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Having just been chastened to wander the wilderness for 40 years after their faithless refusal to attack and conquer the promised land (Numbers 14), the Israelites may have been susceptible to following other leaders with the hope of bettering their luck (compare Numbers 14:4). Not only do the efforts described here fail, but they also cost many lives. There is at least one lesson we can learn. It is the need for discipline. Korah directed 250 worship leaders to rebel against Moses and Aaron. Who were these worship leaders? They were Levites, assistants to the priests. But God said that Aaron and sons were the priests alone. No one else. However, Korah appeared to think Levites should get to be priests as well. Moses let God decide. After meeting at the appointed place, the worship center, the ground cracked open and swallowed Korah and the other top leaders! Korah, along with Dathan and Abiram, rebel against the Lord (Numbers 16:11), but not against Him alone but also against their own lives (Numbers 16:38). See also Hebrews 10:31 (KJV). I memorized the book of Jude, and Jude 11 says regarding a warning about false teachers, “Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” “Core” is “Korah.” “Gainsaying” signifies “rebellion” (NIV), “to say against, to oppose in word and actions, to rebel.” Compare Paul’s farewell message to the Ephesian elders (Acts 20:28-31), warning about proud people who would try to become the authorities in the church and promote themselves. Jesus said much the same thing: “15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Is it not likely that more churches have suffered a church split due to arrogant leadership rather than by false teaching? See the big picture in Jude, recalling that "Core" is "Korah": Three Stages of Apostasy Jude 11 1 The Way of Cain, the Self-righteous—Natural apostasy—opposed to Christ, the Way 2 The Error of Balaam, the Self-interested—Sacrificial apostasy—opposed to Christ the Truth 3 The Gainsaying of Core, the Self-willed—Ecclesiastical apostasy—opposed to Christ the Life The end of those who Go in the way of Cain—is to be banished, like Cain Gen. 4:14,16 Run greedily after the error of Balaam—is to be admonished, like Balaam 2 Pet. 2:16 Follow in the gainsaying of Core—is to be punished, like Korah Num. 16:32
Korahs rebellion to modern day Christians teaches us to NEVER challenge or dishonor the authority of God. It is the will of God that those whom God has put over us that we should submit to them and do what they say in the Lord. Rebellion against the people God has appointed over us is rebellion against God. And as in the times of Korah Gods wrath will be upon you and those who support your rebellion. It's better to learn to be like Jesus who said am humble and gentle in the spirit which will help us to be submissive to authorities that God has put in charge of us. Blessings good people.
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