“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.” Jude 1:11
The three men mentioned above had a common weakness which in comparison is similar to those men in our days who try to corrupt the rightful ways of God. They were not the only ones though, but many including Saul had the same flaw too. Sometimes it begins by having good intentions, which to God is unacceptable, for “…true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” John 4:23. It’s the Father who seeks worshippers, not the other way round. If it’s him then we his servants should train ourselves to wait, but the problem Sauls don’t wait!
I hear the Psalmist say, “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.” Psalm 119:59-60. It’s ok to run with the vision, but remember to keep his commandments.
Saul didn’t have the patience to wait and reflecting he later regretted, “behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly” 1 Samuel 26:21.
What’s the lesson to draw from this?
Simple; we must not go against God’s instructions, no matter what. Cain, Balaam and Core found it hard to follow; they took the wayward way, and shipwrecked their faith. See how they were before great people, but woe unto them that do err!
Pastors and all believers alike, watch out for signs like these; the way of Cain, running greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and for the woes of perishing in the gainsaying of Korah.
In the case of Korah, his problem was taking part in competing, Numbers 16. Korah was a Levite, but he wasn’t one of the priests, and so he wasn’t allowed to do all that Aaron was. This made him jealous. Always you find those like competing are jealous people. The problem with this you end up offering strange fire. Entrepreneurship is a dangerous thing when it comes to worshipping God at the tabernacle. Jude 10 says that these people “do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction.” We must be careful not to follow our instincts blindly, but check them against the revealed word of God.
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” Jude 1:20-21. Making a difference!