Parsha Korach: Numbers 16:1-18:32, 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22

To our 9:00 am Shabbat Ark of Prayer and the Mishpacha within,

This week’s parsha is Korach: Numbers 16:1-18:32, 1Samuel 11:14-12:22

parsha is Korach: Numbers 16:1-18:32, 1Samuel 11:14-12:22

The three stories in this parsha illustrate the priority of Aaron’s priesthood in God’s leadership of his people, the Israelites. G-d made it clear that Aaron was His chosen spiritual leader. Proper worship of G-d could only come through Aaron’s high priesthood.

As so often happens in congregations, someone who feels discontented, slighted, or jealous, builds an army to back him up and then takes on the leader.

Some years ago the Southern Baptist Convention reported that their pastors, on average, were at a congregation about 2 years before moving on. This is barely enough time to become familiar with the issues and G-d’s priorities for a congregation.

My observation is that their pastors move on because the congregation, and especially the leadership, stops being willing to follow.

Whether at work, at home or in a congregation, unity behind goals and methods are a prerequisite to a successful and harmonious completion of projects and tasks. In the absence of sin or serious incompetence, what remains is preference.

I believe it is my job, as a follower, to support the leader’s preferences as G-d has placed them in that position and over me. I believe if I can not follow, cheerfully and wholeheartedly, then it is time for me to quietly move on.

But even slandered by Korah, his opposition, we see Moses and Aaron “pleading” with G-d to spare the lives of the wider community who had allowed themselves to be “stirred up” by Korah and joined his cause. Even though angry, hurt and underactive assault, what an example Moses and Aaron set for us as they attempt to find reconciliation with G-d for those not at the core of the sin.

In so far as I choose opposition, ridicule and unrelenting criticism and denigration towards others, my life withers and is consumed by anger and bitterness. But when I choose, support, patience, encouragement and silence, my life blossoms and is made fuller, more peaceful and productive.

As with Moses and Aaron, we see in a similar sense our Rabbi, doing much the same during conflict which is common to any family or congregation. He often “pleads” with the party’s to take the higher road and to reconcile. This is an example I try to emulate and hope you do as well.

I’m in Israel today and hope you’ll pray for me to be G-d’s light in the Land and to seek the “golden path” with optimism in your life and the life of the Temple.

As you are able, I hope you’ll join the 9:00 am Shabbat prayer session.

Blessings to you and yours.

Your brother in Yeshua in the TEVA TEFILAH,

Kurt

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