People have rebelled against authority for centuries. Reasons range from jealousy to a general dislike for taking orders from someone else. Korah was a Levite as was Aaron, but Aaron and his sons made up the priesthood. Dathan and Abiram were of the tribe of Reuben. Jealousy in the hearts of Korah, Dathan and Abiram caused them to rise up against Moses and Aaron. They along with two hundred fifty other leaders rose up and stated, “You take too much upon yourselves…Why do you exalt yourselves…?”
Faced with that intense opposition to their leadership, Moses and Aaron conferred with God and in the end, the earth opened up and swallowed the three men, their families and all that pertained to them. Fire consumed the other two hundred fifty rebels and there were no more problems with the people.
WRONG!! The very next day the congregation of the children of Israel complained again saying, “You have killed the people of the Lord.” After God had finished punishing the people for that outburst, fourteen thousand seven hundred more of them had died from the plague.
In a show of support for Aaron’s authority, God commanded that the leaders of each tribe bring their rod with their name on it. The rod that had buds on it the next morning would denote God’s choice for leadership. Aaron’s rod had not only budded, but it had blossoms and ripe almonds on it. That rod was placed in the ark of the Covenant/Testimony as a reminder of Aaron’s authority.