Moses must have had a premonition of what was coming, so he called upon God to make a visible choice between him and these men who were the representatives of the complainers.
We have to see God as the Head of His creation—He rules over and governs everything. What is He looking for on earth? He is looking for people who will submit to that rule—once they recognize where the real power and authority in the creation resides. He is looking for people who will submit to it voluntarily, of their own free will—people who will consciously choose to submit to the rule, the way, of God.
These men were not like this. All they saw was Moses, and that he seemed to have a lot of authority.
John W. Ritenbaugh
Submitting (Part 2)
He was dodging the lightning bolt that he thought would come to strike these men down! That is the import of the words they said against him and Aaron.
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
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