16They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.
17The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan and covered the company of Abiram.
18And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.
God hates the sin of pride, as well as its sister sin, envy! If you will remember the story to which the writer is referring you will recall that several of the Levites under the leadership of Korah, On, Dathan and Abiram rose up against Moses.
1Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
2And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
3And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? (Numbers 16:1-3, King James Version)
God called for the children of Israel to separate themselves from the tents of those who rose up against Moses. In His anger, God caused the earth to split apart, swallowing those who led the rebellion against Moses, and then closing it up again.
Unfortunately, we are so accustomed to seeing pride and envy in others as well as ourselves, that we do not think it such a grievous sin at all, However, pride and envy is at the root of every rebellion. What we fail to realize is that our pride any envy is really against God Himself. We are disgruntled because He did not give the talents, wisdom, or wealth to us that He has given to others.
In the case of Dathan and Abiram, before the day was over, 14,700 people besides those of the families of Dathan and Abiram died. So the rebellion fostered by the envy of just a few spread quickly throughout the entire camp, causing the ultimate death of thousands.
Sadly, do we not see the same thing in our day? Often the most grievous contentions exist between professing believers in Christ. How will the lost ever come to Christ when they see such bitter hatred and envy in God's church? What is at the root of the contentions? Almost always, the root of the problem is envy and pride.
Let us, this day, lift up our hearts to the Lord, and pray for peace among believers. Let us also pray that God would root out the sins of pride and envy from our own hearts. Rather than look about us and covet the things of our neighbors, may we instead look to God, praising Him for the great things He has done for us and given to us.
May we be busy working for the Lord Jesus Christ using the talents and gifts He has given to us to build up His church and advance His kingdom on this earth.
How wonderful heaven will be, And, perhaps one of the greatest miracles of all is that, in heaven, everyone will get along! There will be no envy or pride in the Kingdom of God.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!
God Bless You,