The Rebellion of Korah

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It is my prayer that we will identify ourselves on our way to heaven. We saw that Israel is a life size allegory of what we will go through. It is a type. Everything that the Israelites went through is a mirror of what we will go through in reality. We see the bondage they got into from a yielding to sin. Some of us can identify if we are still in bondage.  If we have felt how bad sin is God can bring us out and we can partake of the lamb. The physician comes to heal those that are sick and the bondage release comes to those who know they are in bondage. We identified the manna and the murmuring of the children of Israel in a previous study. When we are coming out of Egypt it seems that Egypt pursues us. We come to a point in our Christian walk where the first joy of the Christian work seems to run off. The past crowds us in but the Lord will deliver us from that. All along we can identify we are travelling along this path. Where are we? Along this path to heaven there is a rebellion. We will spend this time looking at rebellion rather than looking at Korah himself. When we read this text we will realise what this rebellion was all about that happened with Korah, Dathan and Abiram.

Deuteronomy 9:7 Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.

Did rebellion start at the time that Korah rose up against Moses? When did it start? Ever since they left they were rebellious to God. This is the fact of the people, they weren’t just rebellious with Korah but it was continual but it came to a head.

What is Rebellion?

Disobedience. The dictionary puts it simply – to resist authority.  What is said to those who sit in Moses seat? Often when we talk about the topic of Korah, Dathan and Abiram it’s often used by leaders who say if you don’t listen to me I am Moses and you are Korah therefore if you don’t obey me, the bible says you should be destroyed as I am the leader – Moses and you are under me therefore you must be Korah. This is very easily drawn.

Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

Who was speaking and who was he speaking to? Stephen and he was speaking to who? The Pharisees. What did Jesus say to the Pharisees? You sit in Moses seat. They sit in a position of leadership but there is a resistance from them.

There is a clear distinction between Moses himself and the office of Moses.

Did the Pharisees resist Jesus Christ? They did  We want to understand exactly what rebellion is so when we look at the story of Korah, Dathan and Abiram it becomes very easily understood. There was a resistance to the Holy Ghost.  If only we would just rebel against Satan, resist the devil and he will flee from you. There is a good rebellion. To rebel against evil is a good rebellion.

Resistance between the Flesh and the Spirit

There was a class in the time of the apostles and in the time of Christ that resisted the Holy Ghost as their fathers did. What were the Israelites resisting against? What were they rebelling against? Against God the Holy Ghost as your fathers did.

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

There is a resistance between the flesh and the spirit. This is rebellion. This is resistance. It is the flesh that lusts against the spirit. When Stephen said you are resisting the Holy Spirit as your fathers did, what was resisting the Holy Ghost? The flesh as their fathers did. Israel’s flesh resisted against the Holy Ghost. It’s not just the flesh.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

It is not just the flesh it is the natural man, the person in Egypt. Did they resist Moses when he came to deliver them? Is it true? They said this is getting hard just leave us alone. The natural man resists. We have the flesh and the natural man, the whole being.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

What does the word subject mean? To yield, submit. The carnal mind, the fleshly mind, the natural mind that we are born with when we come from our mother’s womb we are to resist. Didn’t the Psalmist declare that I was shapen in iniquity? We are. We as Christians or before we become Christians we must acknowledge that our mind and whole being is contrary to God.

We Are Rebellion

The carnal mind is enmity the word enmity is a noun. It identifies what factually it is. An adjective describes an attribute of something. Our heart doesn’t have the natural attribute of rebellion our heart is rebellion. Our heart isn’t black, our heart is blackness. We are not corrupt, we are corruption. We are not just wicked, we are wickedness. When we are talking about rebellion, we are rebellion. My children are the children of rebellion as that is who I am. This is the natural condition that we are in.  A child can give a flat no answer and you don’t even have to teach it to do that. Children when born they are rebellion. When they are so little we think it is so cute. How cute little rebellion and we nurture this rebellion and this destroys our children to encourage them to do those funny little naughty things. Whereas if understood as we have Korah, Dathan and Abiram had we would probably put them in the ground as our nature needs to be buried. As parents we have a privilege to not to bring out the rebellion but to put it in the dust and bring out the spirit of God. He has lit every man that comes into this world. There is something still in a child that wants to do good but its hard, its being is still desperately wicked. The heart is deceitful above all things. The heart is deceit itself.

No, God

When a child gives a no that is the resistance. A father may say to a son go help your mother, no dad, no. Son? No. What do you do with that? You may smite the child but still no. This is rebellion. Do we like that in a child as adults? When we look at a child and they say a flat no it mortifies you. It is really disturbing. We may think that little children need to grow up. Do you think growing up changes that? If God asks us to do something would you just say no God?

Psalms 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

The word ‘there’ is a supplied word.

The fool says in his heart NO GOD. As adults we say no, God. What does the bible call that person? A fool. When you say no to God, you are saying I don’t want God. When protestors say no bombs they don’t want them to exist. When we say no God it’s not just saying no to the circumstances, we are saying I don’t want God to exist, I wish he would die is what we are saying.  When a child says no dad, they are saying I don’t want you around dad. So they supply these words ‘there is’ no God because the rebellious heart wishes there wasn’t a God. What did Adam do when he sinned? He hid. Why do you hide from something? It is because you don’t want it around. When someone comes and you don’t want them to visit you hide in your room, shut the door and pretend no one is home. That is hiding and saying – no person, don’t knock on my door. No God is what the fool says in his heart. We as parents look at those children and say they really need a lesson and there is no difference between the child and when we relate in our natural state to the God in heaven.

Change, God

Maybe you will say I won’t go as far as saying no God but just if God would change a little bit. A person who says no God or I don’t want God, they make their own God they can have a God of nature, they have the God who created all things but as long as it is not the God of scripture because that is where the problem lies. That is where all the commands come from the Word of God. We can have a poetic fancy about God. The God of nature and how God is in everything and God is just so magical and mystical. All these attributes but the God of scripture no. Only if God would change and if he wouldn’t be so strict, if he wouldn’t be so exacting and if his way wasn’t so rough ok.  I love God but if he would just change a little bit. How many of you have loved somebody and said I love you and want to marry you but I want you to be a different person. Is that really love? If you love your husband but you don’t want them to be who they are that is not love at all. If we like God but we want him to change it is still saying no God as we are not taking him as he is and for what he has said and submitting to that. God is what he is and was the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the same in the time of Exodus, the gospels and Revelation 22. He is the same. You can’t change God. For you to think I will just alter his laws a little and take out the things that really erk me out and then I will love God, you are still saying in your heart no. Because God says take me or leave me.

Who Sought?

This is what we are born with. As Adam hid in the garden who took the seekers position? God but it was backwards as Adam transgressed. Perhaps he should have been the seeker. Perhaps he should have been the one grovelling and saying have mercy but no God comes in the cool of the day and said where are you? I want to be with and talk to you. Adam was hiding and he doesn’t seek God and the scripture says there is none that seek after God. There is none righteous, no not one. For us to think yes I want God, be it known unto you that want comes from God not you. When you have an inkling to follow God that is not you but God in you. God has awoken that in you and he has drawn with the cords of love as love awakens love. There was no love before he came. There was just the noun – rebellion.

In Egypt

The beautiful thing is that in Egypt we are like this;

Psalms 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

God wants to dwell with the rebellious? He gave gifts unto men, the rebellious also. What a gift this is.  We are reflecting back on the Passover gift because they were rebellious in Egypt and he still gave them the gift of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 4 takes the above Psalm and repeats it.

Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

He gave Jesus Christ to this rebellious world. He gave the Passover lamb to the rebellious Israelites. They didn’t get rebellious along the way they were already rebellious and so we are.

Ephesians 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Jesus Christ is the gift but with Jesus Christ comes other gifts. Gifts of leadership, prophecy, evangelism, administration and healing.  They all there and they come through Jesus Christ. These gifts don’t come from me. They come from Jesus.

The gift of Jesus Christ

What has Jesus Christ done for our carnal mind which is rebellion?

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

He has created a new life. What was Egypt? This world. In times past you were in Egypt. You were serving Pharoah.

The Mind and the Flesh

We want to make a clear distinction. There is the flesh and in your body a derangement and the mind. The two different things but when you were in Egypt the mind and the flesh were in unity. They talked and acted one. Romans says be not conformed to this world. What is this world? Egypt. Be renewed in your mind. Not in the flesh.

Romans 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counselor?

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

There is a difference between your flesh which is rebellion and your mind which was rebellion but has been changed through Jesus Christ. Now you have a new mind and that mind is no longer rebellion. The call is to come out of Egypt and to receive this new mind.

The Mixed Multitude

When the Israelites came out who came with them? The great multitude. When Israel came out Egypt also came with them. When we come out of Egypt our flesh comes with us. When we become a Christian and have a new mind, is Egypt still with us? Where is it with us? In our flesh. If you go through the narrative of the mixed multitude it is only a number of times mentioned in the bible. In Exodus 12:38 the first thing mentioned is that they followed Israel. Is it not true our flesh seems to follow us everywhere we go? We can’t get out of it.

Numbers 11:4 And the mixed multitude that [was] among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?

Feeling Angry Doesn’t Mean You Are Angry

They fell a lusting. What this is saying is that when we come out of Egypt as Christians we come along our pathway and there is a path of the experience of the Christian where the flesh really gives the spirit a hard time. It falls a lusting. The lust will work. Our bodies are full of lust and chemicals. When there is desire it is just a chemical. When there is anger or fright it is just a chemical. Is that true? When there is desire it is just a chemical. It’s a chemical compound doing it to you. Is that you? If you feel angry does that mean you are angry? It depends what you do with that feeling. If you feel sad does it mean you are sad? You don’t have to be because when that feeling first comes no, that isn’t you. There is a difference between your mind and your flesh. A great difference. Just like there is a difference between the Israelites and the mixed multitude. The Israelites knew what it was to be in bondage, the mixed multitude didn’t. A big difference and a parallel that can go into the church body also. It can also be the church where you have the true people of God and those that are just following. There are more parallels also even in the larger sense but we are drawing the one of the body, the mixed multitude. Is it true that you ever get mixed feelings?

You can say mixed multitudes go away. The mixed multitude was there in the time of Nehemiah. When the reading of the law of what was going to be done, what did they have to do before the law was read? They had to separate the mixed multitude from Israel before they read the law. When you hear the word of the Lord, separate your feelings from your brain. Don’t get them mixed up. It was clear, when the law was going to be read, mixed multitude you can go away. When Gods requirements come from his pulpit and his word and from the Spirit of Prophecy, before you read them put a separation between your feelings, flesh and your mind so when you read it and there might be a little upset, you are separated anyway so go away. I am reading the Word of God. I love God for who is. I don’t want him to change, I don’t want to say no God. I want God but yet the mixed multitude is saying no God because that is still rebellion. So it is in the church when the church is giving a high standard to live by. Mark this there will be people who will have something to say about that because they haven’t separated their feelings from what God has said in the high standard and because they haven’t separated themselves.  They mingle and they say this is a bit legalistic, fanatical and under the law. We don’t have to do this and they whisper among all the people and then all of a sudden no one does what God wants and you have a church in great apostasy. All because of this mixed multitude which is in us and in the church.

The Wilderness

As we go into the wilderness, God has a purpose. When he brought us out of Egypt, did he think we were quite a good people who didn’t realise we were rebellious? Or did God know that we are rebellious? He knows we are rebellious and he is going to do something about it. This is what God is going to do;

Ezekiel 20:13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which [if] a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. 38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.

He took them into the wilderness to do what? To purge out the rebels and no rebel would be going into the land he said. No wonder only two made it because of our body is rebellious. There is only a small part of our brain that is Godly. The rest of us is still rebellion. God wants to purge that and when we get to heaven and praise the Lord we will not have sinful flesh. It will be gone. And so it is in Canaan there would be no rebels. The rebels must be destroyed as they go through the wilderness.

When Was the Rebellion of Korah?

Some of the mixed multitude was destroyed at Mount Sinai when they made the golden calf and they had to then separate and allot of rebels died at that point. Did they all die? As Christians as we mortify the deeds of our body, have we mortified everything? When was the rebellion of Korah? Was it early in the history or late? It was late. If you are a Christian be assured that even late in your life you will still have to purge out some rebels. Romans 7 deals with coming out of bondage.

Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Romans chapter 8 talks about what you are going to do in the wilderness.  It deals with our job in the wilderness.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Who is he talking to? Israelites? He is talking to Israelites. You are in the spirit now.

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Does God Speak to Us Through Our Hormones?

If the Spirit of God isn’t dwelling in you are really the mixed multitude. Does the Spirit of God dwell in our sinful flesh? Does God speak to us through our hormones? No he speaks to us through his word and our mind and our mind is to dictate to our hormones not the other way around. God is not in the mixed multitude he is in the Israel of God. That’s who he is with.

Romans 8:10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Mortify the Deeds of the Body

How do you mortify your deeds of the body? Cast back on what I said before, how does a parent get mortified by their children? When they say a flat no. If a child says to the parent no, to the parent that is mortifying. If a parent has a rebellious child they hang their head in shame because it is so hard, it is so difficult. It is mortifying, it feels terrible. No one needs to tell you that you are terrible you just feel bad. A flat no from the child to the parent mortifies the parent. How do we mortify the parent? A flat no. The wise man says in his heart – no flesh. Because the fool says in his heart no God.  To say no to the flesh, is to say I don’t want you to exist. Isn’t that mortification if you want that flesh to die? The bible is clear on how we need to be obedient.

How Do We Be Obedient?

Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

What does that mean? As you sin so do the right thing. How do you sin? You yield to the sin. It feels so nice so I will just yield to that and we say no to God. We say no God I want to do what the flesh is wanting. How do we be obedient? We say no to the flesh and Lord I want to do what you want me to do. That is obedience. To yield to God is obedience. We can’t be obedient through our own flesh. We have to yield and say you are wooing me so much. You are tempting me to do the right thing, I will yield to that. The scripture says the Lord tempts no man but in the good sense he provokes to do the right thing which is a better word. This is how during the wilderness we have opportunity to say no flesh, and yield to God. That is the question. Will you do it when you are really thirsty? When everything is really hard in the wilderness? When there is heat and all the uncomfortable experiences? When the flesh is really wanting those flesh pots of Egypt? The carnal security and the all the other food that they craved after? The garlic’s of tradition and all these other things. Do we really want those? God is taking us into the wilderness not to kill us, not to bring us into bondage but to destroy the rebels from out of us before we go into Canaan.

Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Who is leading? The spirit needs to lead not the flesh.

Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again.

I want to emphasise the words here. When we are battling with the flesh never think that you are going back into bondage because when you really want to do something in the flesh and you can’t, does that feel like you are in bondage if you want to do something and you can’t? Like a prisoner, he really wants to get out of the prison and he can’t. We really want to obey the flesh but to be an Israelite of God we can’t do it. This is the problem with the mixed multitude. They thought they came into the wilderness to be in bondage. They thought that to come in to obey God was all restrictions and that they were going to be killed. There is no worse bondage than the bondage of death as you can’t come out of that. God has said I’ve not given you the spirit of bondage again. You’ve already been in bondage.

I haven’t brought you in the wilderness to be in bondage but to get rid of the flesh so when you come into the church and there is all the restrictions, never think that it is bondage. Never think that in fact you if you think that, it is the flesh that is thinking it. Because God’s church with all its restrictions are only there to purge our your rebels so you can have absolute heaven in the kingdom of heaven. Never think that there is so much restriction in Gods church. God has not given us bondage to fear. We are not back in Egypt when we have these feelings of restriction. Especially if we get reproved we think I am in restriction and now I’m being reproved that must be a whip and we automatically think how dare someone reprove me, I am free now. But there is a certain amount of control in the wilderness but it wasn’t bondage.

Jeremiah 39:17 But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the LORD: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou [art] afraid. 18 For I will surely deliver thee,

Is that deliverance from Egypt? It is but notice what it says afterwards;

Jeremiah 39:18 and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD.

Although Egypt in the sense of a nation has been destroyed, you are out of bondage. Is there something that will still pray on you as you go? What does the bible say? Your life shall be a prey unto thee. Your own life will be trying to chase you down. Your own body is going to be your stumbling block. Your own feelings and emotions are going to be your problem. I can destroy Satan at the cross but you are going to have this prey. When there is a prey there needs to be a wall of protection which is God’s church, the commandments, the law and standards and that isn’t bondage it is safety. When we go into the wall we get claustrophobia thinking this is Egypt again and it’s not. This is the problem that happened in the wilderness with the children of the mixed multitude and the children of Israel and they thought this is worse than Egypt in fact.

How Does Rebellion Show Itself?

The fool says where? In his heart he says NO God. There is a passive and an active rebellion. Jesus gives a parable of two sons and the father says to one son, will you come and work in my vineyard and he says no. So the father says I’ll go ask my other son. Will you go work in my vineyard?  He says yes but the one that said yes never went and the one that said no went. Who had rebellion? They both did but whose was in the heart? The one that never actually went because the other was obedient. He had a renewed heart and was repentant and did what his father asked.  We all are rebellious and we all said no to God in our former life but now will we continue to have secret rebellion as we come through the wilderness. It is not just saying no God;

Psalms 107:10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, [being] bound in affliction and iron; 11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:

Have you seen books called Counsels on Diet and Food, welfare ministry, parents, education and you rebel against them? How many books have the word counsel in it? The counsel of the most high and the testimony of Jesus and we rebel against that? They have rebelled against Gods words, the scriptures and his counsel. Do you ever find reading counsels to ministers or whatever perhaps you read and think this is a little bondage, this is too hard for me? If that is the case then you will be sitting in darkness. You will be in bondage if you don’t listen to Gods counsel. Such sit in darkness being bound affliction and iron because they rebelled against the counsel of God. If you rebel against the counsel of God you will be sent to death, positive death and darkness.

Darkness

There was a man walking in the blackest of midnight through the craggy mountains and there were big civilities and rocks and big pitfalls and cliffs and Canyons and it was the blackest of midnight and he couldn’t even see his nose. There were no stars, no moon, no sun, nothing at all. In fact he didn’t even know he was around the craggy mountains as he couldn’t see anything but the rough stones under his feet. And this poor man was hungry, bruised and bleeding and he couldn’t’ see anywhere, what would be the best gift to give this man? A light. That is the best gift to give this man.

Job 24:13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.

They rebel against the light. What man would do such a thing if he was in such a dire strait condition in the dark and a man gives him a light in the dark and he says no I don’t need that. what folly. What absolute folly. But the fast majority do it. They rebel against the light.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

This man didn’t want the light. He would rather fall down a cliff and die. It is folly. When God pours about light there is a rebellion against light because we are really evil. So it is that so many people rebel against the light of the spirit of prophecy and against the light of the bible as it is written because their deeds are evil. The light knows that. It is just allowing them to see the evil so they can put it away.

Types of Rebellion

There is a secret rebellion, an unwillingness. 2 Peter talks about being willingly and wilfully ignorant. Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know as then I am accountable. Then you are already accountable. To be unwilling to know and be reproved and to hop in the light, this is a rebellion. It is resistance to light.Have you ever been unwilling to know the real detail of what God has for us? Have you been apprehensive and thought maybe next time? I will put it off for another day but today if you hear his voice, harden not your heart. Don’t put it off. Don’t say, I don’t want to know now. That is one way of rebellion. Just not to know. I know of people where you have given them a testimony and it says what they shall do and it says the commandments of God forbid this and they say I don’t want to know because that is the light from God and they are unwilling to really digest that. There is another type of rebellion which is a ridicule of the light because they think its darkness and they come up with something that is dark and they think that is light. Isn’t that true in Isaiah? It says woe unto them;

Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Woe unto them. Because the light that you have or that God is giving through his messenger, that messenger has faults and this and that and therefore it’s not light and its bad. They ridicule it because darkness is what they say is light. To not accept the light as what it is for, that light is light and accept that. If it reproves you, if it shows how bad you are, praise the Lord because that is the purging. There is another way where you can walk away from the light as you have seen brighter light. You can walk away from the light of heaven because you see something that is better than the light of heaven. Those people that walk away from the light of heaven as they have something better is usually their own plans, opinion and counsel.  Counsel with their best friends as there is no reproof there but just all this happiness and that is better light than God’s light. This is what Korah, Dathan and Abiram did. They esteemed their opinion above Moses, of God. Rebellion is not being rebellious against an individual but is rebellion against God himself. Korah, Dathan and Abiram rebelled. They thought they had greater light and a bigger responsibility. They had something of their own thinking, their own plans, and counsels they had that would surpass that of what God has said.

How This Rebellion Started

At first they hinted and expressed doubts, which took so readily with many minds that they ventured still further. And being more and more confirmed in their suspicions by a word from one and another, each expressing what he thought of certain things which had come under his notice, these deluded souls really came to believe that they had a zeal for the Lord in the matter and that they would not be excusable unless they carried out to the full their purpose of making Moses see and feel the preposterous position he occupied toward Israel. A little leaven of distrust and of dissension, envy, and jealousy was leavening the camp of Israel. {3T 343.3}

What their opinion was seemed to be very popular and when something is popular people think God is working in this. Was it just between the three men? The whole camp. What did you hear? I heard this and I saw this and they were talking and said this is light. Is this from Gods word or from their conjecture? It is interesting to know what their suspicion was towards Moses. They couldn’t prove it but because they talked about it was in their minds and said we must act on this. This is walking away from God’s light and going to something brighter. It is rebellion because is there anything brighter than God? Is there anything brighter than the words of Jesus Christ? Is there anything brighter than Gods testimony? The testimony which is what? The Spirit of Prophecy? What Jesus has to say about matters? Is that light? We can close the Spirit of Prophecy and we can talk suspicion. We can talk what we have thought and what we think together is more glorious than the counsels of God. When you read the testimonies to people and they ignore them, you think they are probably just reading it wrong. There is a problem because what are they rebelling against? You if you read them? No, it’s got nothing to do with us. It’s got nothing to do with the reader or Moses, it had to do with God. This is the flesh, the mixed multitude that were tired of God’s ways.

The state of feeling among the people favored the designs of Korah. In the bitterness of their disappointment, their former doubts, jealousy, and hatred had returned, and again their complaints were directed against their patient leader. The Israelites were continually losing sight of the fact that they were under divine guidance. They forgot that the Angel of the covenant was their invisible leader, that, veiled by the cloudy pillar, the presence of Christ went before them, and that from Him Moses received all his directions. {PP 395.3}

The Return of the Flesh

What returned? The flesh is returning and this is the course of a Christian. The flesh will return again and again through the wilderness until God has finally put it into the dust. These doubts, suspicions, doubts and disappointments return.

They were unwilling to submit to the terrible sentence that they must all die in the wilderness, {PP 396.1}

Where they to die in the wilderness? No. What was to die in the wilderness? The rebels only. Some of us when our flesh is needing to be mortified which is that horrible feeling of denying yourself and taking up your cross and following Jesus through that wilderness, though that hill of Calvary, that terrible sentence of killing your flesh, I’m unwilling to submit to that and so many people have left for that exact reason. They can no longer handle the reproof and rebuke that is making mortal blows to their flesh and they cherish what their flesh has to say. They sympathise with their flesh and therefore they can’t take that anymore. I can’t subject myself to this.

They were unwilling to submit to the terrible sentence that they must all die in the wilderness, and hence they were ready to seize upon every pretext for believing that it was not God but Moses who was leading them and who had pronounced their doom. {PP 396.1}

They don’t want to believe. They want to have these doubts. Everything the flesh brings up, all these thoughts of being offended.

As a sense of the self-sacrificing patience of Moses would force itself upon their memories, and as his disinterested efforts in their behalf while they were in the bondage of slavery would come before them, their consciences would be somewhat disturbed. Some were not wholly with Korah in his views of Moses and sought to speak in his behalf. Korah, Dathan, and Abiram must assign some reason before the people why Moses had from the first shown so great an interest for the congregation of Israel. Their selfish minds, which had been debased as Satan’s instruments, suggested that they had at last found out the object of the apparent interest of Moses. He had designed to keep them wandering in the wilderness until they all, or nearly all, should perish and he should come into possession of their property. {3T 346.2}

That is what he is going to do. He is going to abscond with our money, that is what he is going to do. I have finally found out what is going on. Praise the Lord, the light has come to me now. I know. Our counsels, we have talked and this is now evidence.You can ask a lawyer but is conjecture evidence? Conjecture and suspicion is no evidence in the court of law. It fails miserably but in your own counsel you can be your own judge, you can make your own court of law, you can have your own legal system and you can say suspicion and evil surmising and reports from different unhappy people can come and upon these reports you can make a firm decision. What folly. The fool says in his heart no God my counsel is better. We counsel together, we can make the decision. They thought they finally found that he would run away with everything they had. What folly.

There is nothing which will please the people better than to be praised and flattered when they are in darkness and wrong, and deserve reproof. {3T 345.2}

The Motions of Sin

The mixed multitude made a motion in the board and Korah flattered them and said that was a good idea and a good thought. In Romans 2 it says the motions of our flesh and sin work. Our body is like a business meeting and our flesh can make a motion. But if we would flatter those motions and say wow flesh that was great, I’m going to second that one and then it passes because the majority in the counsel is the flesh so of course it will pass it as the majority rule. Don’t second the motion. Don’t second the feeling that comes and says no sorry, that is a foolish idea because God says this. It is written. When Jesus was in the wilderness, he was hungry and if he got to take the vote of eating, the emotions would have voted and would have made the motion yes eat and turn the bread into stone. Satan said do it, if you are the son of God make these bread into stone and all the members of his body were there and said we need bread but he said it is written man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. Sorry, no flesh, I’m rebelling. The chairman can rebel.

Flattery

Korah flattered the people of what they had said.

Korah gained the ears of the people, and next their sympathies, by representing Moses as an overbearing leader. He said that he was too harsh, too exacting, too dictatorial, and that he reproved the people as though they were sinners when they were a holy people, sanctified to the Lord, and the Lord was among them. {3T 345.2}

Is Your Flesh Holy?

Is your flesh holy? Do you have holy flesh? They are sinners all the members in our body and they need to be subject to God’s word. This parallel is saying that the fleshy opinion is holy. The thought maybe we can change the church a little and make it more missionary minded and capture the people to get the people in. This is accepted in so many churches as a holy idea when it’s not it is a sinful idea to bring Egypt back in.

Korah rehearsed the incidents in their experience in their travels through the wilderness, where they had been brought into strait places, and where many of them had died because of murmuring and disobedience, {3T 345.2}

What was Korah really bringing out? All the sufferings and all the problems of their experience. Is that what we are meant to do as Christians? Bring out all the negatives? No, we close our eyes to those things. Whatever is good and pure and holy, think on these things.

…where many of them had died because of murmuring and disobedience, and with their perverted senses they thought they saw very clearly that all their trouble might have been saved if Moses had pursued a different course. He was too unyielding, too exacting, and they decided that all their disasters in the wilderness were chargeable to him. Korah, the leading spirit, professed great wisdom in discerning the true reason for their trials and afflictions. {3T 345.2}

Are we getting the picture of what rebellion is?

The Seat of Moses

Who is Moses? Was he a prophet? He was a prophet. Who is Moses that we would rebel against what he has to say? It is not the seat of Moses because in the time of Christ the people that were at the seat of Moses were in the hardest rebellion ever. No one can claim having the seat of Moses makes them Moses. You can’t do that. What gives the authority of Moses?

Many are tempted in regard to our work and are calling it in question. Some, in their tempted condition, charge the difficulties and perplexities of the people of God to the testimonies of reproof that we have given them. {3T 258.4}

Are there similarities here? People say all the troubles we have are because the Spirit of Prophecy.

They think the trouble is with the ones who bear the message of warning, who point out the sins of the people and correct their errors. Many are deceived by the adversary of souls. They think that the labors of Brother and Sister White would be acceptable if they were not continually condemning wrong and reproving sin. I was shown that God has laid this work upon us, {3T 258.4}

Jesus is our Moses and he is speaking what the Father says. I don’t say my own thing, what I hear I say. Our Moses, Jesus gives it as a testimony to the prophet Ellen G White and that is what people rebel against that you would put out a testimony read it and they don’t listen. You may pull out another one and they don’t listen. Who are they not listening to? Moses, the Word of the Lord. This is where people walk away from light thinking they have a greater light. How you can be rebellious in heart? To presume you have light already.

Matthew 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

If you think that the darkness you have is light, that is the worst darkness you could ever have to think you know already and that you don’t need reproof as I already have light. I don’t need any more improvement on what I know. I don’t need anyone to give me testimonies. If you say I’m a leader, why do you have to give me a testimony? How great is that darkness. Do you have a light and hide it under a bushel? Does a man light a candle and then put under his bed? Or does he put it on a candle stick so that many may see around it?  How many of us are ashamed of the straight testimony, the straight way of living? We think I can do it when everyone is around but as soon as I go into the world I have to hide my light.  I am a little ashamed of it, I am a little embarrassed by it because people will scoff at me and people will ridicule me and will call me the filth of the earth. I’d rather hide it under the bed. So you get up in the morning and you have your devotion and you slide it under the bed and you don’t do what God says. You love God and you want to read his word and have the devotion but you leave it in your room. You don’t take it out so everyone can see what you’ve learnt by your actions and living testimony. This is form of rebellion. You maybe loving the light but you keep fellowshipping with darkness. You keep being with the dark people because you seem to like them more than the people in the light. Have you ever had that the people out of the church are better friends than the people in the church? And you have this fellowship with darkness? This is a rebellion of light also.

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].

How do you reprove? By letting your light shine. You don’t have to preach to everyone you meet poking them with a stick. You allow the light to penetrate the darkness and if it is true darkness it will leave and they will ask what are you doing that for? What fellowship does darkness have with light? What communion of God with Belial? Righteousness and with unrighteousness? There is no fellowship. We are a family here, we should press together. We don’t have to go outside to look for friendships. We have our friends here. Make friends of Gods people. Choose the best company and dwell with that. As you dwell with the best company, you will become better for it.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,

6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Don’t Play Around With the Flesh!

Touch not the unclean thing. Is our flesh unclean? Don’t play around with the flesh. Don’t play around with your feelings. Separate yourself from your feelings and emotions and hear the word of the Lord and separate yourself. There is no union between your mind and your flesh. We often think you are a sinner and I can’t talk with you. Sin is just as much in our flesh as in theirs. To be a hypocrite is to not talk to them and then love our opinion and feeling.  It says touch not the unclean thing. You don’t have to touch their flesh in indulging in what their flesh likes.  Don’t do it in yours but reach out for the soul. If you touch their mind and God cleans that mind, their mind is not dirty if Christ has cleaned it. We don’t call the thing unclean the thing that God has called clean. If a person has conviction, is that not the beginning of conversion? Is that not worthy to then touch and minister to that person? Do they have a clean heart on them? Indeed they do. A convicted soul, minister to them but the flesh do not touch.  May the Lord help us to come out and be separate from ourselves.

Amen.

Posted on March 27, 2010, in Hebrew Wilderness Wanderings, Korah Dathan and Abiram, Sermons For Sabbath and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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