Choose Life – “Edward G. Robinson Says Goodbye” – An Uplifting Verse from the OYB reading of the day – March 11

Scripture:  Numbers 16:31-33   NASB    “Edward G. Robinson Says Goodbye”

“As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open; and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions. So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.  Numbers 16:31-33


Moses laid out the rules for an unintentional sin in Numbers 15:30-31.  Then the Lord says that anyone who sins intentionally, “defiantly,” will be “cut off from his people” (v. 30).  You would have thought by this point that the people would realize whatever God said is what He meant.  But no, a man defiantly picked up sticks on the Sabbath, violating one of the commandments.  He was offed (v. 36).  You would have thought that would get through to them.

But no-ooooooo.  They still didn’t get it.  Korah thought it’d be a good idea to rebel against Moses and Yahweh.  So he and many others who rebelled, along with their families, were swallowed up by the earth (vv. 31 -33).  Two hundred and fifty of the leaders were smoked directly by God (v. 35).  Here is a clip from the Ten Commandments movie showing Edward G. Robinson aka Dathan rebelling.  (Dathan was one of Korah’s stooges along with Abiram inNum. 16:27.)

Aren’t you glad that God usually doesn’t work in this fashion today?  However, the Scripture is still clear that we reap what we sow (cf. Gal. 6:9; 2 Cor. 9:6).  There are consequences for our actions, even on earth.

What are you sowing these days?  Are you sowing bad things?  Bad things will happen as a result. If you sow good things, bad things may still happen but you will reap your rewards in eternity (cf. 1 Pet. 3:17; 4:19).  Don’t be rotten to the Korah.  Sow good.



If you are, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!


Fun Application:   Think of something good you can sow today.  Can you make a donation to a Christian organization?  Surprise someone in their mailbox with a gift card or a treat?  The most fun way to sow something good is to do it secretly.


The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:  One Bad Apple Do Spoil the Whole Bunch, Girl!

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