Korach – Parshah 38
Numbers 16:1 – 18:32
I Samuel 11:14-12:22
Num 16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
Num 16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
Korach was correct in wanting to set up worship according to The LORD’s instructions. He influenced 250 leaders that were willing to go to their death to see Korach be their leader. This it ‘the battle of firstborns’. Rueben was the first son born to Ya’cov via Leah. Ya’cov firstborn is at odds with our Creator who determines if firstborns are worthy. Cain was found unworthy and found to be the first murderer. Ruben is leading out yelling murder Moses and Aaron and they have stones in their hand. Moses (second born) and Aharon (a first born) fell on the faces seeking YHWH to resolve this rebellion over leadership.
Moses and Aharon then rose up and told all the people to choose. Move away from the area in which this evil spirit of rebellion lived. L’shanharah (evil speech) had spread through the camps just as L’shanharah spread through the heavens when Satan spread ‘evil speech’ about Elohim. One half of the created beings had believed ‘The Father of Lies’. And yet many angelic beings changed their minds. Free-will is seen in action as it was reduced to one-third decided to believe the ‘evil speech’ against The Creator of all.
Korach’s error was l’shanharrah. He encouraged the evil speech against God’s choice of Moses and Aharon’s line as priests. They were the sons of Levy.
Num 16:8 Then Moshe said to Korach, “Listen here, you sons of Levi!
Num 16:9 Is it for you a mere trifle that the God of Isra’el has separated you from the community of Isra’el to bring you close to himself, so that you can do the work in the tabernacle of Adonai and stand before the community serving them?
Yes, these families were also Levitate and thus priests to serve at the tabernacle.
It takes only one being that is not covered by the correct spirit to disrupt a group. The lessons are huge in the Parshah titled, Korach. Being bald or without covering of the right spirit is the key lesson. Evil speech leads to self-elevation. Korach means, bald, uncovered.
Korach did not care about who died for his cause. He was a Levite (son of Levi) but he was not in the line of Aharon, Moses’ brother. Priests serve people. Korach did not want to serve but be served. I Samuel is read at this same Parshah as it shows us correct leadership in the young Sh’aul before he was king. He led a battle but gave the LORD the credit.
1Sa 11:13 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for today the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel.
1Sa 11:14 Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there.
1Sa 11:15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
1Sa 12:18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.
1Sa 12:19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.
And, yes they both speak of a ‘donkey’…which ties them together as well. Where else do we hear of donkeys?
Yes, in two parshahs from now we will visit the lessons of Balaam of whom beats his donkey. This donkey will speak probably in Aramaic telling this prophet he had been saving his life when he could not see the sword of the angel that was about to kill him.
The prophet Balaam was also a man of whom elevated himself and chooses to disobey the LORD. He is told by ADONAI that Israel cannot be cursed since they are a blessed people. Thus, he instructs his employer King (little bird) Balak of Moab to assimilate instead of annihilate.
Today, our world assimilates into many religions causing The Torah (which include The Lord’s Feasts) to be annihilated. We rightfully so can visualize Yeshua with a sword drawn ready to cut us off.
Who was beaten three different times and made a fool of? Peter and the disciples also had swords in their hands to protect Yeshua many times.
Num 22:28 But Adonai enabled the donkey to speak, and it said to Bil`am, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”
Num 22:29 Bil`am said to the donkey, “It’s because you’ve been making a fool of me! I wish I had a sword in my hand; I would kill you on the spot!”
Num 22:30 The donkey said to Bil`am, “I’m your donkey, right? You’ve ridden me all your life, right? Have I ever treated you like this before?” “No,” he admitted.
Num 22:31 Then Adonai opened Bil`am’s eyes, so that he could see the angel of Adonai standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, and he bowed his head and fell on his face.
What did Moses and Aharon do when they wanted the LORD to change His mind? They fell on their faces.
Num 16:3 They assembled themselves against Moshe and Aharon and said to them, “You take too much on yourselves! After all, the entire community is holy, every one of them, and Adonai is among them. So why do you lift yourselves up above Adonai’s assembly?”
Num 16:4 When Moshe heard this he fell on his face.
What are people in leadership supposed to do when the entire community thinks they are corporately set apart to God and not the one anointed by ADONAI? This is mob rule known as democracy…the majority wants to be in charge…not the one elected by all the people to represent all public…yes, a republic.
At the time of this writing, I reviewed a wonderful dialogue on u tube called, Defending the Republic, People Bureau of Investigation of the people, by the people, for the people.
Exactly at the time of the lessons of Korach at the Fourth of July 2022 we are reminded of what a republic is. Our Creator is for the people, and He chooses to put righteous leaders with serving hearts in charge of us. Now I associate the word republic as representing the public. Yes, Representing the public. This is what our Creator desired. He used Moses and Aharon as reps for their public of people. Korach wanted to bring his 250 leaders in to take charge to dominate the people.
For this reason, ADONAI now sets up instructions for the public. The use of incense shows up several thousands of years later described as ‘prayers’ lifted up to God. Our Creator first experienced free-will in the heavens. That same free-will was given to even creators as we see with donkey who cooperate or don’t cooperate with their owners.
Free-Will is everywhere. The purposes of God can only be accomplished when man and beast are allowed to operate in free will. Socialism lends quickly to communism. The Korach Rebellion is about controlling people which leads them to death. It is hard to control large masses, so this system does not work. The only way to get it to work is to eliminate people. This goes against the Creator’s first instructions for everything is to produce after its own seed. Seed is not to mix and mingled. A seed should produce its own kind just as I look like my mother and my granddaughter can look similar to me in various ways. Humans beget humans and should not be having things put in them that altar who they are….
What is on our mind will come out our actions. This is the ‘mark’ that we are warned about. We are keeping our minds stayed on the ways of God. We are to renew our minds daily…studying Scripture to show ourselves approved workman of the LORD.
If we use Scripture wrong, we will be cut off. We cannot claim something that is opposite of what God says. He tells us that we can NOT know His ways and so don’t make your words be my words. We will be cast off my friends.
Yes, The Fourth of July in America is different in 2022. Twenty is the Hebrew letter Resh meaning ‘head’. We have moved into a generation of time where man has elevated himself to be the head of this world. Information travels very quickly and if people are not grounded in the first five books of the bible, they can be led by leadership that sounds right, but is not of the original standard God set up for mankind to follow. The Old Testament is not OLD but renews our mind because it sets the tone for what our entire earth should feel.
Going back to the number twenty meaning ‘head’ also aligns with Ya’cov finishing up twenty years with Laven so he can become the head of his family instead of staying in his idolatrous father-in-laws homeland. It is in the 21st year that Ya’cov leaves ‘the land of Laven’ to return home. He has four woman who have bore him eleven sons. The twelfth son is Binyamin born SEVEN years from his full brother Joseph. They will have ten years together until Yoseph is sold off by his half-brothers to the world (Egypt).
In 2014-2015 we have four total blood moon eclipse signaling a moment in time. Joseph was born year 14 with Laven. The next six years are very specific about working with the cattle and sheep and constantly having his wages changed ten times. For ten generations of 700 years our earth will act like Laven to its inhabitants. These were growing years for Ya’cov and they are growing years for each human that is born on this earth. Your struggles may seem like you cannot bear them, but Ya’cov felt just like you perhaps…even having wives always arguing about him. His kids will constantly be out of control because they show us what free-will is.
Yoseph is born in the 2nd Shemittah cycle. Thus, 2014-15 is a ‘second’ Shemittah cycle. Ya’cov leaves his family to care for sheep. Yeshua came to care for sheep in 14 AD. Yeshua hid away among his own family confirming the Torah in their lives…even observing the Lord’s Festivals…because they are celebrated in the heavens first.
Day One – Korah complained. A coo among 250 top leaders developed that decided Moses and Aharon would be stoned to death. Moses and Aharon fell on their faces before ADONAI…help..help. Even Ya’cov firstborn Rueben was involved….wow…jealousy continually breeds in families.
Day Two – Separate from Evil.
ADONAI was going to wipe them all out if it had not been for Moses and Aharon interceding for the people. Moses begs to not kill those that might change their mind. Elohim agrees to let the people choose to move away from the evil spirit that dwells over the leader’s homes. Even some in Korach’s own family move away from him. Don’t touch anything that is theirs. Give no ‘remembrance’ to them. Take no memorabilia of them. Take no assets / bootee from them. Because what they have could cause you to sin.
Even the ‘fire pans’ would not be kept by their families as a memorial. ADONAI took them and had them beaten flat and put ‘the ark’ as a covering to remind them of the ‘rebellious heart’ they had.
Day Three – People complain to Moses and Aharon, “You have killed our people.”
It was the final complaint that broke the camel’s back we could say as ‘a death plague breaks out with 14,700 dying before Aharon can get his fire pan to the center of the people to stand between the living and dead. Yes, Yeshua is the one that stands between spiritual life and spiritual death for us.
Aharon rod will bud to show God’s choice of leadership. It is carried in the ark for them to remember God chooses our leadership.
What is a generation? It can be many things. The number four is used again because it is a ‘marker’ or ‘entrance’ of time. Just like year 14 and our Tetrad in 2014 (Head of Aleph’s Entrance) it points to a period or generation of something.
I’m going to insert something I thought of for our generation of four years.
Year 1 – 2014 – Two Blood Moon
Year 2 – 2015 – Two Blood Moon
Year 3 – 2016 – Election Year
Year 4 – 2017 – Trumpet Blown – New leader with Republic values: DJ Trump.
Num 14:18 ‘Adonai is slow to anger, rich in grace, forgiving offenses and crimes; yet not exonerating the guilty, but causing the negative effects of the parents’ offenses to be experienced by their children and even by the third and fourth generations.’
Even chapter 14 speaks loudly to us being that number that open a door to revelation of how long a judgment can last. Fourteen – Yud (10) Dahlet (4). the strong hand of God on the door.
Numbers Chapter 14 tells the story of the Twelve who spied out the Land with TEN coming back fearful that ADONAI could NOT deliver them into the Land. Those TEN died immediately. The 250 leaders die immediately. Rebellion by leaders results in their immediately removal. The people will see plagues.
We see that ADONAI put up with this entire assembly TEN times before he removed 15,000 here at the Korach Rebellion in Numbers Chapter 16. 16: Aleph (1) Vav (6) man…God and man. Yes, ADONAI discusses with man. If falling on our face is not sincere, we will die early. After TEN rebellions…15,000 died: 14,700 + 250 leaders + Korach, Datan and Aviram community.
In Number 26 we see a census being taken and Reuben’s rebellion is remembered.
Num 26:5 [The census results begin with] Re’uven, the firstborn of Isra’el. The descendants of Re’uven were of Hanokh, the family of the Hanokhi; of Pallu, the family of the Pallu’i;
Num 26:6 of Hetzron, the family of the Hetzroni; and of Karmi the family of the Karmi.
Num 26:7 These were the the families of the Re’uveni; of them were counted 43,730.
Num 26:8 The sons of Pallu: Eli’av;
Num 26:9 and the sons of Eli’av: N’mu’el, Datan and Aviram. These are the same Datan and Aviram, men of reputation in the community, who rebelled against Moshe and Aharon in Korach’s group, when they rebelled against Adonai;
Num 26:10 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up together with Korach when that group died, and the fire consumed 250 men, and they became a warning sign.
Num 26:11 (However, the sons of Korach did not die.)
Eph 4:30 Don’t cause grief to God’s Ruach Ha Kodesh, for he has stamped you as his property until the day of final redemption.
Eph 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, violent assertiveness and slander, along with all spitefulness.
Eph 4:32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted; and forgive each other, just as in the Messiah God has also forgiven you.
Tit 3:1 Remind people to submit to the government and its officials, to obey them, to be ready to do any honorable kind of work,
Tit 3:2 to slander no one, to avoid quarreling, to be friendly, and to behave gently towards everyone.
We are in the days of Korach…days of testing. The people and their 250 leaders were asked to choose. The angels were asked to choose. The donkeys even could choose to help their owner live or let them die. Life is always about choice.
I listened to this torah portion explained by “Assembly of Called Out Believers’ twice. You can find them on U tube. He always gives how many mitzvot are given in the Parshah. Rabi Isaac speaks sincerely and is easy to listen to. Today he said there were nine mitzvot given in this Parshah reading. Six positive and 3 prohibitions.
18:3 The priest had their duties and the Levies had their duties. Neither could cross over and do each other’s duties. ADONAI has order to authority.
Guard the Temple (guard your body as it is God’s temple)
A non-priest may not do a priest’s responsibility.
A non-priest may not work at the temple.
Priests take charge of the holy things and the altar.
Unauthorized persons will die.
People will tithe to priests at tent.
Priests will tithe to ADONAI on what is given them.
No damaged animals
What do we see in this profile? We see our Creator lifted up and establishing authority leading to righteousness. We cannot bring sin into God’s spiritual kingdom. We must be pure and operating in Elohim’s system of righteousness.
Our Creator has established an order that can allow man to access holiness. We must become priests in order to enter the presence of God. We are to take care of what is holy to ADONAI. Since there is no earthly temple, we ourselves are now the temple where the Holy Spirit dwells. We guard God’s word… His instructions. His Torah should flow from our mouths. We MUST understand The Lord’s Festival and participle in them. We perhaps could conclude that they are our tithe. They are a portion of time that honors (gives back) what our Creator established for all our earth to observe.
When we do NOT observe The Lord’s Feasts which are part of The Torah, we negate them and put ourselves outside the camp of God. We should recognize the voice of the shepherd and when He calls us to function, we are to obey without complaint.
Yeshua’s blood sacrifice is seen through animals. They were seen as the substitute of what would come to the earth at 4000 years. Now we look to the Son of God… that final sacrifice of which we can only look back to it accepting it for our eternal salvation that is being worked out through this system.
Who will not enter heaven? Someone who has not guarded the temple? No… because there is no temple on the earth today. So, who can enter? Those who present to the world the righteous way of living on the earth through The Torah. We guard the Torah! Why? Because it proves The Son of God was the Seed, planted and did rise up. The Torah shows sin and it shows how to live a righteous life before a righteous Creator.
We are commanded to NEVER stop guarding the Torah.
We are to be redeemed through a blood sacrifice…seen through the blood of animals which came to fulfillment via Yeshua’s ministry at age 30, probably dying with resurrection at 27 – 29 AD.
Should we give 100 of ourselves as a tithe? These scriptures show us 110 percent. How can that happen? Because the Levite priests would tithe on the tithe. That makes 110 per cent of the original tithe.
11 – Hand’s lifted up like Moses holding back the waters. And Aharon and Joshua. God’s hand of power. Aleph, Aleph. A very powerful message. It is always ‘the hand of God’ that we need to give credit…we can do nothing ourselves.
Korach was wrong in trying to establish a democracy where mobs rule. We have a creator who establishes leadership that are to care about the people first…. it’s called representing the public. Moses, Aharon, Joshua cared about the public because they were God’s kids…sheep… being led astray by wolves.
We can NOT take a bribe. Korach’s followers were wanting leadership position when they were already established leaders by lineage.
Num 3:17 The names of the sons of Levi were Gershon, K’hat and M’rari.
Num 3:18 The names of the sons of Gershon were Livni and Shim`i; they fathered their respective clans;
Num 3:19 likewise the sons of K’hat—`Amram,Yitz’har, Hevron and `Uzi’el—
Num 3:20 and the sons of M’rari—Machli and Mushi. These fathered the clans of the L’vi’im.
All people standing there had a choice of which side they would stand. Even Korach wife and some of his own children did not side with him. We each get to choose. Choice and free-will is why we still see the Korach’s functioning even singing at the tabernacle. They wrote some books like Proverbs 31, Psalms 42, 44-49, 84, 85, 87, 88.
Rebellion is likened to witchcraft. Don’t rebel against God’s established leaders.
Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?
Psa 42:1 [For the leader. A maskil of the descendants of Korach] Just as a deer longs for running streams, God, I long for you.
Psa 42:2 I am thirsty for God, for the living God! When can I come and appear before God?
Psa 42:3 My tears are my food, day and night, while all day people ask me, “Where is your God?”
Psa 42:4 I recall, as my feelings well up within me, how I’d go with the crowd to the house of God, with sounds of joy and praise from the throngs observing the festival.
Psa 42:5 My soul, why are you so downcast? Why are you groaning inside me? Hope in God, since I will praise him again for the salvation that comes from his presence.
Psa 42:6 My God, when I feel so downcast, I remind myself of you from the land of Yarden, from the peaks of Hermon, from the hill Mizar.
Psa 42:7 Deep is calling to deep at the thunder of your waterfalls; all your surging rapids and waves are sweeping over me.
Psa 42:8 By day Adonai commands his grace, and at night his song is with me as a prayer to the God of my life.
Psa 42:9 I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, under pressure by the enemy?
Psa 42:10 My adversaries’ taunts make me feel as if my bones were crushed, as they ask me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’ ”
Psa 42:11 My soul, why are you so downcast? Why are you groaning inside me? Hope in God, since I will praise him again for being my Savior and God.
Rev 4:9 And whenever the living beings give glory, honor and thanks to the One sitting on the throne, to the One who lives forever and ever,
Rev 4:10 the twenty-four elders fall down before the One sitting on the throne, who lives forever and ever, and worship him. They throw their crowns in front of the throne and say,
Rev 4:11 “You are worthy, Adonai Eloheinu, to have glory, honor and power, because you created all things—yes, because of your will they were created and came into being!”
And yes again, as Yeshua had arranged to ride on the colt (male) of a donkey in order to fulfill Scripture. Yeshua is relating to his servanthood first which then qualified his God-kingship. Riding on a horse chariot looking to be on fire darting in any direction by just a thought.
Rev 5:8 When he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down in front of the Lamb. Each one held a harp and gold bowls filled with pieces of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people;
Rev 5:9 and they sang a new song, “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals; because you were slaughtered; at the cost of blood you ransomed for God persons from every tribe, language, people and nation.
Rev 5:10 You made them into a kingdom for God to rule, cohanim to serve him; and they will rule over the earth.”
Rev 5:11 Then I looked, and I heard the sound of a vast number of angels—thousands and thousands, millions and millions! They were all around the throne, the living beings and the elders;
Rev 5:12 and they shouted out, “Worthy is the slaughtered Lamb to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and praise!”
Rev 5:13 And I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth and on the sea—yes, everything in them—saying, “To the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb belong praise, honor, glory and power forever and ever!”
Rev 5:14 The four living beings said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.