Have you ever seen a five-year-old stamp her foot and declare, “No! I will not”?
Whether it is parents in a family, political heads of a country, executive officers in a business enterprise or captains of ships like the Bounty, challenges to leadership come with the territory. Part of effective parenting is to help your children understand that you hear their challenges and may even sympathize with aspects of their mini-rebellions and then to restore calmness and order. Similarly, even statesmen like Winston Churchill engaged in saving their countries have to divert energy to deflect political assaults meant to unseat them. Likewise, business professionals who have risen to success are accustomed to boardroom battles during which they are baselessly charged with every imaginable offense. As Captain Bligh discovered, sometimes one has no alternative but to split the enterprise and lead the loyalists to survival. Experienced leaders expect these kinds of challenges and respond to them calmly and decisively.
It is thus no surprise at all that the Israelites rebelled against Moses. They did so frequently. Consider this particular occasion:
And Korach…took upon himself to rise up against Moses, together with two hundred and fifty Israelites…They ganged up against Moses and Aaron
and said to them, “You have gone too far…”