Bible Study Outline on the Rebellion of Korah
Korah, Dathan and Abiram was involved in a rebellion against Moses. They argued with Moses that he is not the only one qualified to lead the Israelite as they claim that everyone else in the assembly is holy. Korah was proud and he thought he could be a better leader than Moses. Moses was angry when he heard Korah’s argument and he told him and his followers to put burning coals and incense in censers before the Lord in the next morning and God will show who is the one he has chosen to be holy. This made the Lord very angry and he open up the earth which swallows Korah, Dathan and Abiram and those that are associated with them.
God is all knowing and he knows which one is the right person to do his job. You don’t have to tell God or prove to him that you are qualified for doing his job. God is not interested in choosing the popular people to do his job. Korah, may be a qualified leader but he is arrogant and vain glory. Korah wanted to promote himself to become the leader of Israel so he rebel against Moses.
The leaders that God called are humble and look after the parish with care. They have good understanding of the bible so that they can preach the word correctly and lead the parish in the right path. False prophets are not called by God but they, like Korah, self promote themselves, by preaching false doctrines. They are like wolves disguising in sheep’s clothing, who had come to deceive the flock and lead them away from the shepherd, Jesus Christ.
Vain glory is a sin that Christian leaders often get trapped into. It is easy to be proud when you are doing very well in your ministry. However, we must remember to always be humble and know that it is Jesus who gives us our successes. We must attribute all our successes to God and give him all the glory instead of glorifying ourselves. Many famous evangelists who used to be faithful to God when they just started out have become arrogant and selfish and materialistic. We must take care not to let pride enter into our hearts as they can cause us to walk away from Christ.
Christians must not be proud and be willing to associate with those in the low social position. Jesus had a successful ministry because he always humble himself and put God’s will first in his life. God exalts the humble but he will bring low the proud.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15 KJV)
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: (1 Peter 1:14 KJV)
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29 KJV)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (1 John 5:3 KJV)
but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here. (John 14:31 KJV)
Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” (John 8:54 KJV)
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3 KJV)
Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24 KJV)
But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. (Exodus 23:22 KJV)
I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, (Psalm 119:44 KJV)
For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses. (2 Kings 18:6 KJV)
I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. (Psalm 119:60 KJV)
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 18:1-5 KJV)