The Sons of Korah

We can all learn some lessons from the sons of Korah.

Do you remember Korah? You can read his story in Numbers 16-17. He was the man who lead a rebellion against God and was buried alive when the earth opened up and swallowed him and his two accomplices.

The families of his two accomplices died with them. But the sons of Korah did not die (Num. 6:11). They did not die when Korah was swallowed by the earth. Nor did they die with the 250 men who came with Korah and were burned up by fire from God. Nor did they die with the 14,700 people killed in the plague for complaining about Korah and the men with him being killed.

They move on to apparently live faithful lives of service to God. It is the sons of Korah who are appointed to sing in the temple. They stand up to sing the praises of God when God announces how He will deliver Judah from the invasion of Midian.

The Sons of Korah write 11 Psalms of praise to God. They sing of longing for God as the deer pants for the water. They give us the words, “Be still and know that I am God.” In contrast to their forefather, they write, “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”

Not only did they not stand with Korah in his rebellion, there is no indication of them having any anger or bitterness toward God as a result of it.

They lived lives that give a completely different meaning to their family name than would have been given if their forefather, Korah, was the only one we had to remember. But God also knew his sons, and He wanted us to know them too.