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Ascension Day! The
42nd day of the Omer
Iyyar 26, 5781 /
For fifty days, from the Passover to
Firstfruits, the future bride is maturing and counting the days.
“Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, ruler of the universe, Who has sanctified us
by His Word, and instructed us to count the omer. Today is the forty-second day
of the Omer. It is the sixth week of the Omer.”
– Lev 23:15-16
Qorah / Korah (a Levite)
SCRIPTURES should be read first
Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with
Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of
Reuben (the firstborn of Jacob), took action, 2 and they rose
up before Moses, together with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred
and fifty leaders of the congregation, chosen in the assembly, men of renown.
3 They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them,
"You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them,
and Yahweh is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly
(qehal: synagogue, church) of Yahweh?"
Num 12:3 --
(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the
the people had complained about various supposed “needs”, such as food, or
water, or a different kind of leader. We need to see how we are naturally like
these people. But in today’s portion, the problem is that other Levites wish to
usurp Moses’ position. This also is a serious kind of problem in our religious
“Aaron and his sons were
designated to replace the firstborn as the only ones who would perform the
sacrificial service. This angered Korah, who himself was a firstborn (see Exodus
6:21), and it was easy for him to enlist two hundred and fifty leaders of the
assembly, who were also firstborn. Dathan, Abiram, and On were from the tribe of
Reuben, which had its own reason for resentment, having lost its privileged
firstborn status to the offspring of Joseph (see Genesis 48:5).” Other Levites
may have been upset at having been relegated to be mere assistants of the
“Korah’s rebellion took place after the incident of the spies, because the
people were resentful of the decree that everyone over twenty would die in the
Wilderness. Korah’s own resentment began earlier, when Aaron was made Kohen
Gadol (see v.10), or when their cousin Elizaphan son of Uzziel was placed in
charge of the Kohathite family (3:30), thus making him Korah’s superior, and
giving him a position Korah felt should have been his.”
Today, we have
multitudes of people who say that God has called them to preach, and that they
have the Holy Spirit – giving them the ability to discern truth. However, the
majority does not have the least basic understanding of the Bible, but proclaim
their own ideas, or the ideas of their teachers – and these “Holy-Spirit-led”
people can’t even agree between themselves. God said: “If they speak not
according to this Word – the Torah and its attestation – it is because there is
no light in them” – Isaiah 8:20. In other words, a preacher who puts himself
above Moses, is in the place of Korah! The same is true for those who put
themselves above Yeshua, of whom Moses prophesied: “A prophet . . . like me,
unto Him you shall hearken” – Deuteronomy 18:15.
had made intercession when the people worshipped the golden calf, when they
complained without justification, and when they believed their spies rather than
fell on his face; then, he told Korah and company that God would show, in the
morning, whom He had chosen for His own (the Levites who replaced the
firstborn), and whom He had made holy (the Kohen Gadol had been chosen by God;
it was not up to Moses or Korah). Moses appealed in various ways for the rebels
to acknowledge God, but they stubbornly refused.
for us are: we should appeal for leaders to acknowledge God, and we should pray
for those who are misled.
Leviticus 10, after fire from Yahweh had burned the offerings presented by
Aaron, Nadab and Abihu brought offerings with their own fire, and then fire from
Yahweh came forth and consumed Nadab and Abihu. So also now, this incense
offering will be used to show whom God has chosen.
and Abiram dared refer to Egypt in the terms God used for the Promised Land:
“flowing with milk and honey”, and accused Moses of bringing the people out to
die in the Wilderness. They refused Moses’ summon, saying “We shall not go up”,
and God ultimately brought their words to pass in their destruction, for they
descended alive into the pit (v.33).
initial rebellion was limited to Korah and a group of distinguished leaders,
they spread doubt among the congregation. Note that causing others to sin is
even worse than one’s own sin.
summoned Aaron as well as Korah and company to offer incense, so that God could
distinguish between them. Korah then had all the congregation gather at the
Yahweh’s glory appeared to all the congregation, and He told Moses and Aaron to
get away so that He could destroy the congregation in an instant. But Moses and
Aaron interceded for the congregation, after which Yahweh told Moses to get the
people away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Moses told the
congregation that they would now see that God was making the choices; it was not
of Moses’ desire or doing.
opened beneath Korah and his followers, swallowing them up with their families.
Then, as previously with Nadab and Abihu, fire from Yahweh came forth and
consumed the two-hundred-fifty who were offereing incense.
next day the entire congregation complained that Moses and Aaron had killed
God’s people! Once again, God told Moses and Aaron to get away, and the people
would be consumed in an instant. And, again, Moses and Aaron made intercession.
But a plague was gone out – from the presence of Yahweh! – and fourteen-thousand
people died before Aaron could take his fire-pan and stand between the dead and
continually are rebuked by those who do not undertake to learn and understand
Scripture, but promote their own feelings for doctrine. “These men speak evil
of things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by
instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed. Woe to
them! For they . . . perish in the rebellion of Korah.
(V.24-25) “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you
stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our
Savior, through Yeshua the Messiah our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and
authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots
will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of Yahweh will rest on Him, the spirit
of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of
knowledge and the fear of Yahweh.
3 And He will delight in the fear of
Yahweh, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what
His ears hear; 4 But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and
decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the
earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay
the wicked.5 Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and
faithfulness the belt about His waist.
6 And the wolf will dwell with the
lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the
young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy will lead them. 7
Also the cow and the bear will graze, their young will lie down together, and
the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child will play by
the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper's
den. 9 They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the
earth will be full of the knowledge of Yahweh as the waters cover the sea.
10 Then in that day the nations will
resort to the root of Jesse, Who will stand as a signal for the peoples; and His
resting place will be glorious.
At that time the man who is called the Root from Jesse's family line will be
like a banner that brings nations together. They will come to him. And the place
where he rules will be glorious.
In that day the heir to David's throne will be a banner of salvation to all the
world. The nations will rally to him, and the land where he lives will be a
11 Then it will happen on that day
that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of
His people, who will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar,
Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And He will lift up a
standard for the nations and assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will
gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. 13
Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart, and those who harass Judah will be cut
off; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, and Judah will not harass Ephraim.
14 They will swoop down on the slopes
of the Philistines on the west; together they will plunder the sons of the east;
they will possess Edom and Moab, and the sons of Ammon will be subject to them.
15 And Yahweh will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt;
and He will wave His hand over the River with His scorching wind; and He will
strike it into seven streams and make men walk over dry-shod. 16
And there will be a highway from Assyria for the remnant of His people who will
be left, just as there was for Israel in the day that they came up out of the
land of Egypt.
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who chose us from among all peoples by
giving us Your Torah.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, giver of the
1 Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of
Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons
of Reuben, took action, 2 and they rose up before Moses, together
with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the
congregation, chosen in the assembly, men of renown. 3 They assembled
together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "You have gone far enough,
for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and Yahweh is in their
midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of Yahweh?" 4
When Moses heard this, he fell on his face; 5 and he spoke to Korah
and all his company, saying, "Tomorrow morning Yahweh will show who is His, and
who is holy, and will bring him near to Himself; even the one whom He will
choose, He will bring near to Himself. 6 "Do this: take censers for
yourselves, Korah and all your company, 7 and put fire in them, and
lay incense upon them in the presence of Yahweh tomorrow; and the man whom
Yahweh chooses shall be the one who is holy. You have gone far enough, you sons
8 Then Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi,
9 is it not enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from
the rest of the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the
service of the tabernacle of Yahweh, and to stand before the congregation to
minister to them; 10 and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all
your brothers, sons of Levi, with you? And are you seeking for the priesthood
also? 11 "Therefore you and all your company are gathered together
against Yahweh; but as for Aaron, who is he that you grumble against him?"
12 Then Moses sent a summons to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but
they said, "We will not come up. 13 "Is it not enough that you have
brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the
wilderness, but you would also lord it over us? 14 "Indeed, you have
not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an
inheritance of fields and vineyards. Would you put out the eyes of these men? We
will not come up!"
15 Then Moses became very angry and said to Yahweh, "Do not
regard their offering! I have not taken a single donkey from them, nor have I
done harm to any of them." 16 Moses said to Korah, "You and all your
company be present before Yahweh tomorrow, both you and they along with Aaron.
17 "Each of you take his firepan and put incense on it, and each of
you bring his censer before Yahweh, two hundred and fifty firepans; also you and
Aaron shall each bring his firepan." 18 So they each took his own
censer and put fire on it, and laid incense on it; and they stood at the doorway
of the tent of meeting, with Moses and Aaron. 19 Thus Korah assembled
all the congregation against them at the doorway of the tent of meeting. And the
glory of Yahweh appeared to all the congregation.
20 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 21
"Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them
instantly." 22 But they fell on their faces and said, "O God, God of
the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will You be angry with the entire
congregation?" 23 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 24
"Speak to the congregation, saying, 'Get back from around the dwellings of Korah,
Dathan and Abiram.'" 25 Then Moses arose and went to Dathan and
Abiram, with the elders of Israel following him, 26 and he spoke to
the congregation, saying, "Depart now from the tents of these wicked men, and
touch nothing that belongs to them, or you will be swept away in all their sin."
27 So they got back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and
Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the doorway of their tents,
along with their wives and their sons and their little ones.
28 Moses said, "By this you shall know that Yahweh has sent me
to do all these deeds; for this is not my doing. 29 "If these men die
the death of all men or if they suffer the fate of all men, then Yahweh has not
sent me. 30 "But if Yahweh brings about an entirely new thing and the
ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they
descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned
Yahweh." 31 As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that
was under them split open; 32 and the earth opened its mouth and
swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah
with their possessions. 33 So they and all that belonged to them went
down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the
midst of the assembly. 34 All Israel who were around them fled at
their outcry, for they said, "The earth may swallow us up!"
35 Fire also came forth from Yahweh and consumed the two
hundred and fifty men who were offering the incense. 36 Then Yahweh
spoke to Moses, saying, 37 "Say to Eleazar, the son of Aaron the
priest, that he shall take up the censers out of the midst of the blaze, for
they are holy; and you scatter the burning coals abroad. 38 "As for
the censers of these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be
made into hammered sheets for a plating of the altar, since they did present
them before Yahweh and they are holy; and they shall be for a sign to the sons
of Israel." 39 So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers which
the men who were burned had offered, and they hammered them out as a plating for
the altar, 40 as a reminder to the sons of Israel that no layman who
is not of the descendants of Aaron should come near to burn incense before
Yahweh; so that he will not become like Korah and his company-- just as Yahweh
had spoken to him through Moses.
41 But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of
Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron, saying, "You are the ones who have
caused the death of Yahweh'S people." 42 It came about, however, when
the congregation had assembled against Moses and Aaron, that they turned toward
the tent of meeting, and behold, the cloud covered it and the glory of Yahweh
appeared. 43 Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of
meeting, 44 and Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 45 "Get
away from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly." Then they
fell on their faces. 46 Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer and
put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to
the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone forth from
Yahweh, the plague has begun!" 47 Then Aaron took it as Moses had
spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun
among the people. So he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.
48 He took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the
plague was checked. 49 But those who died by the plague were 14,700,
besides those who died on account of Korah. 50 Then Aaron returned to
Moses at the doorway of the tent of meeting, for the plague had been checked.
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who in giving us Yeshua, the Living
Torah, has planted everlasting life in our midst.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, giver of the
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who selected good prophets, delighting
in their words which were spoken truthfully.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, Who chose the
Torah, Your servant Moses, Your people Israel,
and the prophets of truth and
1 Samuel 11
Amen. 1 Now Nahash the Ammonite came up and besieged
Jabesh-gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, "Make a covenant with
us and we will serve you." 2 But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, "I
will make it with you on this condition, that I will gouge out the right eye of
every one of you, thus I will make it a reproach on all Israel." 3
The elders of Jabesh said to him, "Let us alone for seven days, that we may send
messengers throughout the territory of Israel. Then, if there is no one to
deliver us, we will come out to you." 4 Then the messengers came to
Gibeah of Saul and spoke these words in the hearing of the people, and all the
people lifted up their voices and wept. 5 Now behold, Saul was coming
from the field behind the oxen, and he said, "What is the matter with the people
that they weep?" So they related to him the words of the men of Jabesh. 6
Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily when he heard these words, and he
became very angry. 7 He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces,
and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers,
saying, "Whoever does not come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be
done to his oxen." Then the dread of Yahweh fell on the people, and they came
out as one man. 8 He numbered them in Bezek; and the sons of Israel
were 300,000, and the men of Judah 30,000.
Amen. 9 They said to the messengers who had come, "Thus you
shall say to the men of Jabesh-gilead, 'Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot,
you will have deliverance.'" So the messengers went and told the men of Jabesh;
and they were glad. 10 Then the men of Jabesh said, "Tomorrow we will
come out to you, and you may do to us whatever seems good to you." 11
The next morning Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the
midst of the camp at the morning watch and struck down the Ammonites until the
heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were
left together. 12 Then the people said to Samuel, "Who is he that
said, 'Shall Saul reign over us?' Bring the men, that we may put them to death."
13 But Saul said, "Not a man shall be put to death this day, for
today Yahweh has accomplished deliverance in Israel." 14 Then Samuel
said to the people, "Come and let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there."
15 So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king
before Yahweh in Gilgal. There they also offered sacrifices of peace offerings
before Yahweh; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
Amen. 1 Jude, a bond-servant of Yeshua the Messiah, and
brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and
kept for Yeshua the Messiah: 2 May mercy and peace and love be
multiplied to you. 3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to
write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you
appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed
down to the saints. 4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed,
those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons
who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and
Lord, Yeshua the Messiah. 5 Now I desire to remind you, though you
know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the
land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe. 6
And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode,
He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day,
7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they
in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange
flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.
8 Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh,
and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. 9 But Michael the
archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses,
did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, "The Lord
Amen. 10 But these men revile the things which they do not
understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning
animals, by these things they are destroyed. 11 Woe to them! For they
have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error
of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. 12 These are the
men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without
fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds;
autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of
the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the
black darkness has been reserved forever. 14 It was also about these
men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying,
"Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to
execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly
deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which
ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." 16 These are grumblers,
finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly,
flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.
Amen. 17 But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that
were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, 18
that they were saying to you, "In the last time there will be mockers, following
after their own ungodly lusts." 19 These are the ones who cause
divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved,
building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of
our Lord Yeshua the Messiah to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on
some, who are doubting; 23 save others, snatching them out of the
fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the
flesh. 24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to
make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 25
to the only God our Savior, through Yeshua the Messiah our Lord, be glory,
majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
"Blessed are You, Yahweh
our God, King of the Universe,
Rock of Ages, righteous
throughout all generations.
You are the faithful God,
promising and then performing, speaking and then fulfilling,
for all Your words are true
Faithful are You, Yahweh
our God, and faithful are Your words,
for no word of Yours shall
You are a faithful and
merciful God and King.
Blessed are You, Yahweh our
God, Who are faithful in fulfilling all Your words."