On Sunday, July 27, Rev. Louis R. Blakey, Jr., pastor of New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia concluded his series from the book of Numbers about the Israelites in the wilderness on their way to the promised land. Today's sermon was titled "Standing on the Edge of Disaster" based on Numbers 16:41-50. A previous sermon was "Standing on the Edge of Greatness."
At this time of being in the wilderness, people had grown weary in the camp and dissension had started, and they had begun to point fingers and blaming others especially Moses and Aaron. They had a big problem because they did not have a relationship with God. We were created to have a relationship with God and with others.
The pastor pointed out three areas surrounding the people's dissension and the reason they were on the edge of disaster: rebellion, response, and rescue.
Even though the people grumbled against Moses, they were rebellious not against Moses but against God. Korah was the main one who was complaining. Therefore, God told the people not to be around Korah, According to Numbers 16: 31, "The ground under them split apart, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions. They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community." Rebellion causes death.
God told Moses to tell Aaron to put incense in a censer and go through the camp to make atonement for the people. Aaron responded by being the go between the living and the dead. The plague stopped but not before 14,700 people died from the plague in addition to those who died because of Korah. Despite the rebellion and the response, there still was a rescue through Aaron.
Jesus became our rescue when He died on the cross to make atonement for us. Never again will we be separated from God. Jesus blood gives us hope when we are on the edge of disaster. Because of his blood we can come back from the edge of disaster.