May 14, 2007

Breadcrumb: Kill the man, save the coal

I mentioned that in Num. 16:35, God sends a fire to kill the 250 followers of Korah. However, though God obviously doesn't care about the people, he does care about the censers they brought with them and the coals within the censers. God asserts that they are both holy, and commands Eleazar (Aaron's son and a priest) to scatter the fire and to beat the censers into gold plates and use them to cover the altar as a reminder that no one but Aaron's sons may approach the tabernacle. (Num. 16:36-40) I suppose this shows where God's priorities lay.

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