The Earth Swallowed them up

Posted by Matt Lane on July 24th, 2008 filed in Bible, Bible Reading

How many bad science fiction moves have you seen that have the ground swallow up people who are unwittingly standing at the spot where the earth seems hungry?  Or even the TV shows that have the earth open up and expose this huge chasm and people fall into this deep, dark abyss. Well that is exactly what plays out in Numbers chapter 16.  The nation of Israel is in typical fashion doing their roller coaster way of obeying God.  In verse 28-30 Moses basically says that if the LORD didn’t send him, nothing will happen to anyone.  But if the LORD did send him, he will get them:

Numbers 16:30

And then it happened:

Numbers 16:31-35

Hungry earth and fire from the LORD.  You can’t make this stuff up.  If someone made a movie out of that it would be a “B” grade movie and totally unbelievable.

Believe it.

And you want to know that saddest part?  Verse 41

Numbers 16:41

THE VERY NEXT DAY!  These people had a death wish.

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3 Responses to “The Earth Swallowed them up”

  1. Jeff Says:

    My people ARE idiots. But since you read my blog, you know I don’t like other people pointing it out all the time! 🙂

  2. Steve Jones Says:

    Wow is Numbers 16 what happened in Haiti with a new and different president.

  3. Matt Says:

    It is uncanny how modern day events mimic biblical stories. However, you won’t catch me saying that God is punishing Haiti for making a pack with the devil or any other craziness that is floating around. Debating such things is helpful to few. That being said, NOTHING happens outside of God’s control. The fun part is finding spots for the hellish things that happen on earth and for God’s sovereignty. They both must fit.

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