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;

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June 27 2020

Korach
“Courage”

Numbers 16:1-18:32

1 Sam. 11:14-12:22

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

 

34 korachNum. 16:3 “the entire community is holy, every one of them, and Adonai is among them. So why do you lift yourselves up above Adonai’s assembly?”

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. He attracts the people by his own ego and thirst for power and grabs the people who are vulnerable. He is more interested in self-aggrandizement than ensuring a safe and profitable future for the People.
But Korach’s posture was deemed unacceptable, because Moses’ leadership was choose by God, so  Korach’s challenge to Moses’ authority was interpreted as a direct affront to God. We see Moses in that place of humility, able to lead because he loves God and the Israelites with every fiber of his being, despite his constant frustration with both of them. 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.

God commands Eleazar, the son of Aaron, to preserve the fire pans of the rebels: This symbolic act is profound. The moment in which the Israelite seeks to come close to God through the offering of sacrifices becomes a time of reflection. The parasha concludes with an entire chapter detailing the duties of the Levites, a helpful lesson in what structured, centered, authentic leadership looks like.