Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, July 28, 2017
Just like many individuals who attack authority or discredit the ones in a positions of authority, they wipe out the very office he is trying to take over = operation boomerang.
Whenever you attack authority in any realm, so that you can promote yourself to that position of authority, you are attacking yourself.
Divine institution number 1 is volition, you have authority over your own soul and with authority comes responsibility, you are responsible for you.
When you attack that authority by refusing to take responsibility for your own decisions, you are setting up a system of self-justification.
In the family, the wife discredits and disrespects the authority of her husband and she is teaching the children that it is alright to discredit and disrespect the authority of their parents.
The husband goes to work, gets with the boys, and gossips and complains and criticizes the supervisor or the foreman, he gets a promotion to that position and they do the same to him.
Politicians dig up dirty laundry and skeletons in the closet about the one in the office that they're trying to defeat, and therefore the public begins to lose respect for the very office itself.
A man attacks a pastor with lies and slander so that he can become the new pastor, and the very office that he desires to have, he has destroyed.
Prin-In trying to wipe out others, he is actually wiping out himself.
In his desire to take over one of the highest functions in Israel, he is actually wiping out the very foundation by which he and they would all survive.
If a person promotes the discrediting of someone in authority to get that authority, then it is only a matter of time before his authority is destroyed as well.
He is actually wiping out the very foundation by which he would survive, the Levitical priesthood.
While this conversation is going on with Moses, Korah's eyes probably glance over at the personality boys, the 250 princes, and he realizes that they all think they can do the job just as good as him.
Prin - One thing about power and approbation lust, it always blinds the person who uses them.
Prin-When there is dissatisfaction it leads to blindness, and the blindness is unreality.
Moses points out that these rebels do not have the same objectives and actually Korah, instead of leading the revolution ought to be on the side of Moses protecting the rights of the tribe of Levi.
The N.T. application is also very obvious: No man desiring the office of pastor teacher should ever attack that office to attain his desire.
Because he is destroying the very office he is aspiring to.
Korah then in his irrationality is leading a conspiracy which would destroy the prerogatives and the authorities of the tribe of Levi.
This is because he is no longer holding up the sacred order of the Levitical priesthood, but he is extending the functions of the Levitical order to the 250 princes of Israel, none of which are Levites.
The principle then is very obvious, irrationality has no place in the function of leadership.
In contrast, Moses is totally rational, having lifted the shield of faith and having put the entire conspiracy in the Lord's hands.
The authority of Bible doctrine in Israel cannot be restored until there is divine judgment of the leaders in the conspiracy in Israel.
Prin - Moses had no idea that this conspiracy was brewing and therefore God had to bring the conspirators to the service.
The conspiracy in this case is an attempt to overthrow the theocratic government of the first client nation.
The Theocratic government is the government set up by God and that is why God has to bring forth what we are now ready for the 10 commandments or the giving of the Mosaic Law.
Conspiracy also creates a vacuum into which the least qualified persons have exceeded their capacity for rule and provided arrogant, emotional and incompetent leadership.
The implication is obvious, if an individual attacks the spiritual authority in a local assembly to aspire to that position, that individual will be attacking the very authority that he is aspiring to.
Since only Aaron as the legitimate high priest of Israel can actually carry the censer from the bronze altar outside the tabernacle to the golden altar of incense in the tabernacle and live.
He is going to allow those 250 princes to do what God has only permitted Aaron to do.
These 250 princes and Korah will have the opportunity of proving whether or not they have the gift and the ability to operate in the tabernacle.
He just says in effect you operate in what you consider to be your gift, we will operate in what we consider to be our gift, and then we will let the Lord prove who is in his right calling.
To them, it didn't matter if God came through for Moses or not.
If Moses received blessing and promotion and vindication from the Lord, they would say that the devil is blessing Moses.
If Moses did not receive vindication and blessing from the Lord, they would say God is disciplining Moses,.....he's under divine discipline.
Korah was dissatisfied with his circumstances and his niche in life, and he was in his right niche.
1. The preservation of the Law after it was given.
2. The communication of B.D.
3. The prep school
4. The music ministry
5. The security force for the tabernacle
1. had been separated or ordained by God from the rest of the congregation.
2. The Lord brought Korah near to Himself, [special privileges in the tabernacle].
3. Korah stood before the congregation to minister to them at times.
It wasn't an alcoholic, or a drug addict, or a murderer, it was someone very close to the top in Israel.
a. Korah was so obsessed with destroying Moses and Aaron to accomplish his objective, which is to take over the priesthood, that he is destroying the very office he is trying to take over.
b. If a person promotes the discrediting of someone in authority to get that authority, then it is only a matter of time before his authority is destroyed as well.
c. No individual desiring authority should ever attack that authority that he or she is lusting after.
d. The authority of Bible Doctrine in Israel cannot be restored until there is divine judgment of the leaders in the conspiracy in Israel.
e. These men were attacking and discrediting the teaching of Moses, and therefore the teaching of Bible doctrine, so God had to bring this situation to the surface.
Moses does not make an issue of himself, he makes an issue of Bible doctrine, and the Word of God.
These 250 princes and Korah will have the opportunity of proving whether or not they have the gift and the ability to operate in the gift and in the tabernacle.