The day after God destroyed Korah and the other rebellion leaders, the people began to complain. They complained that Moses and Aaron killed them. Now I get confused sometimes, but I’m pretty sure God killed them, not Moses and Aaron!! When the Lord heard the people complaining, he told Moses and Aaron to get away from the people so He could destroy them. Once again the people were being disrespectful of their leaders and doubting God. God began punishing the people with a plague.
When Moses saw the plague beginning he told Aaron to take a censer with incense and make atonement for them. Atonement basically means a covering. In this case Aaron was performing a ritual to “cover” or get forgiveness for the people’s sin. (In those days the priests helped you show you were sorry, but since Jesus came we can just pray for ourselves!) Aaron took the censer out into the congregation and stood between those who had died and those who were still living. 14,700 people died that day.
Sin brings death, but forgiveness stops death. Aren’t you grateful that we have the opportunity to seek forgiveness? Without forgiveness, we would all be doomed to eternity separated from God. But because He loves us, He offers us the opportunity to be forgiven. But, we must choose to ask for it. God gives us a choice to be forgiven or live in sin. We must decide. Is there anything you need to seek forgiveness for?
Research online what a censer looks like. Draw a picture or even make one out of a box or other craft materials. Remind your kids that today we don’t have to go through the rituals, we can just pray to God anytime because Jesus made the sacrifice for us already!