Cain, Balaam, and Korah


          In illustrating the perverseness of spiritual dreamers, the inspired penman writes of the examples of Cain (Genesis 4), Balaam (Numbers 22-24), and Korah (Numbers 16) in Jude 11. He writes, “Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.”

          Before considering each apostate dreamer individually, focus for a moment on what exactly it was that these irreverent, ungodly men sought to change so to deserve the spiritual infamy they are given by God in His word.

          It ought to be most sobering to note the following:

  • Cain sought to be a change agent of God’s authorized worship.
  • Balaam sought to be a change agent of God’s revealed will.
  • Korah sought to be a change agent of God’s authorized leaders of His people.

          Rather than reverencing God, His august holiness, His universal sovereignty, and His immense glory like the archangel Michael (see Jude 9), change agents have no fear of attacking God’s authorized worship, His revealed will, and His clear instructions on who has been delegated the authority to be leaders of His people.

           Twenty centuries later, change agents are still behaving like they did in Jude’s day. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

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