Why does the new testament account include so many stories of people attempting to ensare or trap or to otherwise shame the son of God, who are then caught in the snare they tried to catch the Savior in, and made to feel ashamed for their words?
Because it is one of the principles of heaven that when men try to shame those God appointed over them, then God will bring them to shame. Thus these men who tried to shame the son of God are brought to shame again, and again, and again, before every person who will open the scriptures and search for the truths contained in them.
The dead like to be remembered for their good works. Anyone who has searched out the works of their ancestors has felt the smiles of heaven upon them, and even the unseen spirits of their ancestors smiling upon them from time to time.
But those men who sought to embarrass the Savior find no such rest in their death, for their deeds in life are recounted in front of the whole earth, that they may feel the full shame that the Father declared upon them for seeking to shame his beloved son.
This is an eternal principle, apparently. Those who sought to bring Moses to shame were brought to shame. Korah and his followers who rebelled and accused Moses and Aaron were swallowed up by the earth with their families, and their shame continues to be recounted to this day.
Sherem who sought to shame Jacob was brought to shame himself. God, not content to bring his shame in front of those of his own day, required the account to be written and inspired Mormon to include it in his compilation of the Book of Mormon, bringing shame upon Sherem for generations of millions for his attempt to shame the prophet Jacob who spoke with God himself, and saw his face.
The story of Korihor is no different in that respect.
It is important that we not think that the leaders of the church never make mistakes. Of COURSE they make mistakes.
Yet if we pass over their flaws, God will pass over ours. We should not collect and enumerate their errors any more than we want them to collect and enumerate ours. Let them make their mistakes, and we will make ours, without leveling accusations against one another.
If we seek to shame them, God will bring us to shame instead, greatly multiplied.
The Savior taught:
Matthew 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
The Lord will reward sacred sacrifice a hundredfold. But there is another side to that coin. When we violate things which are sacred, the Lord will curse us a hundredfold.
Those who sought to shame the son of God had that shame returned to their own heads instead greatly multiplied, both in their day and in every place where his gospel was taught.
Lucifer sought to shame the brethren, for before mortality, he accused them before God night and day.
Revelation 12:6 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought against Michael,
7 And the dragon prevailed not against Michael; neither the child, nor the woman, which was the church of God, who had been delivered of her pains and brought forth the kingdom of our God and his Christ.
8 Neither was there place found in heaven for the great dragon, who was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and also called Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
9 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:
10 For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
The accusations of Lucifer have brought him eternal shame. Let us not sit in the seat of Lucifer. Let us not be accusers of the brethren.