The children of Israel had failed to go into the Promised Land. As a result, all of the men twenty years old and older who had been numbered among the armies of Israel would die in the wilderness. The children of Israel rejected the land that God had given to them! And, if that was not enough, they turned around and rejected the leader that God had sent to bring them out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Led by the Levite Korach and the Reubenites Dathan, Abiram, and On, the leaders of the children of Israel sought to overthrow both Moses and Aaron.
As we examine this rejection of God’s anointed leaders, we will see the number three pop up repeatedly starting with the three sons of Reuben, the oldest son of Jacob, leading the revolt. This challenge is not just against Moses in his role of prophet, priest, and king; it is against the future Messiah and the role Messiah will play. The three days over which this incident occurs can be compared to the rejection of Yeshua over the three days covering His death, burial and resurrection. Throughout this incident, the LORD will show who is His.