Numbers 16 stands out in reading the bible. It contains the story of Korah’s rebellion. It always makes an interesting study. However, what follows his rebellion is also very instructive for us. It seems Korah, a Levite who shared the privilege of serving in the tabernacle, recruited some supporters from the tribe of Reuben. They were Dathan and Abiram, who then incited 250 of the most prominent leaders from the twelve tribes to challenge Moses & Aaron. There may have been a lot more supporters of the rebellion because God wanted to destroy the whole nation in response to it. But Moses and Aaron interceded for them and God limited His judgment to just the rebels and their families. Immediately following, there is another rebellion. 16:41 says, “the next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.’You have killed the Lord’s people,’ they said.” It’s interesting that the people blamed Moses and Aaron for the fate of Korah & his followers. God then tells Moses in 45, “get away from this community so I can put an end to them.” But again Moses intercedes on behalf of those who rebelled against him.

It struck me how Moses is a type of Christ, who, while being nailed to the cross interceded for the very people crucifying him. “Father, forgive them…” Jesus prayed. There is not model for leadership better than Jesus, and Moses was one of the greatest leaders of the world also. Maybe this is one of the true keys to successful leadership; pray for those who oppose you!