THE SPIRIT OF KORAH
Sermon shared by Teddy Walker
Summary: Korahs rebellion against Moses
Audience: General adults
6. They dislike organization charts. Some people claim they will only submit to the pastor, but not to delegated authority. If you can’t submit to delegated authority, you can’t submit to God.
7. They lack understanding of the workings of God.
8. They are discontent with their position.
Numbers 16:8-9 Then Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi: "Is it a small thing to you that the God of
Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the work of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to serve them; “
9. They are jealous: Korah apparently was jealous that Aaron held the position of high priest.
10. Although he has a lot of people in his corner, Moses reminds Korah and company they are really speaking against God.
Numbers 16:11 "Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against the Lord.”
11. They are critical of but not accountable to an assembly. They will often not show up at the regular assembly, inconsistent in attendance.
Numbers 16:14 … We will not come up!"
12. They have a tendency to draw back or quit when they don’t get their way, or in control, are challenged, or given preeminence.
Methods of Korah
1. They will try to get others to rise up against someone in leadership.
Numbers 16:1-3 “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 men; and they rose up before Moses with some of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, representatives of the congregation, men of renown. They gathered together against Moses and Aaron.”
2. They will campaign for their own ideas and recruit others to help them. Before approaching leadership they will create a groundswell of opinion in their favor, so that if their method, doctrine, etc., is not chosen the leadership will appear to be the fools. They try to create an atmosphere of intimidation, putting a leader in a corner, making it difficult to say no.
3. They are critical of leaders’ weaknesses or lack of “success” in church. This came before Moses was told by his father-in-law, Jethro (who was trying to help him), that he was doing too much (Exodus 17-18). Moses then made changes in leadership structure and
positioned himself to become a better leader.
4. They place themselves and their counsel above leadership and the assembly. They will often meet in unsponsored home groups or dinner parties, fellowships, using this as a platform for their agenda, knowing there will be no accountability in this setting.
□ Unless there is deep repentance, they become troublesome and worthless to the body of Christ the rest of their life.
□ Incur the wrath of God
□ Affect the majority for evil
People think nothing about talking about other Christians, even pastors, evangelist
and teachers, but because God is the same yesterday, today and forever, there are
consequences. We may not always agree with every thing others say, but we are not
to talk about them. The internet has become a dumping ground with gossip about
many leaders, don’t fall into that trap of carrying on this way
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