Korach – 6/16/18
This Parsha comes on the heels of the rebellion of the 10-spies, and the subsequent judgment of that generation as seen in Numbers 14. In the shadow of that event, this Parsha is most often referred to as “The Rebellion”: But, upon the heels of the former, what happened that could possibly expose the hearts of Korach and his minions? And is this a possible scenario to expose the Korach in us? What can we learn from it?
Given that the usual translation of Korach is ‘Bald’, and further, his propensity toward rebellion, it seems there’s a link between the two. Yet, confusion abounds here: For instance, the “Bald” condition of Korach is much more than a natural receding hairline. If Baldness was a prohibition for serving YHVH, then explain Elisha, the Nazarite vows, a captive woman, etc.
Further, the scriptural prohibitions regarding Baldness had nothing to do with natural occurring baldness, rather, it dealt with the intentional shaving or marking of the head while mourning for the dead, an idolatrous practice common in Egypt. There is, however, an identifiable link since his name can be translated ‘Bald’. The responsibility is ours to dig out the truth! By the way, the Sages say he’s called Korach because he made a bald spot among the People! He caused a division!
If so, perhaps we need to take a backward glance into the previous chapters to gain insight as to who he truly was and what motivated him!
As noted, the previous chapters reveal the Rebellion of the Spies and are followed by a discussion regarding the Ordinances of Torah, their keeping and the sacrifice offered for ignorantly sinning. Finally, completing the chapter, Moshe is instructed regarding the adding of fringes upon the four-corners of their garments, as a reminder that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring!
Could the foregoing highlighted phrase – written as an admonition – have been the source of provocation for the seed of Korach’s Rebellion! Look at the Hebrew word for ‘seek’, H#8446,תור, tuwr. It is the same word used for SPY! The text literally says; “Search or spy out, your own heart”! This is the reason that you’re allowed to be tested or tried!
The word tuwr also indicates an opportunity, an allotted time, a standard, and a sacrifice – and, it’s the root of the word TORAH! The Tzitzit remind us that we’re not to take the Torah, the Word, or Seed of YHVH and attempt to manipulate or use it as an occasion to further our agenda or as a moral standard, while living contrary to it in order to justify our own selfish, lustful desires! Or, by twisting or taking it out of context, as an excuse to justify our FEARS!
Though Tzitzit presents a seemingly textual oddity as it segues into this Parsha, there seems a possible connection here to Korach. If so, how does this fit within the storyline of Korach, in particular the premise of Baldness? Let’s look a bit closer…
- Fringe: H#6734, ציצת, Tzitzit. It has a numeric value of 590, the same as the phrase “Levav Morashi” – Possessions of The Heart! Remember the above admonition – to spy out your own heart and eyes? It is in the heart that a man’s treasures are stored. 12: 34,35. The root of Tzitzit indicates to flower, or blossom. Amazingly, it can also indicate a forelock of the hair! (Remember the baldness connection…)
Could the “possessions of the heart” become seed, then flower and later blossom into Rebellion? The Tzitzit worn as a perpetual reminder to guard against such? Hmmmm?
Perhaps the mystery of the ritual wearing of Tzitzit is in some fashion connected to what is misinterpreted as “the bald condition” of Korach and could have initiated his rebellious response? Specifically since no four-cornered garment was to be found bare (Bald) or lacking these fringes! In fact, the Sages declare that Korach argued against the Tzitzit!
*Note also, in conjunction, that the head of a man is not to have the corners (Tzitzit?) bare or shorn, as an act of mourning! [From this we get the origin of payot, the Jewish long sideburns] Does this sound familiar? Is there a deeper connection between the Talit or four-cornered covering with its’ Tzitzit and the hair as a covering on the man’s head? Both symbolize the authority to which the Man submits and demonstrates.
These fringes were to be looked upon and remembered, as a means to enable Israel to KEEP and Preserve the Commandments: The word ‘remember’ – comes from H# 2142, זכר, zakar, To mark, to gaze upon, to guard. It is from the root of H# 2145, zakar, to mark so as to identify as a MALE! How could one remember the commandments unless they are vocalized?
The fringes appeared at the corner of the garment in the form of a boundary to the man’s loins, the origin of his seed! Zakar used in this sense, depicts a specific Male as the one through whom the memorial or remembrance of his Parents is continued! Thus, the fringes reminded the man of the Covenant of His Fathers, which was the Covenant of THE FIRST BORN! The physical seed of the man reveals who his Parents were, while the vocal Seed – Words spoken – also reveal your parent(s)! It represented the continuance of Life through the Name! It’s worth noting that Korach gathered 250 men of renown, H#8034, שמ, name, fame, to mark verbally with a sign! His intent was to firmly establish Rebellion against the Torah – Language of YHVH!
Shem was the Firstborn of Noah, the High Priest of the Earth, and the Guardian of the Hebrew Tongue, Torah, language; in the lifetime of his great-grand children the earth was divided! It is believed that Shem was also known as Melchizedek, H#4442,יצדק-מלכwhose gematria equals 294, the same as Nimrod – the Rebellious One!
Was Korach, like Nimrod, offering a compromised, GMO bloodline, and name?
The word for garment above, to which the Tzitzit were attached is H#899, בגד, though rendered garment, a covering, it can also mean REBELLION, to act treacherously! Clothes hide, disguise what is beneath. Similarly, those like Korach disguise the motives of their hearts while gaining access to the hearts of others in order to TAKE – DIVIDE – SEPARATE, to make a bald spot in a congregation, just like the Serpent!
The fringes implore us to guard the heart, rebellion originates in the heart, Nimrod built an habitation for Rebellion called H#894, Babel, בבל, which is heart – Levav, written backwards!
The Fringes or Tzitzit are worn on the 4-corned garment called a “Talit”, from H#2926, טלל, tallal, to cover over, protect. It represents a TENT, a Tabernacle! The first Talit is seen created from the Lamb’s skin in Gen. 3and used to cover Adam and Chavah! [Adam, the Blood of life Man – Chavah, to reveal] Can you see the connection to the Lamb’s blood on the doorpost, the Mezuzah, and the Tzitzit?
Incidentally, Zakar – to remember – has a gematria of 227, the same as the word Becorah, meaning first-born, birthright! Ironically, to substantiate this, the Sages teach that Korach was angry because he felt he had been passed over as prince of the Kohathites (grandfather of Korach) just as the sons of Reuben, Dathan and Abiram had lost their birthright to Judah & Joseph!
Not surprisingly, when we note the use of the word Tzitzit to indicate a forelock of hair, a door opens explaining the link to the word for sideburns or Payot discussed earlier – which comes from Peah, meaning corner or edge.
It derives from the letter Pey meaning mouth, as in the edge or boundary of the Face! The connection is obvious because the mouth is the origin of Seed or words, guarded by the payot/Tzitzit!Ps. 141: 3Set a watch – for a guard – O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Peah comes from the same root as the Midwife who helped Shiphrah save the Firstborn of Israel – H#6326, פועה,Puah, translated as “Splendid, to shine or vibrate, to be brilliant, the mouth! Like the midwife, whoever controls the womb/mouth controls the delivery!
The Tzitzit like the Hair of the head represent a “Covering” or Authority! Further, we see in Ex. 28:36, the creation of a Crown of pure gold called a Tziz, ציץ, to be worn by the High Priest! Tziz indicates to blossom, flower, to shine, to spring forth! Without this headband the Priest was barren – Bald, without authority! He would die in the Presence of YHVH! The TZIZ represented LIFE!
The Head or Mind becomes the center of the Spiritual Womb, or Loins, to be girded up, to be bordered or guarded by the TORAH – WORD! 1Pet. 1:13, …gird up the loins of your mind! This word is spoken to the STRANGERS scattered who are “in heaviness through manifold temptations”
Korach the Bald One…
- The Parsha begins by declaring that Korach (along with Dathan, Abiram and On) TOOK [the word ‘men’ is added by the translators] – ויקח, va’yiqach, and he took: He was a taker – not a giver!
By the way, the above phrase has a value of 124; the same as the Hebrew word Eden, the place where one indulges himself in carnal delight. The Qof-Chet root is seen most often in the verb ‘laqach’ to take as in marriage, implying sexually.
Eden is also the first place that Man attempts to set boundaries or gird around his own loins with the fig leaves of flesh. Thereby bringing death! It would take the Lamb’s Skin/Blood to atone or cover him restore his life – TZIZ. Ironically, when a Jewish man dies, the Tzitzit on his Prayer Shawl are cut off to symbolize the same!
According to Ancient Near Eastern religion a man could cut off the hem of his wife’s’ robe as a sign of divorcing her from his House or Authority!
Here, it seems that Korach and his rebellious group, (much like the serpent-Nachash) is attempting to usurp the Birthright, rejecting the House or Authority of Moshe – Messiah – put in place by YHVH in direct opposition, i.e. rebellion, to the plan of YHVH, whileattempting to supplant himself in the stead of Moshe. One of the deceptions of HaSatan/Korach is to try to separate people from godly leadership and the Body of Messiah. It is when we separate ourselves from authority; correction and direction that we will find ourselves open to deception.
It was Eden where the Serpent fomented the first rebellion against the FirstBorn plan of YHVH and crossed the boundary of the Seed line! Was the serpent the first Korach??? If you recall Isaiah 14: 12-14Lucifer declares he will ascend, exalt himself and sit upon the mount of the congregation and be like the Most High!
Korach wanted to lead, but didn’t want to serve! In order to further his plans he aligned himself with others who murmured and complained.
Here in Numbers 16: 3Korach accuses Moshe and Aaron of exactly the same thing saying: “Why do you lift yourselves above the congregation of YHVH?” Ironically, Lucifer is also brought down alive into the sides of the Pit – Sheolas is Korach’s group in Numbs. 16: 30. There’s another connection in Revelation 12: 16, where the earth opens its’ mouth to swallow the flood cast out of the Dragons’ mouth!
We also remember that Joseph with his Blood Stained Talit with the FRINGE upon it, like Yahshua, was also thrown into a pit yet, brought out – resurrected! There seems a connection to keeping the commandments and Spying out our hearts and eyes in the midst of calamity, trials, hardships, etc. and becoming a Korach instead by removing the Tzitzit or boundaries of Torah!
If you subtract the value of Korach – 308, from that of Nachash – 358, you’re left with 50, the value of the NUN – life! Nachash has the same value as Mashiach. He attempts to usurp the position of Messiah, while Korach attempts to usurp the position of Moshe-Messiah! Curiously, if you add Korach and Nachash together you get: 358+ 308 = 666!
Since the introduction of Korach, the barren truth is that balding men have been exposed to a bum rap. So, what is truly revealed in this word? H#7141, קרח. Let’s look at the individual letters and their meanings:
- Qof – indicates the back of the head, the East (as a direction) The rising sun, resurrection, that which comes, to call or change, to separate out or apart.
- Resh – The Head, chief, the summation, first fruit, the beginning stock.
- Chet – A fence, something that divides or breaks up. To protect or to break something! A new beginning, circumcision. It is used in words meaning darkness (divided from light) bekar – firstborn, bukar – sunrise, Chupa, Chi, to profane (chalal), to be sick, chilion.
To separate or divide, to change the resurrection of the first fruit, the original stock, by fencing it off, breaking it up and profaning it! Wasn’t that exactly what happened in Genesis 3?
The enemy wants to separate you from your inheritance, your birthright! He gets you involved with the Rebellion by your own words!
Korach has also the same value –308 –-as בושbuwsh, to be made ashamed. It can also hint at delaying something by confusion. The Bet-Shin root hints at a season for ripening, as in fruit! There is an appointed time for seed planting and fruit being born and ripened! If the enemy can prevent in either stage, confusion or division will lead to strife and rebellion!
Korach was responsible for carrying the Ark, H#727,ארונ, a chest or container for the Torah, the Light. Like Uzzah, he should have understood how to handle the Words/Commandments of YHVH!
We are Kings and Priests – We should know how to handle the Ark of His Torah!