from plague. In Colossians, we are reminded to endure and forgive each just as Christ endures and forgives us.
"Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them that they should make themselves fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the fringe of each border a cord of blue:
and it shall be to you for a fringe, that you may look on it, and remember all the commandments of Yahweh, and do them; and that you not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to play the prostitute;
that you may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God.
But if Yahweh make a new thing, and the ground open its mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain to them, and they go down alive into Sheol; then you shall understand that these men have despised Yahweh."
It happened, as he made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground split apart that was under them;
and the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who appertained to Korah, and all their goods.
So they, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into Sheol: and the earth closed on them, and they perished from among the assembly.
All Israel that were around them fled at the cry of them; for they said, "Lest the earth swallow us up!"
Fire came forth from Yahweh, and devoured the two hundred fifty men who offered the incense.
But on the next day all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, "You have killed Yahweh's people!"
It happened, when the congregation was assembled against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the Tent of Meeting: and behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of Yahweh appeared.
Moses and Aaron came to the front of the Tent of Meeting.
"Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment!" They fell on their faces.
Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer, and put fire from off the altar in it, and lay incense on it, and carry it quickly to the congregation, and make atonement for them; for wrath has gone out from Yahweh! The plague has begun."
Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and behold, the plague has begun among the people: and he put on the incense, and made atonement for the people.
He stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.
Now those who died by the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides those who died about the matter of Korah.
Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry;
for which things' sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.
You also once walked in those, when you lived in them;
but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth.
Don't lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings,
and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator,
Put on therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance;
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.
Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection.
And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
What was done to the man who was working on the sabbath gathering sticks?
On the fringe of their garments, what color of chord was to be sown and what purpose was the chord color to serve?
The group of Israelites that lived in the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram began to disobey and complain about Moses. What happened to the ground under their tents and to their 250 representatives?
After the ground split and the 250 burned, the people then accused Moses of killing God's people. God was furious. Did Moses still try to save the people who were speaking against Moses?
From each of the 12 tribes, a representative, brought forth a staff/rod with the father of the tribe's name inscribed upon it. What happened to one of the rods?
What things are we to extract and keep out of our lives? The wrath of God comes on the _______?
Are we to endure one another and forgive each other as Christ has forgiven us?
In just some of our work or in all of our work, should we do the minimum or our best?