Friday, November 20, 2015

Korah and Sons


Num 16:1  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:
Num 16:2  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:
Num 16:3  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?
Korah and two hundred and fifty of the most powerful and renowned men of Israel led a rebellion against the authority of Moses and Aaron. Moses reacted by falling on his face before the LORD. The LORD had the earth open up to swallow Korah and all pertaining to him.  The men with him were destroyed by fire from heaven.

Num 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.
Num 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

You need to read all of this story in Numbers 16. I was wondering about all the Psalms that were written by the sons of Korah. Were they spared from this judgement? The answer was found in Numbers 26.

Num 26:10  And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men: and they became a sign.
Num 26:11  Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not.
Apparently the sons of Korah were innocent of their fathers actions and were spared. The lineage of Korah continued for seven generations and Samuel was from this lineage. 
 "However, the most remarkable thing to note about the sons of Korah is that during the time of King David, they became the great leaders in choral and orchestral music in the tabernacle. Heman the Korahite had a place of great importance as a singer, along with Asaph (a Gershonite) and Ethan or Jeduthan (a Merarite). These individuals played an important role in the thanksgiving services and pageantry when the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Jerusalem. David formed an elaborate organization for song, instrumental music, and prophesying through these men."

The LORD can use anyone he chooses to glorify him if they humbly seek to serve him. Jesus is our entrance to the service of the Most High God. You may not have been planned or wanted by your parents. Perhaps they were evil, but God has chosen you to serve and more; he has given you sonship in his kingdom. Let us use our gifts to glorify our LORD.

Psa 42:1  To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 

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