44 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.
46 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the Lord; the plague is begun.
47 And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.
48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.
-Because of the people’s sin and rebellion, the Lord sent a plague to consume them. Let verses 47-48 paint the picture in your mind as this scene plays out. The plague is moving over the people and as it passes, it leaves dead bodies in its wake. It pushes deeper and deeper into the crowd and 14,700 have already fallen. (Numbers 16:49) But Aaron stands in the path of the oncoming death with an offering, an atonement that appeases the Lord and ends the plague. What a beautiful picture of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of all of our sin and rebellion, the Lord sent a curse that brings death and hell upon each of us. But Jesus stood in the path of the oncoming death with an offering, an atonement that appeases the Lord. But Jesus went a little further; Jesus let death overtake Him so that “he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil“. (Hebrews 2:14)