This post is Day 15 in a series of studies about “Jude”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Jude – Day 15
What was the rebellion of Korah? He was from the priestly tribe of Levi, and he reminds us of many politicians of our day. Things were not going as he expected, so he complained. A few others agreed with him and before they knew it, there was a rebellion beginning.
Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.
We ask ourselves today, “what was Korah’s rebellion?” Jude obviously knew the scriptures, and expected most of his readers to know them too.
Korah was from the priestly tribe of Levi, and he reminds us of many politicians of our day. Things were not going as he expected, so he complained. A few others agreed with him and before they knew it, there was a rebellion beginning.
It is sad that the rebellion began with a priest. Korah was a descendant of Levi, the father of the priestly tribe. The very people who should have been hearing from God themselves, who should have been supporting and encouraging Moses in his mammoth task of leading thousands of people through the desert, over the mountains, across rivers and on to that land “flowing with milk and honey”.
In much of our world today a similar rebellion would begin with one or two people feeling tired and irritated after a frustrating day and then having a drink with friends or colleagues. The conversation would lead to them sharing their frustrations at not getting to their destination as quickly as they had supposed. The demonic spirits which are never far from people who complain and criticise, were listening, and they made the most of things by suggesting others who might feel the same way.
A few more conversations behind tents in the twilight, and the grumblers having grown to 250 in number decided to face Moses and challenge him about thinking he was holier than everyone else. Numbers 16:2 tells us that 250 of them came to face Moses and Aaron, and challenge them about their superiority.
Read Numbers 16:1-4 and imagine a similar situation in our volatile world today. Pray for your government and our world leaders.