The Rebellion of Korah


          “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” (Jude 11).

          The words and actions which brought about the death of the change agent Korah are found in Numbers 16. With 250 followers, Korah with Dathan and Abiram accused Moses and Aaron of being presumptuous, self-promoting elites. “You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?” (Numbers 16:3).

          The rebellion of Korah arises in a heart puffed up with an overestimation of self and one’s importance.

          The rebellion of Korah is fueled by the horrific spiritual malady called envy.

          The rebellion of Korah seeks to overtly reject God’s inherent right to structure the leadership of His people as He wishes.

          The rebellion of Korah presumes to create a religion void of obedience to God’s authority and His expressed will.

          The rebellion of Korah aims to satisfy a lover of himself with a form of godliness while denying its power and rejecting true godliness which is profitable in all things.

          The rebellion of Korah has no working knowledge of the seriousness of the sin of presumption.

          The rebellion of Korah ended most abruptly: “the ground split apart under them, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. So, they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly” (Numbers 16:31-33).

          Beware of the rebellion of Korah.

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