Welcome to Torah portion Korach
Korach means Korah
Scripture passage: Numbers 16:1-18:32
Read Aloud from My First Torah
YHVH kept showing the Children of Israel how to obey.
But some of them still chose to disobey.
Korah, from the tribe of Levi, gathered 250 men and went to speak against Moses and Aaron.
They thought Moses was putting himself above other people.
Moses fell on his face and prayed to YHVH.
YHVH decided to show the people who He chose to speak to.
All the men that spoke against Moses were told to come to the Tabernacle with their firepans.
Moses did not understand why the Levites were so unhappy.
They had been chosen to care for the Tabernacle, a very important job.
But they were not satisfied with that.
Dathan and Abiram also spoke out against Moses and Aaron, but they refused to come to the Tabernacle.
They blamed Moses for not going into the Promised Land, and for wandering in the wilderness.
The next day, Korah and the other 250 men, and Aaron, all brought their firepans with sweet smelling incense.
But Korah was not there to follow instructions.
He brought an angry mob to the Tabernacle.
So YHVH commanded the people to get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
Everyone got away from their tents.
Moses said that YHVH would make sure that these men died in a very unnatural way.
This would show that YHVH had not chosen them.
Suddenly the ground cracked wide open, and those three men and all their family and things fell down into the ground.
The ground closed over top of them and they were gone.
Then fire burned up all the other 250 men.
The firepans from these men were then hammered into sheets and used to cover the altar.
YHVH wanted the people to understand that He chooses the jobs for people.
No one but the priests are to enter or do the jobs for the Tabernacle.
But the very next day, the Children of Israel grumbled at Moses and blamed him for the death of those men.
YHVH sent a plague out among the people.
Aaron quickly took a firepan with incense and climbed over the people.
He made atonement for the people and begged for them to be forgiven.
When he stopped, he was standing between the living people and those that had just died.
Over 14,000 people died, because they questioned YHVH and blamed Moses for their own sins.
YHVH decided to show the people once and for all who had been chosen to be high priest.
Each tribe brought a staff with their named carved on it.
Aaron brought his staff as well.
The next day, Aaron’s staff had budded, blossomed and produced ripe almonds.
Aaron was the man that YHVH had chosen to be the high priest.
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