Woe to them! For they have traveled down Cain’s path, and because of greed have abandoned themselves to Balaam’s error; hence, they will certainly perish in Korah’s rebellion. Jude 1:11 (NETFull)
The largest facet on top gleams with pristine silver light. Two of the planes show color. One is mountain sky blue, the other holds a rainbow spanning yellow to fuchsia. Each of the eight triangle cuts is razor-clean, forming the tapered cylinder of the perfect diamond.
Beware, oh lover, don’t be deceived dear bride, that rarest of gems symbolizing a sacrificial vow may well be a counterfeit made of cubic zirconia. Zirconia looks, cuts and sparkles like diamond but it’s manmade. Naturally occurring diamonds are much rarer and therefore truly expensive.
Cain brought produce from the ground as an offering to the Lord. He invented his own sacrifice without seeking what God approved. Balaam intended on cursing the Israelites but his donkey refused to continue because it had more respect for God than did Balaam. Korah decided his approach to God was as good as Moses’s and his coup of the high priesthood was swallowed into a shortcut to hell.
Cain, Balaam, and Korah all tried to pass cubic zirconia off as diamonds. They offered manmade worship instead of inquiring about God’s terms of devotion. Zirconia worship construes God as we want him to be, while diamond worship lets God reveal himself as he is. Behind the first form of adoration is a preoccupation with me, while the second holds God as primary.
As I talk with people about God, I find the world rife with folks who want the benefits of posing as holy, engaging the supernatural, and going to heaven, but they don’t want to encounter the real God. It’s no wonder because the only path there takes me through the swamp of my sinfulness and who wants to wade in that stench.
To avoid the trap of Cain, Balaam and Korah, I must answer a question—Does my worship source from human imagination or am I pursuing the genuine God as revealed in the Christian Bible?
Prayer: Let me worship the real one true God.