“Who do they think they are?” Korah said amidst the
affirming nods of Abiram and Datham. “The Lord can speak through any of
us” he continued.
Tamuno heaved a sigh of distress from where she was
peeping into the yard where the men were discussing. With immense
trouble in her heart, she continued her cooking. The evening was just
like every other evening except for the fact that her husband’s friends
came around and she had to make more portions of pottage. In her
thirty five years of marriage, Tamuno had grown to love her husband.
She however knew he had his excesses, one of which was rebellion against
husband as soon he returned to the house after seeing his friends
off. “And what is that supposed to mean?” he retorted angrily
getting on the defensive. “Can’t I have my friends visit again?
This is my house not yours remember?” he said as he pushed her
aside and made his way to the room. “Don’t do this against Moses
and Aaron. They are God’s elect!” she screamed after him but he was
confirmed. Her husband was plotting to challenge Moses and Aaron. She
was not surprised because he had always been like that. She
remembered how he stood up to the slave masters on several occasions
refusing to do the portion of work allocated to him while they were
slaves in Egypt. She had somehow hoped that fatherhood will change
him but it seemed to make him even more defiant. This, however, was no
ordinary stunt. It was against God’s messengers; Aaron and Moses.
She feared for her life and of what will become of her and her
necessarily because of love but because he was very industrious and
could provide for his family. Now, she dreaded the possible
consequences if Korah pursued his intention. As she lay beside her
husband that night, she said sobbing “I don’t want to perish; I need
you to stop talking about Moses with contempt.” With sleepy eyes, he
responded “I know what I am doing, go to sleep”
husband from which all of Israel fled like a plague, she knew her fear
had come upon her. While her bawas still crying to be fed, she
felt the ground open beneath her and darkness!