每日诗歌: 何等恩典 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTLtUxrRELk)
Numbers 3 [Read]
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Mark 3:22-35 [Read]
Levites were the focus of today’s OT reading. They were not to be counted as part of the army (1:49), for they were set aside specifically for the service of the tabernacle. They were the only ones who were allowed to touch the materials and parts of the tabernacle, and all the priests must come from this tribe. Even among the Levites, there was strict regulation about who could perform which duty. This is a good point to keep in mind when we read the historical books in coming months. Bible subtly points out such violation in those future corrupted generations.
Who is Levi anyway? Why do they get such privileges? It is interesting to go back to Genesis and refresh our memory a bit. Levi was never noticeable until Gen 34, in which he carried out a bloody massacre of the Shechemites with Simeon. He obviously was a harsh and cruel man. By the end of his life, Jacob still remembered what they did many years ago. So, his final words to them were basically a curse (Gen 49:5-7). They shall not have their own land, and they shall be scattered among the Israelites.
Who would have thought that from such cursed tribe a deliverer of the Israelites would come? Moses was a Levite, and he became the conduit of God’s blessings unto the entire nation of Israel. On the other hand, the tribe indeed was scattered among the Israelites in the future. This again confirms that our God is righteous and just, and he will not leave the guilty unpunished (Ex 34:7). He is also merciful and compassionate, and “he will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever” (Ps 103:9).
This is encouraging news for everyone in the Kingdom of God. We will commit sins, and some of them could be serious. There is no avoidance of the consequences. However, we may also be assured that there will be grace, plenty of it, to cover our sins. The cross of Jesus Christ can turn the worst sinner into a holy Leviticus priest to serve the eternal God, for “he will have mercy on whom he will have mercy. He will have compassion on whom he will have compassion” (Ex 33:19). That has to make you feel pretty good today.
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