So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly. (Numbers 16:33)
After all is considered, Korah’s rebellion amounted to an unwillingness to believe Moses. By his actions, he didn’t believe that God had visited him in the wilderness and dispatched him to return to Egypt. He didn’t believe that God had appointed him to lead the people out of Egypt in spite of the many signs and wonders. Why he wouldn’t believe this is any one’s guess but — and this is the point — his attempt to replace those God had chosen was indicative of his unbelief.
We see this same hard-heartedness later when Yeshua was going about the countryside doing good and demonstrating that the Almighty had sent Him. At one point he said to those who resisted Him, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him” (John 10:37-38). In other words, shouldn’t the signs and the works being done speak for themselves? The problem, it turns out, was that they didn’t believe Him because, in reality, they didn’t trust Moses either — the very one they claimed to believe. In a previous exchange He said, “If you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, for he wrote of me” (John 5:36).
If one truly believes what God is saying and doing, they will act accordingly. A person can say all day long that they believe in God and His Word but until they act upon what is written, it is no more than lip service. In short, belief, or faith if you prefer, is more than just a mental assent to something — it requires us to act. In fact, the Hebrew word for “faith” (אמונה emunah) is derived from this word — אמן Amen or “so be it.”
Let’s put this way: when someone hears the Word of the LORD and is compelled to say, “Amen,” they are confessing that they have heard and are now going to take action, i.e. “So be it.” So then, let’s not just pay lip service to our God, let’s be those who put His Word into action as an expression of our sincere belief and faith.
Blessings and Shalom,