After Dathan and Abiram challenged Moses’ leadership, he called them to a meeting but they rebuffed him: We will not go. Is it too little that you brought us up from a land flowing with milk and honey to put us to death in the wilderness…we will not go! And yet Moses persisted in trying to meet them: Moses arose and went to Dathan and Abiram…Why mention that Moses arose? The Ohr HaHayimconnects this to Proverbs 18:12 Before a downfall a man’s heart is proud, and before honor, humility.Dathan and Abiram were acting proudly but they were about to experience a literal downfall – the earth would swallow them. And Moses, who was acting with humility, was about to see his honour rise once more.