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).
Continue reading Parashat Korach (קרח): Numbers 16–18
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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?