Welcome to “Korach”, קורח , "Korah " the name of this week’s Torah / Bible study section.
Scriptures are: from the Torah (Law or instructions of God) Numbers 16:1-18:32, [Now Korah the son of Izhar... took action]. From the Prophets: 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22 and from the New Testament, gospel of Luke 18:35-19:28.
"Korach son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth, became insolent and rose up against Moses” (Numbers 16:1–2).
In last week’s study section titled “ShelachLecha”, the seeds of rebellion were sown as the Israelites threatened to replace Moses as their leader. So great was their fear of the giants in the Promised Land, and so great was their unbelief that they would be able to overcome those giants, that they wanted to forsake the promises of God and return to Egypt. In this week’s Torah section study, the rebellion continues with the mutiny against Moses’ leadership by a man named Korach (קֹרַח), which means baldness, ice, hail, or frost.
Portion Outline. TORAH:
Numbers 16:1 | Revolt of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram
Numbers 17:1 | The Budding of Aaron's Rod
Numbers 18:1 | Responsibility of Priests and Levites
Numbers 18:8 | The Priests' Portion.
1Sa 11:1 | Saul Defeats the Ammonites
1Sa 12:1 | Samuel's Farewell Address.
Korah (korach, קורח) was the name of a prominent Levite. This week’s Torah reading tells the story of how Korah led an unsuccessful rebellion against Moses and Aaron. After thwarting the insurrection, God confirms Aaron in the priesthood and provides additional legislation regarding priestly and Levitical privileges and responsibilities.
A proverb says, "Woe to the wicked, and woe to his neighbour." This applies to Dathan and Abiram, the neighbours of Korah. According to the arrangements for the tribal encampments, the Kohathites and the Reubenites both encamped on the south side of the Tabernacle (Numbers 2:10; 3:29). Dathan and Abiram were neighbours with a contentious man. That is why they were punished with him and were swept from the world. Contention against leadership is contagious, and contentious people work hard to convince their companions to join their cause. Korah's initial grievances against Moses and Aaron had nothing to do with the Reubenites, but through frequent conversation and the subtle manipulation of ideas, Korah was able to draw his neighbours into sedition.