Numbers 3:1-51-In this chapter, the LORD commanded Moses to present Aaron and his sons (Eleazar and Ithamar) before Him to minister in the priest’s office. “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him. And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation to do the service of the tabernacle. And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle. And thou shall give the Levites unto Aaron, and to his sons, they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.”
The chapter continued to distribute the Levites into their various duties as they work with Aaron and his sons as the chief priests overseeing all the work of the tabernacle. The LORD further commanded Moses to number all the males of the children of Levi from a month old, and their number was twenty and two thousand (22,000). Then the LORD commanded Moses to number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward and they were twenty and two thousand two hundred and threescore and thirteen (22,273). They were more than the Levites by 273, and the LORD asked Moses to redeem this number in terms of Sanctuary shekels ( 5 shekels per piece) and give them to Aaron and his sons, and this money came to 1,365 shekels. The Levites have replaced all the firstborn males of all the children of Israel that were originally for Him.
This chapter explained some fundamental principles expressed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 where he explained the different duties of the body of Christ and compared it to the different parts of our human body. The body of Christ is the temple that Christ dwells in, and He is the One working in all the different parts. The Levites were charged to the service of God, and everything that involves the tabernacle was distributed among them, and everybody knows what they are supposed to do. In Ephesians 4:1-6, Paul admonishes us “to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love. Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling, One Lord, One Faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Humility is a virtue that can help us to focus on the Giver of gifts and not the gift. Gifts have made many people missed the mark. Moses did everything according to the commands from God. His focus was on God not the children of Israel. Moses was the meekest man despite the fact that God spoke to him face to face and endowed him with so much power to oversee the children of Israel. When God is working through us, we should remember that we are only being used as a vessel. God always has a replacement if we don’t measure up. Though we are not there yet, I could cite an example of king David being chosen to replace king Saul. I am sure we know the story. King Saul messed up because he feared the people instead of God. We need to learn from the mistakes of others so that we don’t fall into the same trap’. Some people think of themselves more highly than others. That is not humility. Jesus demonstrated this by washing the apostles’ feet, and told them, whoever is going to be your leader must be your servant. Our gifts should not make us puff up. It is a gift, and the LORD distributed it as He wills. Use your gift wisely and honor God with what you have. With all that God used Paul for, he still declared in the book of Philippians 3:10 “that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings. being made conformable unto His death.” This is my prayer too and should be yours. I pray the LORD will enlighten us more in His word, and make us focus on Him so that we will decrease and he will increase in us. Amen!