Numbers 16:28-34 (ANIV)
28 Then Moses said, “This is how you will know that the Lord has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 29 If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 But if the Lord brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the grave , then you will know that these men have treated the Lord with contempt.”
31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah’s men and all their possessions. 33 They went down alive into the grave, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!”
Hebrew, Sheol; also in Numbers 16:33.
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in Bible. I have set this scene at about mid day. Immediately following the previous scene.
The sun (high overhead) illuminates this scene.
In the foreground Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi (wearing yellow & blue fringed outer robe) is disappearing into the ground. There are various members of his household (& the households of Dathan, Abiram & On) young & old alike, disappearing into the hold in the earth. Korah’s wife (first seen standing next to him in Scene 06) is gripping his arm & screaming.
Above the chasm, on the right hand side we can see Moses (in pale blue outer robe), Aaron (in brown outer robe) & Joshua, son of Nun (in green scarf & turban).
There are two un-named Hebrew people on the left, looking into the hole.
There is a little boy falling on the right, and his teddy bear is falling with him.
There are two versions of this scene:
01) (Previous page) Numbers 16 – Korah’s rebellion – Scene 07 – Ground swallows the rebels (Version 01). This version is an aerial view of the hole that is swallowing up the rebels.
02) (This page) Numbers 16 – Korah’s rebellion – Scene 07 – Ground swallows the rebels (Version 02). This version is set inside the hole in the earth, looking up at Moses and others.
This is an action picture & the focal scene of this whole set of Bible Cartoons, showing Korah, his associates and family suddenly falling into a huge hole that opened up below their feet.
Notice that Moses, Aaron & Joshua are the small figures in the top right hand side of the picture, peeping over the edge of the chasm at Korah and the others.
It was rather sad to include the little boy & his teddy bear falling into the gapping hole, but the scriptures clearly state that the families of the rebels also fell into the hole in the earth.
Interestingly, Numbers chp 26 verse 11 states that, “The line of Korah, however, did not die out.” This would mean that not every close relative of Korah’s was swallowed up by the earth as a consequence of his sin.
Here’s the scene without the figures
Numbers 16 – Korah’s rebellion – Scene 07 – Ground swallows the rebels – Landscape
this is the initial rough pencil sketch for this scene.
Numbers 16 – Korah’s rebellion – Scene 07 – Ground swallows the rebels – greyscale