RaYBaSH’s Ponderings of the Perkei Avot
By: Yehudah ben Shomeyr
3:1. Akavia the son of Mahalalel would say: Reflect upon three things and you will not come to the hands of transgression. Know from where you came, where you are going, and before whom you are destined to give a judgment and accounting. From where you came--from a putrid drop; where you are going--to a place of dust, maggots and worms; and before whom you are destined to give a judgment and accounting--before the supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.
Numbers 16:1-3 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?
· From where you came--from a putrid drop;
The putrid drop obviously alluding to the seed of the man.
Korach (Korah), acted just as Miriam and Aharon (Aaron) did at one time; “Aren’t we prophets too? Does God only speak to Moshe (Moses)? Doesn’t He speak to us too?”
· Where you are going--to a place of dust, maggots and worms;
Numbers 16: 28-35And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me. But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: 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. 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. And all
· And before whom you are destined to give a judgment and accounting--before the supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.
-21 And the LORD spake unto
Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation,
that I may consume them in a moment.
Revelation 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;
and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of
life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the
books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it;
and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were
judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into
the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written
in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
· Whence you came – Mankind
· Whither you go – The grave, to the Great White Throne, to the Lake of Fire if not right with God
· Before whom you will give justification and reckoning – Before ADONAI on Judgment Day.
-- Yehudah ben Shomeyr