Numbers 3-4 and Psalm 35-36
Today, we get to talk about the Levites. We should already basically be pros on the Levites, as we just finished the book of Leviticus. Just a refresher though, the Levites descended from Levi, the son of Jacob. If we remember from Exodus, God saved the Israelites and spared their firstborn sons through the Passover. Therefore, rather than God taking the oldest son of each family, the descendants of Levi would be dedicated to God. We can read about that in Numbers 3:11-13, as God says, “They shall be mine: I am the LORD.” Moses and Aaron were both Levites as well who belonged to the LORD.
The Levites had a number of jobs, but they are mostly known for being priests. Aaron himself was one of the Levite priests, and his descendants followed in his footsteps. No matter what job a Levite had, they were to be used for God’s glory and sake.
One of the main responsibilities of the Levites were to care and provide for the Tabernacle. I like to refer to the Tabernacle as a “portable temple”. The Israelites were constantly moving around in the wilderness. Therefore, they had to build the Tabernacle out of curtains so that they could move it around easily.
Chapter four talks about the Kohathites, and they are a clan within the Levites. Their jobs specifically revolved around the Tabernacle. The Kohathites were in charge of setting it up and breaking it down each time. It reminds me a lot of the last day at a church camp, and we all have to pitch in to put away all the equipment. It’s a tough job that we sometimes forget about.
All in all, the Levites were a very important group of people in the Old Testament, as they ultimately belonged to God.
A note from Psalms:
“Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD, exulting in his salvation.” Psalm 35:9
Let this serve as a joyful reminder that we should constantly be rejoicing in the LORD. We serve a good, good God who provides each of us the opportunity to partake in his salvation! Hallelujah! Praise God! Amen!