A Kohathite, discontent with merely carrying the Holy is a term that originally meant set apart for the worship or service of God. While the term may refer to people, objects, time, or places, holiness in Judaism and Christianity primarily denotes the realm of the divine More things, leads a rebellion of Levites and Reubenites against Prophet who led Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land and received the law at Sinai More and Moses' brother and spokesman, and Israel's first high priest. More.
Korah, a Kohathite A Levite was a member of the tribe of Levi. This tribe had priestly and political responsibilities for the Israelites. Levites appear prominently in Old Testament accounts, and they accompany priests to question John the Baptizer's identity early in John's Gospel. More, raised a rebellion of Levites and Reubenites (their neighbors in the camp – see Numbers 2 & 4) against Moses, arguing that Moses and the priests had elevated themselves above the rest of the people, who were also holy. Moses devised a test for the Levites to evaluate their claim to priesthood. He told them to offer incense just as a A priest is a person who has the authority to perform religious rites. In New Testament times priests were responsible for daily offerings and sacrifices in the temple. More would, and Aaron would do the same. Fire devoured the 250 counterfeit priests, and the earth opened up on the south side of the congregation to swallow Kohathite tents and the tents of the Reubenites who collaborated with the Kohathites.
The next day, the people murmured against Moses and Aaron because of the deaths of so many Israelites who questioned Moses’ and Aaron’s leadership. A plague broke out among the Israelites. God told Moses to stand aside from the people so that they would be consumed. But Moses disobeyed God, and instead, told Aaron to grab his incense censer and to run between the living and the dead. The plague stopped when it reached Aaron, who made atonement for the people.
A key issue here is Moses and Aaron twice refusing to give up on the people when God told them to abandon them (Numbers 16:21-22 and 16:45-46). Moses and Aaron work together to use their intimacy with God to atone for the people and protect them from the consequences of their own sins.