Introduction The sons of Korah were of the tribe of Levi, descended through Kohath and Izhar (Exodus 6:16-27, esp. vs. 16, 18, 21, 24).
Judgment Upon the Father Korah joined with Dathan, Abiram, and 250 leaders of the congregation in rebellion against Moses and Aaron. As evidence of divine judgment, the earth swallowed them up, and they died before the Lord (Num. 16:1-40).
Mercy Upon the Sons Nevertheless, as evidence of divine mercy, the sons of Korah did not die (Num. 26:9-11). The sons of Korah are mentioned 16x in the Bible, including authorship attribution of several of the Psalms (Exo. 6:24; Num. 26:11; 1 Chron. 6:37; 9:19; 26:19; Ps. 42; 44; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 84; 85; 87; 88). Rather than rebel against Gods established order, the descendants of Korah humbly served as gatekeepers and ministers of music in the house of the Lord (Ps. 84:10; cf. 1 Cor. 12:14-31).
Gatekeepers of the Tabernacle The sons of Korah served as gatekeepers of the Tabernacle (1 Chron. 9:17-27; 26:12-19). Even in the Christian era, evangelists and elders must remain watchful of danger (Acts 20:28-32; Heb. 13:17).
Ministers of Music The sons of Korah served as ministers of music in the house of God (1 Chron. 6:31-38). Even in the Gospel dispensation, music remains an important part of worship (Eph. 5:18-19; Col. 3:16-17).
Psalms of the Sons of Korah Psalms 42 describes a thirsting for God in times of trouble. Psalm 44 speaks of past deliverances and present trials. Psalm 45 celebrates the kings marriage. Psalm 46 praises God as the refuge of his people. Psalm 47 exalts God as the King of the earth.
Psalms of the Sons of Korah Psalm 48 extols the beauty and glory of Zion. Psalm 49 describes the folly of trusting in riches. Psalm 84 expresses a longing for the Temple worship. Psalm 85 is a plea for Gods mercy upon the nation. Psalm 87 praises the privileges of citizenship in Zion. Psalm 88 is a petition to be saved from death.
Conclusion The Old Testament history of the house of Korah reveals the kindness and severity of God (Rom. 11:22). Herein, we are reminded that the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, nor vice versa; rather, God judges mankind on an individual basis (Ezek. 18:1-20).