13 July 2009

250 burned alive for burning incense

In his last killing, God showed whose side he's on by opening up the ground and burying alive the leaders that opposed Moses (along with their families). And it made quite an impression on everyone.
All Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. Numbers 16.34
But they were safe, at least for the moment, because God had his mind on other victims.

Remember Moses' original plan for dealing with Korah's rebellion? He told him and his associates to burn incense before the Lord and let God choose who is holy.
This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company; And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy. 16.6-7
But then God came up with the burying alive thing and the censer-swinging, prayer contest was put on hold.
In the meantime, 250 of Korah's followers did as Moses asked and burned some incense. So God burned them all alive to teach them a lesson or something. (If you do what he says he'll burn you to death?)
There came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense. 16.35
At least I don't have to guess the number of victims this time.

God's next killing: 14,700 killed for complaining about God's killings

5 comments:

busterggi said...

Don't obey Yahweh, he kills you.

Obey Yahwe, he still kills you.

Just can't win with Yahweh.

matt311 said...

Does that mean you just can't lose without Yahweh? If so, I'm in!

I Am said...

I guess this would be classified under collateral damage. It wasn't the fault of those 250 people, but when Yahweh's angry, people must die.

busterggi and matt311, your comments reminded me of a quote by Norm from the show Cheers.

"Women, you can't live with them...pass the beer nuts."

So why should we bother to try to do out what Yahweh wants if he might kill us anyway?

Yahweh, you can't live with him... pass the beer nuts.

wombat said...

I wonder what kind of incense it was. Smelly? May be its a typo, should be incest. thats it, mystery solved. Its INCEST. They got toasted because they were burningwith incest.

jeremiah x said...

Moses told them to burn incense just as Moses and Aaron did, and let God decide who should prevail. The basic idea was "ok, you do what we do and we'll see who Yahweh decides is right."

Korah and his followers weren't killed for burning incense. They were killed for rebelling against God's chosen leader, and therefore, rebelling against God himself.

Yahweh brought the Israelites out of Egypt only days before. His intention was to make them into a pure and godly nation. Being God, he could (and still can) decide who should be included or not. There are hundreds of warnings throughout the bible that the wicked will be punished. This is simply the earliest example.

Talk about completely missing the point. But I suspect you intentionally overlook the obvious logic to suit your godless purpose.