Envy and Pride … The Roots of Rebellion, Loren Abraham


From the Desk of Loren Abraham

Parashat “Korah” is the thirty-eighth weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Parashat Korach teaches us about the root cause of rebellion against God's Torah (commandments), His chosen leaders, and His High Priest (Messiah).

Korah and his collaborators accuse Moses and Aaron of taking too much upon themselves to setting themselves up as authorities and withholding access to God from the people. Outwardly they seemed to be speaking truth, saying that all the people, the entire community, were holy, but inwardly their motivation was greed, jealousy, and a hunger for power and influence, both from a political as well as a religious standpoint.

Coming directly on the heels of the unfavorable report of the 10 spies, Korach and his gang took advantage of the people's discontent that had resulted from their disobedience and God's judgment that this entire generation should die in the wilderness because they refused to go in and take possession of the land promised to the descendants of Abraham. They used this discontent to foment a rejection of Moses' and Aaron's authority and leadership. Moses astutely chose to let them demonstrate that they were indeed able to minister in the tabernacle as priests by inviting them to bring fire and incense to the Tent of Meeting. Apparently, they had forgotten about the fate of Nadab and Abihu when they had done something similar.

How does this point to Messiah Yeshua? When we remember Moses’ prophecy that God would raise up another prophet like unto himself from the people who would speak for Him, and according to the Apostle Peter, "everyone who does not listen to Him will be utterly destroyed from His people." In saying this, Peter was connecting those who had rejected Yeshua to the uprising of Korah and his band of rebels, whom God punished by causing the earth to open up and swallow them. In our day, this lesson stands as a vivid warning against those who bring false accusations and slander against God's chosen servants and those who attempt to nullify His commandments, His Torah. Today, Korah’s rebellion is indeed alive in our society and in all those who seek to silence and cancel the Christian Church … the Body of Messiah.

How should we then Live in light of this warning? The answer is to respond the way the Apostle Paul did when he wrote: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Pray for all those in authority, that they may come to know the only one who can save us from ourselves ... Yeshua. We should never stop following Him, or praising Him, and thanking Him, and we should never, never deny Him before anyone. AMEN!

Blessings and Shalom,

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