Moses level of intimacy with God was such that sometimes only a few words were needed between them and even in the tone that they were uttered, Moses understood the ramifications behind them. For instance when Moses came under leadership challenge for his authority and subsequently at his request for actions performed by God, when He destroyed the upstarts, namely: Korah, Dathan and Abiram, this should have been an end to the entire issue right? Squash the rebellion at the root: but no, the very next morning, (talk about bacchanal), the entire tribe of Israel developed a buzz in their bonnet against Moses saying, “Ye have killed the people of the Lord” (Numbers 16:41)
Lord have mercy, this attack against the man of God made God really angry, and Moses was able to recognize this, “And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the Glory of the Lord appeared” (Numbers 16:42).
This is awesome revelation of friendship with God, (who justifies you in ministry?) go on with your bad self and take up a rage against God’s friend. The results might not be so pleasant to you especially when He does warn us about that critical and complaining spirit. God said to Moses, “Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment” (Numbers 16:45). (Quiet Music playing now) “The plague is begun” (Numbers 16:46). No other words needed: Moses heard and he understood the importance of and the level of God’s anger. This was a slow-moving tsunami of punishment….Death and mayhem.
Beloved, be a friend of God; know His emotions, learn intimacy and a deeper form of communication with Him; listen when He says stop or slow down or even, NO. He does at times say yes, so know the nuances….