Believe me, I like numbers but when there’s a long list of them and names mixed together I kind of just skim through…In this chapter I’d like you to try to find a key difference with one of the tribes, hopefully it’ll keep you on your toes…
…But this total did not include the Levites. 48 For the Lord had said to Moses, 49 “Do not include the tribe of Levi in the registration; do not count them with the rest of the Israelites. 50 Put the Levites in charge of the Tabernacle of the Covenant,[f] along with all its furnishings and equipment. They must carry the Tabernacle and all its furnishings as you travel, and they must take care of it and camp around it. 51 Whenever it is time for the Tabernacle to move, the Levites will take it down. And when it is time to stop, they will set it up again. But any unauthorized person who goes too near the Tabernacle must be put to death. 52 Each tribe of Israel will camp in a designated area with its own family banner. 53 But the Levites will camp around the Tabernacle of the Covenant to protect the community of Israel from the Lord’s anger. The Levites are responsible to stand guard around the Tabernacle…”
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Did you notice the difference? It’s found in verse 47 and onwards. The Levites were essentially “set apart” for a specific purpose. They were assigned to the service of the sanctuary. But why the Levites and not the first born? Well if you remember a previous event, it was the Levites that were faithful to God when the rest were worshipping the golden calf. God showed His approval of their faithfulness to Him and granted them the privilege of being His representatives in the sanctuary.
During a time when the rest of the world has seemingly forgotten God, you and I are called to stand up for Jesus, to not be found among the rest of the people who have turned away from service to the true God of heaven to all sorts of false gods.
What group will you be numbered in?
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