July 31, 2020

Numbers 18:1-end–God spoke directly to Aaron in this chapter.  “The LORD said to Aaron, “You, your sons, and your family are to bear the responsibility for offenses connected with the sanctuary, and you and your sons alone are to bear the responsibility for offenses connected with the priesthood. Bring your fellow Levites from your ancestral tribe to join you and assist you when you and your sons minister before the tent of the covenant law. They are to be responsible to you and are to perform all the duties of the tent, but they must not go near the furnishings of the sanctuary or the altar. Otherwise, both they and you will die. They are to join you and be responsible for the care of the tent of meeting-all the work at the tent-and no one else may come near where you are. You are to be responsible for the care of the sanctuary and the altar so that my wrath will not fall on the Israelites again. I myself have selected your fellow Levites from among the Israelites as a gift to you, dedicated to the LORD to do the work at the tent of the meeting. But only you and your sons may serve as priests in connection with everything at the altar and inside the curtain. I am giving you the service of the priesthood as a gift. Anyone else who comes near the sanctuary is to be put to death.’ (1-7)

Well, this chapter occurred after the blossoming of Aaron’s rod, so I am assuming that all the leaders of the other tribes were still present. The rods of these ones did not bud. Aaron was the only Levite whose rod was required to confirm that he is the chosen authority for his tribe. The LORD had spelled it out to him and the other tribes the duties of Aaron and his sons, the other Levites, and their roles in all the activities of the sanctuary. This should be clear enough to everyone that Aaron did not choose himself neither did the Levites choose themselves for this work. They were chosen not because of their righteousness but for the fact that it pleases Him to do so. He is an unquestionable God. Having put this in order, there should not be any like-minded Korah to arise and challenge Aaron again.

He also instituted their wages for the work they do. No land was allocated to them but the tithes of all the children of Israel that will be brought to honor God is for them, and for their families. In turn, they are to take the tithes of all the tithes and put them in the storehouse so that there will be food in His house. Every one of them in this family is dedicated to the service of the LORD, 24/7, they don’t have any other job. That was the way God set this up so that they will serve Him wholeheartedly with no distractions whatsoever.  In this state, they could hear Him and carry out His instructions. Imagine the ministers of today, how much time do they have to devote to God? They battle with so many needs that have to be met-the house rent, food, school fees (theirs or children’s). The building being used as the sanctuary has to be rented or bought and then maintained. I believe that many things went wrong along the way that brought us to the place we are in today. When the work of God is done in God’s way, He meets the needs of His people. God is faithful, and if He has called us, He will make provision for the work. However, many of us are not dedicated wholeheartedly to His work. We can see all the instructions that He gave to the children of Israel which they had to adhere to, otherwise, it results in death. Let us remind ourselves of the work of the Holy Spirit during the early church through the apostles. The Bible says those who had lands sold them to meet needs, and none of them lacked.

Therefore we need to return to the drawing board, and all of us examine ourselves-both ministers and congregation and ask God to open us up to where we have missed it, and help us to put it right. If we have not been faithful to our tithes, we need to make amends, and if we have used the holy things ( tithes) wrongly, we need His help and directions. This is the era of the church, the body of Christ. We are supposed to prosper because 2 Corinthians 8:9 says Christ became poor so that we can be made rich. My prayer is that the LORD will restore His church to a place of honor where His name will be glorified, Amen. Shalom!

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