All the Men of the Bible - Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Korah, Kore, Core [Kō'rah,Kō'rē, Cō'rē]—baldness or icy.

  1. A son of Esau by Aholibamah, and founder of a tribe (Gen. 36:5, 18).
  2. A son of Eliphaz and grandson of Esau (Gen. 36:16).
  3. A son of Hebron, son of Mareshah, son of Caleb (1 Chron. 2:43).
  4. A grandson of Kohath, son of Levi—ancestor of sanctuary musicians (1 Chron. 6:22).
  5. The son of Izhar, the grandson of Levi, who with Dathan and Abiram conspired against Moses and Aaron (Exod. 6:21, 24; Num. 16). Jude 11 gives Core for Korah.

Korah, along with his two companions, resisted the civil authority of Moses. For refusing to appear before him as commanded, Korah, Dathan and Abiram along with their households and houses were swallowed up by the earth (Num. 16). Then there came the further revolt of Korah against Moses and Aaron, in the interests of the people at large as against the tribe of Levi. The rebels were consumed by fire from the Lord (Num. 17). There followed the opposition of Korah and 250 Levites against the monopoly of the priesthood claimed by Aaron. The “gainsaying,” meaning against the Word, was Korah’s denial of the authority of Moses as God’s chosen spokesman, and intrusion into the priest’s office (Jude 11).

Devotional content drawn from All the Men of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer. Used with permission.

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