10 "But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah."
One more character to cover from Jude's list of examples: Korah.
You can read all about what happened in Numbers 16. Korah worked to convince as many as he could that Moses and Aaron were frauds and that they shouldn't be in leadership. They told anyone who would listen that God was not really leading them. He went further than that. His proposed solution was that he should be the leader.
Many today feel at liberty to attack leaders, be they political leaders, religious leaders, or even parents. Respect for authority is dying and a spirit of arrogance and rebellion is growing. The root of it all is the cult of "I". Individualism is the driving force in our consumer driven culture. Our obsession with ourselves and with the immediate is blinding us to how much we owe to those who have gone before us and how dependent we all are on each other in the present.
Korah used the fact that Israel was still not in the promised land as the wedge to drive division into the hearts of the people toward Moses and Aaron. Conveniently he and they forgot the miracles that made it possible to leave Egypt. They forgot the crossing of the sea on dry land followed by the drowning of Pharaoh's army in the same sea. They forgot the water God provided to drink. They ignored the food that appeared new every morning. They ignored the cloud by day and pillar of fire by night that both lead them and came to rest in the Sanctuary when they were not travelling. These and many other things they purposely ignored because it didn't fit their picture. They had an agenda. They only focused on the information that suited that agenda.
All around us are people with agendas. Like Korah they paint a picture suited to that agenda. Those against women in leadership speak loudly about how God ALWAYS uses men in leadership, conveniently ignoring the fact He used women as prophets and judges and in other key roles when He chose to do so. These are historical facts that must not be ignored.
Jesus is the Truth. We must get our picture from Him and in so doing we must not pick and choose those aspects of His character that suit us while ignoring the rest.
It should never be our goal to be a Moses. Our goal should only ever be to serve and grow where God has placed us. His goal is to make us the best we can be. He loves us more than we love ourselves. Why would we rebel against that?