39 Korach

         וַיִּקַּח קֹרַח בֶּן־יִצְהָר בֶּן־קְהָת בֶּן־לֵוִי וְדָתָן וַאֲבִירָם בְּנֵי אֱלִיאָב וְאוֹן בֶּן־פֶּלֶת בְּנֵי רְאוּבֵן׃

Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men;

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

June 12th, 2021

Korach
“Courage”

Numbers 16:1-18:32

1 Sam. 11:14-12:22

2 Tim.2:8-21
Jude 1-25

 

The Parasha features the well-known assault by Korach together with Datan, Aviram, On, and 250 community leaders on Moses and Aaron’s leadership. Korach attempt to arrogate himself into a position of power with classic manipulation of lies, accusation of secrecy in power. Twice he falls on his face before Korach and before God trying to stop the rebellion and to prevent God from destroying the persistently disobedient Israelites.

Moses said, “By the coming actions, you shall know it is the Lord who sent me and not my own doing. If these men die like all men normally do, then it was not the Lord who sent me. But if the Lord creates a phenomenon so that the ground opens its mouth wide and swallows them and their property and they go to the grave alive, then you will know that these people have provoked God.” When Moses finished speaking the ground under Korach, the sons of Eliab and their followers split, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their houses and all of their property. They and their belongings went down into the grave alive and the earth closed over them and they vanished.


The Parasha concludes with an entire chapter detailing the duties of the Levites, a helpful lesson in what structured, centered, authentic leadership looks like.