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What is “the way” of Cain, Balaam and Core (Korah)?
This verse could be interpreted in many ways, but here is an overview of these men’s most grievous sins.
Cain tried to gain freedom without Jesus. After Cain murdered his brother, Moses 5:33 tells us, “And Cain gloried in that which he had done, saying: I am free; surely the flocks of my brother falleth into my hands.”
Balaam tried to serve God and the world. Balaam was a prophet in the Old Testament who wanted to curse Israel in exchange for great wealth. The Lord stopped him using an angel and a talking donkey as told in Numbers 22 (possibly the coolest Old Testament story ever).
Core (Korah) tried to gain priesthood power by opposing the prophet. Korah and 252 other men who held the Aaronic priesthood were not satisfied with their priestly duties and wanted the Melchizedek priesthood. They rebelled against Moses and tried to force him to give them the power of the higher priesthood. However, as we read in Numbers 16 Korah and his family were swallowed up by the earth and the other rebels were burnt in a fire. Do not mess with God.
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