Korah was a guy who stirred up strife and dispute in the Lord’s camp. The Book of Jude speaks of the spirit that was behind Korah – “the gainsaying of Korah” – Jude 1:11
What was Korah’s problem? Korah certainly had a desire for ministry, but he wasn’t content just transporting the holy things of God. He wanted to do more. Korah wanted to serve as a priest and offer incense to God. Korah not only had a desire for ministry but he caught on to some really deep truths for his time. Korah told Moses, “All God’s people are holy” – wow! (Numbers 16:3)
What a revelation Korah possessed in a time of the law! We are all holy and made righteous by God. So what was Korah’s problem?
Korah did not really understand the true grace and election of God. He presumed that everyone being holy meant that we all can occupy any position. Unfortunately, this led to Korah’s rebellion.
Korah represents rebellion to God’s authority or God ordained authority. Korah accused Moses of pride and lifting himself above the people when God Himself called Moses the humblest man on the earth!
The Bible says. “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” 1 Corinthians 12:18
God has also set pastors, apostles, prophets and other leaders in His Church. I am not talking about self-appointed leaders (as Korah himself wanted to be) but God-appointed leaders. A pastor is not man’s idea, it is God’s idea. If someone is indeed a God-appointed pastor, they have the grace and election to be a pastor.
What is the grace of a pastor? It is a supernatural ability given by God to feed, lead and watch over God’s flock.
The Spirit of God in true believers will bear witness with the grace of God in true God-appointed leaders. True believers do not respond or submit to titles, be it “pastor”, “bishop”, “apostle” – but rather the witness of the Spirit of God in them confirming the offices of God. If a man possessed by demons can say, “Paul I know, Jesus I know but who are you?!”, much more believers filled with the Holy Spirit can also discern God’s appointed leaders.
Korah wanted to go beyond the grace and calling of God in his life and thereby he stepped into pride and the works of the flesh. More than that, he led a rebellion against Moses and brought about his swift destruction.
God tells children to obey their parents in the Lord for this is right. (Ephesians 6:1) – this is for their own protection. It is the love of God that gives us a mother and a father.
God tells wives to submit to their own husbands as it is fitting in the Lord. (Colossians 3:18) – this is for her own blessings.
It is the love of God that gives a woman a Godly husband.
God tells the church, obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. (Hebrews 13:17)
The Bibles says that these leaders are Jesus’ gifts to His Bride. (Ephesians 4:11)
You may say “what if my parents are satanists and want me to worship satan?” Or, “what if my husband is a creep and my pastor is preaching false doctrines?” We are ONLY called to submit to and to serve God. Hey, if something or someone is not of God, you don’t have to submit. Jesus says, “for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” (Luke 4:8)
The first gift Jesus gave the Church after His Resurrection was the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will reveal to you what is of God and what is not of God. You can trust Him and His witness in your life.
Are there Godly parents in your life? – wow! Honor them. Are you married to a man or woman of God? – give God praise. Do you have Godly leaders in your Church? – work with them for your benefit.
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