Last week's Torah portion is about the Korah rebellion. More accurately, according to Hebrew4Chrisians, there are four different rebellions that take place in that Torah portion.
"Korach against Aaron; Dathan and Abiram against Moses, the tribal chiefs against Aaron, and finally, the entire community against Moses. The chief conspirator, however, was Korach, a member of the Kohathite clan who appears to be involved in all four of the rebellious movements."
After studying and meditating on this section of scripture, I came to the conclusion that the seed of rebellion is often fear. Consider the Apostle Peter's admonition to wives on the subject of submission in I Peter 3:6, written in the Amplified version:
It was thus that Sarah obeyed Abraham [following his guidance and acknowledging his headship over her by] calling him lord (master, leader, authority). And you are now her true daughters if you do right and let nothing terrify you [not giving way to hysterical fears or letting anxieties unnerve you].
The second seed of rebellion, I believe, comes from a lack of trust in YHWH. Remember how the children of Israel cried in their tents all night long because of the report of the 10 spies who had reconnoitered the land? Their lack of trust in the God who brought them out of Egypt led them to rebel and not enter the land. As a result, that generation NEVER got to enter the land.
How many blessings to I miss because of fear and unbelief? Oh the thought of it is overwhelming! My prayer is that Adonai will bring my anxieties to the forefront of my mind so that I can confess them and turn from them! He has given us such great promises and assurances in His word that he would be with us in our moments of great fear and doubt!
Granted, if you are married to an abusive husband, these words may not apply to you. Flee! may be the watchword for your situation, but for those who are not in that type of situation, consider these verses on fear with regards to being fearful in adaptation to our husbands (I was taught recently that in the Hebrew definition of the word that has been translated as submit in our English Bibles, it is more accurately described as the word "adapt.").
IN LIKE manner, you married women, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate yourselves as being secondary to and dependent on them, and adapt yourselves to them], so that even if any do not obey the Word [of God], they may be won over not by discussion but by the [godly] lives of their wives.
Psalm 94:19 AMP: "In the multitude of my [anxious] thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!"
Isaiah 43:2 AMP: "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you."
Philippians 4:6-7 AMP: "Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
Psalm 46:1-2 AMP: "GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas."
I Peter 5:7 AMP: "Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully."
My toes are more than a little crushed as I read these verses because I KNOW I'm guilty of giving in to fear and thus at times acting out in rebellion. How are your toes feeling about now?