And perished in the gainsaying of Core.
The gainsaying of Core is a reference to Korah’s Rebellion, which involved Korah, along with Dathan and Abiram, leading 250 men in rebellion against the authority of Moses and Aaron (Numbers 16).
Korah’s Rebellion and the resulting divine judgment (Numbers 16:31-33) provide an apt parallel to the defiance of the false teachers against church authority and the false teachers’ dangerous ability to lead others astray, as well as a graphic illustration of the divine judgment awaiting the false teachers.
A pictorial representation of Numbers 16:31-33,
Numbers 16:32: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
Numbers 16:33: They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
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