It is quite interesting how Yehovah will allow us to walk through something on the way to where we are going. Peeling back layers to reveal whether we are who we think we are through our responses and reactions. Recently, I experienced a ministry leader approach me with disparaging remarks about a friend and mentor who has her own ministry. The words were relayed to her from someone in authority where we fellowship. To say the least, I was taken aback by assumptive words spoken by people who do not associate with this other person. It grieved my spirit and I was so disappointed in people who should know better.
That evening I began reading Parasha Korach and it allowed me to stand by as a spectator in this event. B’midbar (Numbers) 16 brings us upon the scene where Korach has gathered renown men from the Tribe and they are challenging Moshe and Aharon’s authority and accusing them of lifting themselves higher than the assembly. As you read further, you are reminded Korach and the other men were Levites and had a very important responsibility for which they had been entrusted. They felt entitled to take what they had not been given. Yehovah had already separated them for himself to draw them near unto Him so they could minister to the assembly, but they wanted to be elevated to a position for which they felt they were worthy of possessing.
It is apparent that Moshe’s mind was blown by their ostentatious approach and attitude when he fell on his face. Throughout this entire passage, the men showed disregard and disrespect to Moshe and Aharon. Moshe knew Yehovah was going deal with this rebellion ever so swiftly. Verse 19 states “Korach assembled all the congregation against them to the door of the tent of meeting: and the glory of Yehovah appeared to ALL the congregation.” When the congregation heard the voice of Yehovah telling Moshe and Aharon to separate themselves from the congregation, the congregation realized the err of their ways. When they heard Yehovah say to get away from the tents of Korach, Datan and Aviram, they must have scampered like rabbits running for their lives. Only moments later the ground opened up and consumed those men who stood with Korach, along with their family and their belongings. His purging give redefines the term “no man left behind. “ But Yehovah was not finished yet because he sent a fire to devour the 250 men who offered the incense. They obviously did not learn from the error of Aharon’s two sons who brought strange fire before Him. It was a “poof be-gone” moment for all to see.
As if the rebellion and subsequent consequences were not enough for the assembly to understand Yehovah was serious, they started talking smack. What could have been going through the minds of those who heard Yehovah and saw what He did to squelch the rebellion, yet they still chose to speak against Moshe and Aharon. The assembly was accusing them of killing the people of Yehovah which was a big mistake because they got their comeuppance too.
My first thoughts in reading this was how Korach did not have the nerve to approach Moshe and Aharon himself. Why not have a “hey, bruh” moment and talk out the matter, but instead he had the audacity search out others who would listen to his complaints about Moshe and Aharon and supported his cause. He sowed seeds of animosity amongst the assembly.
I see Leshon HaRa written all over Korach and his actions. It refers to an “evil tongue” which spreads rumors, a bad report or accusations against someone’s character. Leviticus 19:16 states, “You shall not go up and down as a slanderer among thy people…” Since Proverbs 12:22 reminds us that “Lying lips are an abomination to Yehovah” what can we take away from Proverbs 10:18 which states, “He who hides hatred has lying lips. He who utters a slander is a fool.” How can we slander others and say we love Yehovah? “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outcry and slander be put away from you, with malice.” (Ephesians 4:31). Even Colossians 3:8 states, “but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander and shameful speaking out of your mouth.” We have been told many times that gossip kills a person – not just the one you are bad mouthing, but the one with whom you share it. Something to think about when we want to say something derogatory.
Secondly, we all have a calling from our Creator which we are expected to walk in. Where we have been appointed, we have been anointed. It is His anointing upon us which enables us to do what we have been called to do. We are not called to walk in someone else’s shoes and do what they have been called to do. When we step into an area for which we have not been called, we are not walking in His perfect will for our lives. If he has not appointed you to a position then why would you decide to snatch up the mantle and walk down a road which has not been ordained for you? Think about this, Moshe laid his hands upon Yehoshua. Lest we forget the elegance and fervor of Eliyahu tossing his cloak upon Elisha. These were appointments at Yehovah’s direction and I do not think Pomp and Circumstance was playing in the background.
When He has not given you the grace to fulfil that assignment, yet you step into it, you will be held responsible for those you impact. Even Yeshua said He was about His Father’s business, not in everyone else’s business so stay in your lane. Ephesians 4:11-13 states, “He gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers for the perfecting of the holy ones (You and Me) to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Messiah until we ALL attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yehovah.” We need to respect other people’s ministry because we do not know what costs they have paid to get where they are. Think of it like this “Don’t hate just because you don’t want to participate.” Remember being a leader does not make you or anyone closer to Yehovah. His gifts are without repentance and where Yehovah leads, you will succeed if you walk in His righteousness.
Thirdly, I Chronicles 16:22 clearly states “Don’t touch my anointed ones, Do my prophets no harm.” We need to give honor where honor is due. If it grieves my spirit to hear something slanderous about someone I know and respect, how much more does it grieve Yehovah himself? Numbers 3:3 states “These are the names of the sons of Aharon, the Kohanim who were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the Kohen’s office.” That plainly states who was anointed for the position and were set aside for something special and specific. There is more than enough room at His table, but you still need to wait on Him. He knows when you are ready. He is seldom early, never late, but He is always on time.
When we choose to speak against those Yehovah has anointed and appointed, we are choosing to question in authority. There comes a time, when we need to accept the fact that He knows exactly what He is doing. David recognized and honored the anointing upon Shaul. I Samuel 24:6 shows us this “He said to his men, Yehovah forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, Yehovah’s anointed, to put forth my hand against him, seeing he is Yehovah’s anointed.” I Samuel 26 has more reminders in the event of memory lapse.
There is a way which seems right unto a man and we all know where that leads. Many are called, but few are chosen. Why are they not chosen? Could it be because they are all talk and no action? Or maybe speak out of both sides of their mouth? We disqualify our own selves by our actions or lack thereof. It is our character that carries us when our giftings don’t. So, what is your character screaming? It pretty much boils down to this a quote by good ole Madea Simms, “When people show you who they are, believe them.” This goes for us too.