Numbers 4:1-49-gives us the chosen families within the Levites to work closely with Aaron and his two sons, Eleazar, and Ithamar. These families were numbered individually from thirty years old and upward until fifty years old that will be involved in the service of the LORD. The families are the Kohathites, the Gershonites, and the Merarites. “And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons and they shall take down the covering veil, and cover the ark of testimony with it. And shall put thereon the covering of badgers’ skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof. And upon the table of shewbread, they shall spread a cloth of blue and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal, and the continual bread shall be thereon. And they shall spread upon them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers’ skins, and shall put in the staves thereof—-” verses 5-8.
I have written a few verses (5-8) from this chapter to bring out some important details of how to handle the holy things of God. Before those three chosen families move close to the tabernacle, everything there is in the tabernacle must be covered, starting with the ark of the testimony, followed by shewbread and all that go with it, then the candlestick of the light with all that goes with it, then the golden altar, and all the instruments that they minister with, and the ashes from the altar. Verse 15 says “And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it; but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.”
This is the tone throughout the chapter. We have seen all that Aaron and his sons have to cover in preparation for the other families to bear. Everyone is assigned to a particular section to bear and Aaron and his sons are to oversee that their duties are carried out according to the commandment of God. We need to thank God today for the leaders that God chose to handle the things of God. It is a blessing to be a chosen vessel tor the LORD. We need to know that it is a great responsibility to minister to God in the position He placed us. Jesus said in John 15:16: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit may remain.” Unfortunately, just like Ezekiel declared in chapter 34, the shepherds (pastors) were not taking care of the flock “the diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost, but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. (34:4).
Many shepherds today are not thinking of the flock as they should. They do not know that God holds them accountable for all they do in the house of God. I remember a ministry where management of people and funds got to a breaking point and people started to leave. When the matter was brought to the founder’s attention, he said God was cleansing his Church. Don’t we need to go to God to ask for what to do when things do not go well? Many leaders today are not being led by the Holy Spirit, and that is why we do not experience a proper manifestation of the presence of God All leaders need to study the Old Testament to have a little glimpse of the way God introduced Himself and His Ways unto Moses and the children of Israel. He is still the same God. He has not changed. He says “I change not” in Malachi and Hebrew 13:8. We should not take the grace of God for licenses Instant death was the penalty of those who transgressed His commands then, and many people have also died or entered into serious sickness because of disobedience even in this our age. So let us remember we are vessels and we must do according to His bidding at all times. May the LORD continue to teach us to fear Him and obey Him in all that we do for Him. Remain blessed!