Lives Given in Service
Day: 8 | Plan: Numbers
Today's Reading: Numbers 8
Numbers 8:19 (NIV) “From among all the Israelites, I have given the Levites as gifts to Aaron and his sons to do the work at the tent of meeting on behalf of the Israelites and to make atonement for them so that no plague will strike the Israelites when they go near the sanctuary.”
Aaron and his sons were the priests in charge of the ministry of the tabernacle. The Levites were a special gift from God given to the priests to help and assist them in their service to the Lord. Not everyone is called to be the person in charge. Some people are called to be helpers, and that is exactly what the Levites were called to do.
The Levites were appointed by God to care for the tabernacle and its furnishings. They were assigned the task of taking it down, carrying it and reassembling it every time the people moved. But they were not allowed to serve at the altar, wear priestly garments or enter the sanctuary. Even though they couldn’t do all the priests could do, their work and services were invaluable to the people of God.
The priests and the Levites also worked together to protect the sanctuary. The priests camped at the entrance of the tabernacle and the Levites camped around it to help guard it against intruders so no plague or wrath would fall on the people of Israel. (Numbers 1:50-51, 53)
Protecting the tabernacle would involve putting anyone to death who might come near or who might seek to defile the tabernacle and the holy space surrounding it. (Numbers 3:38) The Levites were perfect for this assignment. They had already demonstrated their courage and commitment when they rallied to Moses’ side and obeyed God’s command to put to death those who defiled the camp during the golden calf incident.
God calls each of us to give our lives in service to Him and to help serve others. Whether we are serving in big ways or small ways, out-front or behind the scenes, leading or helping, our service for God will require humility, courage, cooperation, conviction and commitment.
Prayer: Father, my desire is to be used by You to serve and help others. Lord, I confess, it’s easier for me to serve than to be served. Would You fill me with the humility and grace to receive those You send to help me? Make me alert to the possibilities You present to me today. Give me the courage to step up and do what needs to be done. May I be willing to open my life up to You completely so You can use me as You will. Grant me the skill and strength necessary to serve You and others well. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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