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This weeks’ Parsha, ‘Korah’, is a benchmark in the continuing saga of rebellion that began among the leadership in last weeks’ portion regarding the 10 Spies. It is not an accident that each case receives the death penalty. The 10 (And all those above 20 years old who affirm them) are marked for death for slandering the land: Numbers 14:36. While Korah’s group slander Moshe and Aaron. Let’s look at the Hebrew word for slander: • Slander, #1681, dibbah, generally translated as ‘to slander, an evil report’. However, it is cognate with #1684, debah, which infers to offer a sacrifice. Ironically, the earth/land is the Altar of YHVH and thus, their rejection of the Land reveals a specific rebellion hinting at the rejection of the Lamb who had been offered for their redemption, (and since the Levites had no Land as an inheritance) it would seem Korahs’ rebellion erupts out of the jealousy and resentment of being given YHVH as an inheritance rather than a physical land grant! Effectively denying the dowry of the Bride. Korah plunges further by rejecting Moshe, Messiah/Husband the “One from Whom Water – Torah is drawn” and Aaron “The Light –Seed/Carrier Bride. Is this a rejection of the Marriage Covenant? Let’s look a bit further. This is the 38th Torah portion of the year. 38 connects us to #1540, galah, to uncover the nakedness of, which is a euphemism for sexual relations. By rejecting the marriage covenant Korah’s group is uncovering themselves, lewdly exposing themselves and the camp (spiritually) before the enemy! There seems to be a pattern developing here where YHVH is revealing the generational sins resonant in these individuals. So, let’s look at the lineage of Korah and those complicit with him: Dathan & Abiram. • Korah, #7141, Qorach, translated, ‘bald’. Baldness in its’ ordinary since does not make one ritually unclean. So, what’s the purpose of this reference? The Sages teach that he intentionally made himself bald, he shaved himself after the fashion of the priests of Egypt, thus prostituting his office. Curiously, another cognate of Korah is #7137, qareh, a masc. noun indicating a temporary sickness, referring to a nocturnal emission of semen at night which would render him unclean. *Remember this. The gematria of
this word is 308, the same as #954, boos, which means to be made a shame, is again, also connected to sexual relations. Do you see the number 38 – galah here? • Izhar, #3324, Yitshar, translated shining oil, anointed with oil. (Oil in Hebrew is Shemen, from which we get semen – seed). It can infer that which newly appears and is thus connected to the Yod-Tzade root, to burst forth, blossom, to bloom. While the Hey-Resh means to reveal the Head. The gematria of this word is also interesting: 305, tying us to #6190, `orlah, meaning foreskin, that which is circumcised. • Kohath, #6955, Qĕhath, generally translated as ‘assembly’, to ally oneself. Most believe it should be rendered obedience. • Levi, #3878, Leviy, joined to. He is the 3rd son of Leah, #3812, Le'ah to be weary, to be faint, and to be loathed. The definitions of these names reveal that Korahs’ lineage was one earmarked by a bitter, jealous, rivalry with Moshe & Aaron. Leading to the prostitution of Korah to the Fallen Gods of Egypt, his subsequent unclean condition brings the shame of a perverted relationship that result in his circumcision (cutting off) from the ONE who he loathed to be joined to! What about their cohorts? • Dathan, #1885, Dathan, rendered, ‘belonging to a fountain’, it is famously translated Dothan – two wells – the place where Joseph’s brothers are found instead of Shechem! Wells indicate a source of knowledge/water. The Dalet-Tav root here means knowledge as well. When the Nun suffix is added it indicates the root is diminished. Dathans’ character was that of one who diminished the knowledge of the Fountain [Living Waters]. Fittingly, the final letter here is the Nun, which represents life and its seed and all that pertains. Jer. 17:13 O YHVH, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, [and] they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the YHVH, the fountain of living waters.
Counting the letters here in Jer. 17:13 (62) connects us to the Hebrew word zonah, which means whore, prostitute. Back to the names… • Abirim, #48, 'Abiyram, ‘my father is exalted’. It is not coincidental that spelled backwards, it is almost identical to Meribah #4809, Mĕriybah, the place of strife and contention where Israel complains about the lack of water! • On, #203, 'Own, wealth, strength, and vigor. Manhood or generative powers. The Metaphoric language of these last 3 names point to a rejection of the Living Waters – The Seed of YHVH – while looking to another as the source of generative or procreative powers. Korah Took…? II. As you can see a trend is developing and these names reveal the destiny of those involved. To add further intrigue, the first verse is grammatically unsound. The verse ends with the verb ‘took’, without revealing a subject: Took what, whom? The word ‘Men’ which follows is added by the translators. Looking in the Hebrew seems to remedy our problem. Remember a words’ meaning is most determined from its context. • Took, #3947, laqach, to seize, to take a wife, to take possession of. It
has a gematria of 138 the same as #2610, #2611, chaneph, to profane, defile, to pollute. This verb is seen in Numbers 35: 33 where Israel is warned about polluting – chaneph the land by shedding blood, which land can only be cleansed by the shedding of the blood of the original offender. Israel, like Adam, had a bloodguilt, without the shedding of blood there would be no remission of sin. In their rebellion, these men reject the blood of the Lamb/Messiah and thus must have their own blood shed. Another connection is seen in the word (#2557) chametz, leavened – also, that which is gained by violence and wrong. Again, it would seem that having celebrated Pesach, these men would understand the spiritual significance of the “Bread of Affliction” that all men must eat because of the leaven of our flesh. Yahshua becomes that Bread for us, tasting death in order to redeem us. Thus, we should have NO leaven in us! Yet, Korah, Dathan, Abirim and On, along with the others involve, introduce sin into the camp – rejecting the
Bread of Affliction, Yahshua! *Note the spelling of chametz in reverse: Tzade, Mem, Chet – spells Tsemach, which means BRANCH! It also indicates that which is growing, springing forth, sprouting! Israel - by Proxy, through these men, rejects the Righteous Branch and His Seed which has been growing, sprouting within them. The womb is judged! 250 accomplices! III. As usual, the numbers give more insight. For instance, Numbers 16: 1 has 58 letters tying us to Nun-Chet, Noah and Chet-Nun, Chen – Grace by obedience. Verse 2 has 60 letters, the difference being 2 – Bet, the House or Bride. 60 on the other hand is the gematria of #5110, nuwd, which means a vagabond or fugitive and is first seen connected with Cain, the original ‘Serpents’ Seed’. Progressively, they tell us the House is being weighed in this process and either will find grace by obedience or by their rebellion, become vagabonds, which is exactly the result here! Now, there’s another prominent number in verse 2: 250. The Hebrew letters used to write this number are Resh-Nun, Roan, translated as a song of jubilation or celebration. It can also infer to be overcome as one who is under the influence of wine, who staggers, not fully alert, or in a stupor. Spelled backwards, Nun-Resh means a lamp or light. How can one charged with Priestly obligations who should lead the camp in jubilation before YHVH and who handles the eternal light, the Menorah, allow themselves to be intoxicated with the stupefying power of rebellion? It is fitting that Moshe charges them to bring the Tabernacle censors before the Tent, the most intimate of the priestly duties in order to expose the genuine! *Note this word ‘censor’: • Censor, #4289, machtah, a snuff holder or fire pan. It can also mean destruction, ruin, and terror. From the root Chatat, to be broken. It is used most often in a fig. sense to indicate the ruin of the foolish. Machtah has a gematria of 453, the same as that of , breath of life. Man lives in terror of that breath being snuffed out, yet Messiah died so that we could live and waving the censor before YHVH serves as a reminder of that eternal flame, the Lamp/Light of the world the Candle of YHVH that lives in us! If you recall, the rebellion was against Moshe and Aaron, with Korah against Aaron with the 250 and Dathan and Abirim against Moshe.
These censors were used by the High Priest to offer incense in the Holiest of Holies, thus it is a test to see who the genuine choice is for High Priest. These men are impostors. The word for incense, #7004, qĕtoreth, smoke, incense, that part of a sacrifice being burned, can also infer to be joined to, as in a hip joint, etc. that enable one to stand upright. Israel – Yishar’el (Those who stand upright before El) had to remain in Covenant – Joined to, by a LEVI (Joined to) representing Messiah! A false priest hood would join them to the Fallen One! This was what leaving Egypt was all about! This “dual” rebellion leads to two distinct judgments: #1. Against Moshe: The earth opens and swallows Dathan and Abirim and their houses. These men are sons of Eliab, #446, 'Eliy'ab, “My Father is El”. It has a gematria of 44, the same as Dam – Blood and Teleh – lamb! (My Father will provide the [Blood] of the Lamb). Eliab was the son of Reuben – Behold a Son. Reuben had defiled his father Jacob’s bed, just like Adam who became unfit to offer himself as the lamb. Hence, the necessity for the Last Adam: The earth opens her mouth to swallow the 250 into the pit, #7585, shĕ'owl, underworld, grave, hell. The origin of this word is Sha’al, to ask, inquire, to demand, to inquire at the mouth of. Moshe is the Mouth of YHVH. She’owl is spelled exactly like Saul, meaning: “asked for”. Israel is judged for not inquiring at the Mouth of YHVH, the opposite is the gaping mouth of Sheowl, death. These men thus get what they asked for! Ironically, Yahshua goes down into the bowels of the earth and since death cannot hold Him, returns. #2. Against Aaron: Korah and the 250. The consuming fire of YHVH destroys these men who represent an adulterous bride of the priestly lineage who must be destroyed by fire, just like Nadab & Abihu, and finally (Rev. 19: 20, 20:10) the False Prophet and the Beast along with Satan! Though YHVH originally had declared all Israel to be a Nation of Priests (Ex. 19:6) as rightly asserted by Korah, because Israel had engaged in Adultery with the Golden Calf, Levi alone is chosen as the Firstborn who would belong to YHVH. This group, who had escaped the destruction of drinking the bitter waters of the Golden Calf, now is destroyed by fire. This same pattern is there for us. Yahshua drank for us, if we, like these 250, reject Him; we will be burned with fire! (Rev. 18:4). In closing, what can we learn from Korah? Rebellion has a price – death. It comes from the Hebrew word, #5627, carah, a defection or apostasy, and is related to the ‘New Testament’ term – great falling away – and in 1Sam. 15:23,
witchcraft, #7081, qecem, divination, the root of which originally inferred to divide, to cut, to distribute. Therefore, should we engage in rumor mongering, spreading gossip that genders strife – division, then we fall into the category defined in Prov. 6:16 – 19 and the 7 abominable things that YHVH hates: These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: Pro 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, Pro 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, Pro 6:19 A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. Shalom to those who will hear.