He wanted no more of the matter, and slipped out of the scene. Other onlookers merely smiled at what they considered an attempt by Moses to gain their sympathy by appearing pitifully pious.

"This is no time for a show, Moses!" Korah called out. "Stand up and explain why at least some of us shouldn't be priests in place of some of those who are now in service merely because it was your whim to put them there." Korah, a Levite, already had a high office, but he wanted an even higher office -- the priesthood that was given to Aaron. (Verses 8-11.)

Moses slowly came to his feet. Those who watched him couldn't know that God had just inspired him to know what to say. Ignoring Korah, Moses addressed Dathan and Abiram.

Moses Tries to Save Rebels

"Before you carry this matter further, let us discuss it in my tent," Moses said, thus giving them an opportunity to separate from Korah.

"There is no reason to talk with you," Dathan and Abiram replied. "We refuse to listen to your excuses for leading us from the good land of Egypt and into a desert where we are to die. Your only aim has plainly been to control the people, no matter what becomes of them.

Observations of those who operate in the spirit of Korah:
1. They are well liked, persuasive, have charisma and an anointing on their life (Similar to Absalom).
2. An irony is that many times what they say is accurate and sounds normal in the natural, but their underlying motives are wrong.
3. Most times they are spiritual in what they say but are often hyper-spiritual or have a religious spirit. This “spirituality” is a cover to cause
people to not question their motives, doctrine or methods.
4. They want others to submit to them but they are not willing to submit themselves to authority (i.e., husbands who expect wives to submit
but are not submitted themselves are hypocrites and abusive of scriptural teachings on submission).
5. They do not like change – they want to restore the old order of things.
6. They dislike organization charts. Some people claim they will only submit to the pastor, but not to delegated authority. If you can’t submit to delegated authority, you can’t submit to God.
7. They lack understanding of the workings of God.
8. They are discontent with their position.
Numbers 16:8-9 Then Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi: "Is it a small thing to you that the God of
Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the work of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to serve them; “
9. They are jealous: Korah apparently was jealous that Aaron held the position of high priest.
10. Although he has a lot of people in his corner, Moses reminds Korah and company they are really speaking against God.
Numbers 16:11 "Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against the Lord.”
11. They are critical of but not accountable