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Thursday, April 12, 2012

K is for Korah

My A to Z blogging theme is characters in (people from) the scriptures. Since my blog is a book blog, this theme would fit right in and help me strengthen a weakness at the same. How fantastic is that?!  This challenge is a blessing. Thank you A to Z Challenge team!  *Book: LDS quad combo scriptures: KJV Holy Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, Pearl of Great Price. (p)1989, (c)1979.

Found in  Numbers 16-17:
Korah along with Dathan, Abiram and 250 leaders rebelled to overthrow Moses' and Aaron's leadership.  Korah was a Levite, who held the holy priesthood, should have been in the forefront of obedience rather than of rebellion but he and those with him sought to take the higher priesthood and the leadership of Israel unto themselves.  This was a serious crisis in the political and religious life of Israel, and the Lord chose to deal with it in a direct and dramatic manner.  The Lord commanded both Aaron and the legitimate priesthood holders and Korah and those who followed him to bring censers and incense to the tabernacle.  There the Lord would show who is authorized for the holy leadership.  Turns out the earth opened up and swallowed the three rebels and their families, and fire came down and consumed the other 250 rebels. 

Goes to show how stiffnecked the people of Israel had been even after that miraculous demonstration of the Lord's power but they continued to murmur and said that Moses and Aaron had killed the true servants of the Lord.  The Lord was patient and continued to show Israel His power.  Those who still continued to sustain his evil leadership, even after Korah's death, were killed in a plague.  The scriptures state that nearly fifteen thousand people died trying to prove that Moses and Aaron were not the ones who should lead Israel.  Then the Lord offered one more miracle to further demonstrate who was chosen to hold the priesthood ...the budding of Aaron's rod  ..go to Numbers 17:1-13 for details.

(Source of this study came from Old Testament Student Manual: Religion 301, pg206-207; most are direct quotes)


  1. This is the first time in several days I've been able to access your blog. Since I read where others have had difficulties with access on other blogs, I can only think Blogger was (maybe still is) up to its old tricks.

    But learned much from your post today. You did a great job with such a tumultuous period.

  2. Hi Kittie --really? was that recent difficulties? my blog was removed as far as i can tell for just a few hours until i gave them my number ..awful experience! anyway, always nice to see you drop by. thanks for your last statement. :) --btw, are you working on another book?

  3. This is one aspect of the Moses story we don't normally get to hear much about. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. I had forgotten this story. Yeah, I sometimes have to wonder about those Israelites. God was always coming to their rescue and then after awhile they'd forget and start messing up again. Hmmm---kind of like a lot of us I guess.

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  5. You're welcome Michael.

    I agree Lee ..a lot of us forget and start messing up again ..sure glad there's repentance! --btw, I love your Wrote By Rote blog ..going there for a virtual travel! :D


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