“Holy”, Dedicated to the LORD (Numbers 3-4)

Daily reading assignment – Numbers 3-4

We have noticed that the thirteenth tribe, the tribe of Levi, was not numbered (1:47-54) in the census that was recorded in Leviticus 1-2.

Numbers 3 gives us the generations of Moses and Aaron who were of the priestly tribe Levi.  The census of the Levites is recorded as well as their duties regarding the tabernacle, and caring for the vessels used in sacrifices and worship (3:1-51).

The tribe of Levi was set apart by God to serve Him in lieu of the first born from every tribe and family being dedicated for the priesthood (Numbers 3:12-13).  Notice the exact accounting to the LORD regarding the number of Levite males (22,000) and the number of the firstborn males among the twelve tribes (22,273). The difference of 273 might not seem like a big deal to some who discount giving the LORD His tithes and offerings; however, the additional 273 males among the twelve tribes had to be redeemed that the LORD might have His portion (3:40-51).

We will notice later in our study of Numbers that the Levites had no direct portion of land set aside for them in the Promise Land since their needs were ever to be met through the tithes and offerings of the twelve tribes.

Numbers 4 continues with a description of the ministry of the Levites, their age of service (“thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old” – 4:3) and responsibilities when breaking down the tabernacle for moving (4:4-15).

The tabernacle, the ark of the covenant, the golden altar, the candlestick, the vessels used in sacrifices and worship were all to be treated as “holy”, sanctified and dedicated to the LORD.  A great reminder that God has called His people and Church to be the same: Be Holy!

1 Peter 1:15-1615  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

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