Thursday, June 22, 2017

Parashah Korach (Korah) Bamidbar (Numbers) 16:1- 18:32

Korach (Korah)

Bamidbar (Numbers) 16:1- 18:32

This weeks Parashah is almost offensive to G-d fearing readers, but also a powerful reminder of our weaknesses, that we should always keep ourselves in check, continually reminding ourselves of who HaShem is, studying His scriptures and building relationship with Him with fear and honor towards HaShem. 

In Bamidbar 16:9 & 10, I could imagine Moshe in disbelief, and almost sarcastically reminding Korah of the blessing and favorable position HaShem had given him - now pride had entered his heart, as written:

9.   “Is it a small thing to you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the work of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to serve them;
10.   “and that He has brought you near to Himself, you and all your brethren, the sons of Levi, with you? And are you seeking the priesthood also?

Already the similarity of Lucifer's position in heaven, when pride entered his heart, and he no longer saw the anointing upon his life favorably, but desired another anointing that he was not created for, nor could he handle (Ezekiel 28:14). 

In his deception Korah deceives others, leaders, and fellow Israelites that his course is just, saying such things to Moshe and Aaron as: “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?” (16:3)

Korah must have forgotten that their state of Holiness is as a result of their leaders (Moshe and Aaron) obedience and favor before HaShem. Once again Korah not only wrestled with his own rebellious heart but decided to deceive others around, as Lucifer did (2 Peter 2:4), and we will see happen again with the anti-Christ (Revelations 13:14).

There are many times in scripture when people look at other peoples gifts and blessing, loosing focus of what HaShem has given them, such as with the story of Cain killing Abel (Genesis 4:1-8), this leads to jealously and eventually destroys them.

When we loose focus of our salvation, what HaShem has done for us, His love for us, His gifts and anointing given us - we too fall away, follow paths of others even if they are ridiculous (like worshipping gold idols) or destructive. Humanity hasn't changed and well according to scripture with the anti-christ, it will never totally change :(

In order for HaShem to judge Korah and his follower, Moshe instructed in 16:17-18

17.   “Let each take his censer and put incense in it, and each of you bring his censer before the LORD, two hundred and fifty censers; both you and Aaron, each with his censer.”
18    So every man took his censer, put fire in it, laid incense on it, and stood at the door of the tabernacle of meeting with Moses and Aaron.

I find it interesting that He would even require such a thing to happen - does He do this so everyone can see their sin in a tangible way, why did HaShem require the censer, after all He can see everything even Korah's heart is seen by HaShem (Jeremiah 17:10).

It appears that the out working, or the seen is as important even though the heart and motive is already known to HaShem - I wonder where this thought could take us??? No wonder why David said to HaShem, "Let my prayer be set before You as incense", (Psalms 141:2). To have a pleasing sent before HaShem is evidence of our heart, our motive and our surrender to Him. In reverse we read that faith without works is dead (James 2:20), we have the acts of sacrifices in the Mishkan, when really HaShem could just see our heart and act accordingly. Is this HaShems way of allowing us see our own heart, for our own understand, be it in a positive or negative light. If our heart is deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9), our mind is not to be trusted (2 Corinthians 10:5) perhaps our reasoning in regards to HaShem's actions or judgement can only be understood through our own experiencing of our actions, be it in one way or another.

Graeme Politanski

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