“And he spoke to the congregation, saying, ‘Depart now from the tents of these wicked men! Touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins ‘.” – Numbers 16:26
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It’s one thing to get caught up in your own sins, but it’s an entirely different thing to suffer consequences because of someone else’s wrongdoing. Nobody wants that for the!selves or others. We see a prime example in the account of the rebellion against Moses and Aaron.
Korah, Dathan, and Abiram “gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, ‘You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?’” (Numbers 16:3). They rose up against the men who God had chosen.
That’s where they were mistaken. Moses and Aaron didn’t exalt themselves above the people, God had exalted them. Remember, Moses didn’t even want to be the chosen one to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt (Exodus 4:13). He begged God to pick someone else.
Korah, Dathan, and Abiram were sinning in the eyes of the Lord because they had rose up against the men that He had appointed. They were, essentially, rebelling against God. So the Lord provided Moses instructions for the people to get away from the tents of the three men.
The Lord then caused the ground to split open and swallow them up, “with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods” ( Numbers 16:32). We have an important lesson to learn from this occurrence.
God doesn’t want us to be anywhere near sin or those who are openly and rebelliously sinning against Him. Remember Psalm 1:1? The man is blessed who does not stand in the path of sinners. Conversely, the man is cursed who does stand in the path of sinners.
Moses said it this way, “Depart now from the tents of these wicked men! Touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins” (Numbers 16:26). We need to stay away from other people’s sins and not get involved in them in any way. Otherwise, we’ll become consumed with them. Everyone around Korah, Dathan, and Abiram perished because of their sin. Sin has trickle effects. Unfortunately, it can affect our families and friends without us ever intending them, too.
That’s why we need to stay vigilant and stay away from other people’s sins, so that we won’t get caught up in them and suffer consequences for someone else’s behaviors. It’s not cool to hang with the wrong crowd. It can be detrimental and even fatal.
Let’s be like the man in Psalm 1:1 – blessed, not standing in the way of sinners, and let’s heed the warning that Moses gave to the children of Israel. Let’s stay away from those who are not carrying out God’s will. For what fellowship does light have with darkness, anyway?
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