Why would a community that has seen the glorious presence of God still complain about their current experience? Why would they treat God and His appointed, Moses and Aaron, with contempt? God who dwells among them and provides for their needs is an obvious presence…an overpowering presence. Many of them saw what God did to the Egyptians, the parting of the Red Sea and still, they have the gull to mutter complain against Moses and Aaron who were the appointed mouthpiece of God. The reason is they are stubborn.
Rebelling against God’s anointed is really a rebellion against God Himself. Why were the Israelites so stubborn then is beyond comprehension. I cannot believe how they cannot have faith in the God who delivered them out of Egypt. They were really pushing God to annihilate them. Why? What led them to become like that?”
Numbers 16:19, “Meanwhile, Korah had stirred up the entire community against Moses and Aaron, and they all gathered at the Tabernacle entrance. Then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to the whole community.”
Further to this, the Israelites started to complain again the day after God destroyed the primary rebels mentioned in this chapter. They were sinning against God and the whole community was siding and sympathizing with the rebels. They saw God not as a deliverer but as a new taskmaster. And Moses and Aaron as foremen. Was that trauma from the slavery they suffered in the hands of the Egyptians? Did they not realize that God delivered them out so that He can give them a better life?