Parashat Korach

Lamed Messianic Studies

(Original Entry from HOD-Wordpress - 2007-06-16 11:40:19 pm)

Category - Lamed Messianic Studies, Jewish

Parashat Korach

Torah Portion: Numbers 16:1-18:32
Haftarah Portion: I Samuel 11:14-12:22
Shabbat Rosh Chadesh: Isaiah 66:1-66:24
Mif: Numbers 28:9-15

In these passages we see the essence of how the L-RD operates. In Numbers 16, we have the action and reaction of the conscious choices to speak against those things whch HaShem, as is His Way, has chosen to serve His people who call on His Name. Remember the precedent set forth in Genesis. HaShem spoke and things were created. When Adam was “created,” his first lesson on how to be like his Creator was how to use what he spoke to create an identity for other things created by the Creator.

Here we have in Numbers the identity (”creation”) of men made to lead the people as HaShem would have them led. Instead of using the power of words to build up, they are used in tearing down those identities and positions which HaShem created. “HaShem” used here is the literal idea of identities and positions of “The Name” or in “The Namesake.”

Even though the sin of going against those things which HaShem set into play was committed by some of the people, we still see the compassion of HaShem towards the people who would obey Him and not speak against Him in Numbers 17; He instructs the people how to set up a reminder for themselves so they would not enter into the same acts of sin steeped in rebellion that those who were punished did enter into themselves.

All in all, throughout this chapter, it seems that the secondary issue is mutterings which create strife. Since HaShem is the G-D of Peace, strife and those things which create strife against HaShem (1) cannot stand and (2) cannot exist where is G-D [Peace].

In Chapter 18 in Numbers, we see what HaShem desires for those who serve Him faithfully. The leaders received the best they could be given and the leader of the leaders received the best part of the leaders’ offerings. Here is from where I imagine the term “best of the best” comes. As the children of HaShem, we should chose and receive the best of all things. Unto Him we should give the best of our things so as to never be ashamed of what we give (or do not give).

In I Samuel 11:14-12:22, we see references to so many of the teachings in the Brit Chadesha (New Testament). First, there is the sin of worshiping Ashtaroth who was a perceived goddess of the stars. This goddess was part of the fertility ceremonies. Once again, the people had the right idea but the wrong focus of personage (as is the case so many times). This term is also rooted in the word ashterah, meaning ewe, flock, increase, or young and is ultimately derived from the word ashar which basically means to become rich or wealthy or to enrich, or to make rich, or to pretend to be rich. Can you see the lessons about worshiping the stars instead of the Maker of those stars here? Can you see the lessons of the love of money and the riches (or things) instead of the Provider Who is Abba (The Source)?

Second, in I Samuel 12:14-22, we see the pretext of the redemptive theme of mankind. Here is the lesson in John 14:14-21 and the understanding that G-D loves all His creation, but even moreso He takes care of the creation whom also love Him in return by an obedience to G-D’s Word.