The consequences of rebelling against God’s Leaders: After God directed the Israelites back to the wilderness for forty years because of their unbelief, disobedience and lack of trust in God, we see that a group of Israelites resisted this tough directive. Some of the Levites became disgruntled with Moses’ leadership. Korah, one of the Levites, led a disastrous insurrection along with two-hundred and fifty leaders and representatives of the congregation who all died when the earth parted itself and swallowed them up (Num 16:1-40).
The lesson learned through this incident is that there are dire consequences for rebelling against God’s anointed leaders. Our leaders deserve our respect and support, even during trying times. We must not take part in a rebellion or gossip slander against God’s anointed leaders. Rather, we should follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ (Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42; Heb 5:8) and Apostle Paul (1Co 16:7) and consider them as our examples of submission to authority. Jesus Christ is our best example of submission to God the Father’s will (Matthew 26:39, 42), and following Christ requires our submission to Him (Luke 14:27). It is God who has created lines of authority for harmonious relationships (1 Corinthians 11:2-16), and ultimately we all need to submit to God alone (James 4:7-10).