There are no shortcuts to holding a position of authority in God’s kingdom. People who try to take shortcuts to greatness will not prosper in the end. Just as Aaron and Moses are examples of how God and Yeshua interact with each other, Korah is an example of the “spirit of antichrist” (1John 4:3).
Jealousy vs. contentment. Covetousness vs. peace. Humility vs. pride. This continual battle against short-sighted self-will and trust in the LORD’s over-the-horizon view underlies the rebellion against Aharon (Aaron), God’s anointed, led by Korakh (Korah) in this week’s reading — קֹרַח Korakh, Leviticus 16–18.
This foreshadows the rebellion against the ultimate of God’s Anointed, Yeshua the Mashiakh (Jesus).
The Torah reading קֹרַח Korakh/Korach is a study in what it means to rebel against God and opens a window into the destructive power of antichrist.
The betrayal by Korakh (Korah) against Aharon (Aaron) mirrors the rejection of Yeshua the Mashiakh (Jesus) by leaders of Yisrael (Israel) at in the first century A.D. We can see a foreshadowing of Yeshua’s grace through Aharon’s reaction to the rebellion.
- What is the situation in this chapter?
- From the people’s perspective, who were doing the actions and calling the shots?
- Who else beside Moshe (Moses) and Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus) could speak and death would come?
- What are the two challenges in this chapter?
- Why is the challenge between Korakh and Aaron significant? Who is “holy unto the LORD’?
- Is the challenge similar to the predicted challenge between Messiah and anti-Messiah?
- Between Miriam and Aharon on one side and Moshe on the other?
- How did Aharon “make atonement” for the the people to stop the plague? What is the incense for?
- How is Aharon’s action similar to Messiah’s? Who does Moshe represent in this incident?
- How is this symbolism of Moshe and Aharon similar what we see in the 10 plagues in Mitzraim (Egypt)?
- Where does Moshe’s power to open the earth come from?
- What was Peter’s greatest miracle?
- Why did the whole family of Korah die for his rebellion?
- Do children need baptism before adulthood to protect them?
- What about the instruction in the Torah to execute a rebellious child (Deuteronomy 21:18–23)?
- Are rebellious teenagers doomed to destruction?
- Do they know the difference between right and wrong?
- How does the Bible passage “I can kill and make alive again” (2nd Kings 5:7) affect popular culture’s view that God warrants wanton destruction of the innocent?
- How does the prophecy of the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37 help us understand this dilemma better?
- What will happen to those who die or are killed while in rebellion or apart from God at the resurrection?
- Is a rebellious person evil?
- What are “sins that lead to death” that we read about in apostle Yochanan’s (John’s) writings?
- What does the Psalm of the Sons of Korah (Psalm 84) tell us about the tragic impact of Korah’s rebellion?
- What does a “young man dying to save him from the trouble that is coming” have to do with the deaths of the women and children of the rebellious and wicked?