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Who was  Korah ?

He was the son of Izhar and a first cousin of Moses and Aaron

(Ex. 6:20-21)
20 And Amram took him Jochebed his father’s sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years.
21 And the sons of Izhar; Korah, and Nepheg, and Zichri.

He was equal in rank with Aaron within the tribe of Levi.

1 Chron. 9:17-19

17 And the porters were, Shallum, and Akkub, and Talmon, and Ahiman, and their brethren: Shallum was the chief;
18 Who hitherto waited in the king’s gate eastward: they were porters in the companies of the children of Levi.
19 And Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his brethren, of the house of his father, the Korahites, were over the work of the service, keepers of the gates of the tabernacle: and their fathers, being over the host of the LORD, were keepers of the entry.

1 Chron 9:31
31 And Mattithiah, one of the Levites, who was the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, had the set office over the things that were made in the pans.

He was A Levite Gatekeeper “porter” His descendants were ministers of things in the temple.

He was Influential well known religious leader among his tribe. Korah’s position as leader in this rebellion was evidently the result of his personal character, which was that of a bold, haughty and ambitious man. He was associated in the Bible along with the sins of Cain and Balaam.

Jude 1:8-12
8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

What they did: Korah (along with Abiram and Dathan) conspired with some two hundred and fifty tribal leaders to challenge the authority of Moses and the priestly leadership of Aaron.

Complaints/Doctrines of Korah

Numbers 16:3
3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

Numbers 16:13
13 Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?

They teach against authority and submission:

All the congregation is holy (priesthood of the believers).  Moses and Aaron have kept the priesthood to themselves (excluding them the office of the priesthood, and their being confined—those among them who were Levites—to the inferior service of the tabernacle).

Moses has failed to bring Israel to the Promised Land .   Korah's associates had their own idea as to how long they should take to get to the Promised Land.

Observations of those who operate in the spirit of Korah:

· They are well liked, persuasive, have charisma and an anointing on their life (Similar to Absalom). An irony is that many times what they say is accurate and sounds normal in the natural, but their underlying motives are wrong.

· Most times they are spiritual in what they say but are often hyper-spiritual or have a religious spirit. This “spirituality” is a cover to cause people to not question their motives, doctrine or methods.

· They want others to submit to them but they are not willing to submit themselves to authority (i.e., husbands who expect wives to submit but are not submitted themselves are hypocrites and abusive of scriptural teachings on submission)

· They do not like change – they want to restore the old order of things.

· 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.


Luke 7:7-10
7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

Numbers 16:8-9
8 And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:
9 Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?

· They lack understanding of the workings of God and they  are discontent with their position.

· They are jealous: Korah apparently was jealous that Aaron held the position of high priest.

Numbers 16:11
11 For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?

Numbers 16:14
14 Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.

Although he has a lot of people in his corner, Moses reminds Korah and company they are really speaking against God. 

The Spirit of Korah are critical of but not accountable to an assembly. They will often not show up at the regular assembly, inconsistent in attendance. They have a tendency to draw back or quit when they don’t get their way, or in control, are challenged.

Methods of the Spirit  Korah

Numbers 16:1-3
1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

· They will try to get others to rise up against someone in leadership.

· 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.

· 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.

· They place themselves and their counsel above leadership and the assembly. They will often meet in unsponsored home groups or fellowships, using this as a platform for their agenda, knowing there will be no accountability in this setting.

Excuses people make for the Spirit of Korah:

· He/She has good in them.

· They want to help the church be a success.

· They mean well. They are spiritual.

· They are intelligent, professional people, successful in business.

· They are family oriented – leaders of their families.

· They are so gifted. He came from another church and brought many people with him. He was highly intelligent, spiritual, a leader in the business field, and was easily accepted.

When the church resisted their  efforts to become a “User Friendly” church, so that it would possibly attract more numbers (be successful as he envisioned), he or she resigned their position and they  leave the church and take  people who came with them. 

He/she appeared to want the church to succeed, but came with an agenda.

Characteristics of the Spirit of Korah:

· Seeking the overthrow of a leader.

· Disrupting the leader’s ability to effectively lead.

· Grumbling against a leader or his methods.

· Causing dissension or division among the flock.

· A spirit of defiance.

· A backlog of un-confessed offenses in the church
Pride - in the form of actively seeking a place of leadership in the "spotlight". 

· Suggesting that a leader is not needed or is unworthy to lead.

· Enticing others to follow rebellious suggestion.


The spirit of Korah will bring destruction to individuals, families, businesses, and churches. Be careful of how you let people affect you. Korah inspired even the leaders who should have been the "watchmen."  Ask yourself If you are easily swayed by influential people Seek God for a gift of discerning of spirits.

Beware of the spirit of murmuring and complaining. It could stop you from entering your promised land. Stop blaming your former church, pastor, or leaders for your problem. Mark those who cause division.

Romans 16:17
17 “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.”

We must be aware!

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