Numbers 16:9-10


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Is it too little for you that the God of Israel has singled you out from the community of Israel, to have you draw near him for the service of the LORD’S Dwelling and to stand before the community to minister for them? He has allowed you and your kinsmen, the descendants of Levi, to approach him, and yet you now seek the priesthood too. – Numbers 16:9-10

I understand from the context of this passage that Korah and his followers were jealous because they wanted to be priests. We are told that at least Korah was from the tribe of Levi. Doesn’t that make him eligible to become a priest? Was there some sort of process whereby only particular men were chosen from the tribe of Levi to become priests?


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The priesthood was actually only for Aaron and his descendants. The other Levities were assigned roles in transporting, setting up and taking down the tabernacle (as well as carrying the Ark). While it seems likely that they also assisted with some sacrifices, only the priests (Aaron and his descendants) could enter the tabernacle to burn incense, light the candles, etc…, and only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holy’s once a year to sprinkle the blood on the Ark. Korah, like Aaron, was descended from Kohath, but the priesthood was given to Aaron and his descendants.
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The priesthood was actually only for Aaron and his descendants. The other Levities were assigned roles in transporting, setting up and taking down the tabernacle (as well as carrying the Ark). While it seems likely that they also assisted with some sacrifices, only the priests (Aaron and his descendants) could enter the tabernacle to burn incense, light the candles, etc..., and only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holy's once a year to sprinkle the blood on the Ark. Korah, like Aaron, was descended from Kohath, but the priesthood was given to Aaron and his descendants.
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Thanks :thumbsup:

Weren’t eventually Levites who were not from the house of Aaron ordained priests somewhere along the salvation history timeline?


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