Saturday, February 27, 2016

Saturday, February 27th: Numbers 3-4 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Numbers 3-4

In chapter 3 we read about how the Levites are to assist Aaron with the duties at the tent of meeting and doing the work of the tabernacle. We see twice how God says that if anyone else approaches the sanctuary they are to be put to death (verses 10 & 38).

In chapter 4 we continue to read about the duties that the Kohathite and the Gershonite branches of Levites had to do.

When reading these portions of scripture we sometimes find they are not as easy to read as other parts of the Bible, but they are obviously important because they give us foundational information that we use when later reading other parts of the Bible that help us to understand.

The Israelites needed to follow what God said closely, or they too could face death like Aaron's eldest two sons (verse 4).

Chapter 3 ends with God explaining to Moses that He will take the Levites in place of all the firstborn of the Israelites, the numbers were fairly close, as well as all the firstborn livestock of the Levites in place of the firstborn livestock of the Israelites (verse 41).The difference in numbers could be redeemed for 5 shekels. This money was given to Aaron and his sons.

All Israelites were God's creation, but the first born needed to be redeemed. In the same way all people are God's by creation, and need to be redeemed, this can only be done through the sacrifice made by Jesus by dying for our sins and us excepting this gift of forgiveness. True christians are His by redemption.

Just like the Levites were given specific jobs and duties, we as christians should also look to see what we can do for Him.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Numbers 5-6


TammyIsBlessed said...

So thankful for our redemption purchased at such great cost by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Pamela said...

Can you imagine what it would have been like to count everyone and record it? It's hard to imagine without the modern technologies we take advantage of today.