Parashah Studies

קֹרַח

Korach

which means "Korah (bald)"

Numbers 16:1 - 18:32; 1 Samuel 11:14 - 12:22; Acts 5:1-11


 

Num 16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, took both Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben;

Num 16:2 even they rose up before Moses with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty rulers of the assembly, elect men in the congregation, men who were well-known.

Num 16:3 And they gathered themselves against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, You take too much upon you, since all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and HaShem is among them. Why then do you lift yourselves up above the congregation of HaShem?

 

Don't go too far!

 

Don't take too much upon you.

You've gone too far!

 

Don't go too far in the wrong direction

The farther you go, the harder it is to get back.

 

Be careful how you lift yourself up.

 

3Jn 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

 

Pro 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

 

Korach's rebellion stemmed from selfishness, jealousy, anger, envy and pride.

 

Selfishness brings self destruction

 

The two greatest mitzvot are to love Eloheem and to love people.

When we loose sight of that, we loose out all together.

 

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim. Because you have rejected the word of HaShem, he has also rejected you from being king.”

Num 16:19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And the glory of HaShem appeared to all the congregation.

 

Keep your focus

Korach could not see very well. Cranky Korach had bad eye sight. He could not see HaShem. He could not see the picture of what was going on clearly.

Korach could not see or perceive reality.

Corrupted vision and thinking produces corrupted decisions, speaking and actions which result in corruption.

Foolish vision and thinking produces foolish decisions, speaking and actions which result in foolishness.

Dark vision and thinking produces dark decisions, speaking and actions which result in darkness.

 

Most people want to look cool.

Most people want to be liked.

 

We don't need "sun" glasses.

We need "son" glasses.

We need "God" glasses.

 

Sometimes we are missing the practical, because we are looking too hard for the profound.

Sometimes we are missing God, because we are looking too hard for the glory.

Sometimes we are missing the blessings, because we are looking too hard for the blessings and we are not looking to be a blessing.

 

Keep your computer / mind clean

Col 3:1 If then you have been raised up with Messiah, keep seeing the things above, where Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on Earth.

2Co 10:5 We are tearing down arguments and every high thing lifting up itself against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to the obedience of Messiah,

Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think on these things.

 

Where you think is where you'll sink.

Thoughts lead to actions.

Thoughts affect feelings and emotions.

There is strength in what you think.

 

Watch out for weeds

Weeds will grow almost anywhere.

If a weed grows, don't water it.

Pull it up, throw it out and cast it down

 

You can't stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can keep it from landing and building a nest.

 

The issues of life start from the heart

Prov 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Prov 23:7 for as he thinks in his heart, so is he;

Php 3:8 Indeed, I count all to be loss because of the superiority in knowing Messiah Yeshua as my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and consider them but refuse so that I may gain Messiah,

Php 3:9 and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own out of Torah, but that which is through faith in Messiah, the righteousness which comes from God upon faith,

Php 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

 

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