Seek to Be a Qualified Shepherd
The rebellion was well-planned and widespread: the entire nation, three religious leaders, and 250 famous princes against the two shepherds whom God had appointed—Moses and Aaron.
In response to the rebellion, God acted supernaturally. First, He opened up the ground and swallowed the three rebels and all the princes who followed them. Then, He sent a plague that killed 14,700 people. (See Numbers 16.) These signs proved to the children of Israel that God had sent Moses to be their shepherd. (See Numbers 16:28.) Later, God established Aaron’s leadership in the eyes of the people by causing Aaron’s rod to bud, blossom, and bring forth fruit. (See Numbers 17:6–8.)
Throughout history God has called and confirmed those who are to be His spiritual leaders.