Week 33: They Shall Be Mine

Today’s Text: Numbers 1-4

Key Text: Numbers 3:11-12

“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Behold, I have taken the Levites from among the people of Israel instead of every firstborn….The Levites shall be mine’….”

They were not God’s only “children.”

They were not the only ones among the people of Israel whom God cared for.

They did, however, have a very unique and important calling.

The Levites were to “guard over” Aaron as high priest, over the “whole congregation before the tent of meeting, as they minister at the tabernacle. They (were to) guard over all the furnishings of the tent of meeting” and “keep guard over the people of Israel as they minister at the tabernacle.”

In other words, watching over the holy things and the holy life of the people was their direct responsibility.

What a daunting task!

Happily, though, they were not left to do it alone. God directed them directly as they wandered in the wilderness on the journey he had destined for them.

We too are on a holy journey. It may also feel, at times, like we are wandering in the wilderness.

We must keep the faith though – that we are not alone – we are never alone.

God’s holy presence – and God’s holy guidance – is always there – just ahead.

All we must do is faithfully follow.

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