Sorry for the lateness.. my apologies 🙂
I sent out an email with a picture of how the Levites were to surround the Tabernacle and how the 12 tribes were to surround the camp around the Tabernacle. If you did not receive this and would like a copy of it PLEASE let me know. Just send me an email at email@example.com and use the SUBJECT field as BLOG to be sure I respond to you.
This image is INCREDIBLE. God laid out the tribes around the Tabernacle in a way to protect the camp from enemy attacks as well as in the SHAPE OF A CROSS!!! Also notice that the tribe of JUDAH is at the ENTRANCE into the TABERNACLE!! EVERY one who entered the TABERNACLE HAD to come through the TRIBE OF JUDAH. Judah is at the GATE!! Chapter 2:3. JESUS comes from the TRIBE of JUDAH, LION of JUDAH on the throne!!! I don’t care how many times I read this…. It touches my heart deeply .. how God thought about our REDEMPTION in EVERY thing…. EVERY thing.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matt 7:13)
“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” John 10:9
I have also included two additional blog posts today. One is a map of the journey the Israelites are about to embark on through the wilderness. Remember their journey should have ONLY have taken 11 days … but took 40 years because of their UNBELIEF!! The 2nd map is of the eventual land divisions of the 12 tribes… notice Levi is not on the map and Simeon has a very small portion.
Chapter 3 verse 11: The LORD also said to Moses, “I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine, for all the firstborn are mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set apart for myself every firstborn in Israel, whether man or animal. They are to be mine. I am the LORD.”
The LORD said to Moses in the Desert of Sinai, “Count the Levites by their families and clans. Count every male a month old or more.” So Moses counted them, as he was commanded by the word of the LORD.
In Exodus 13 God instructed the Israelites to dedicate all their firstborn to the Lord at the time of Passover. (BTW… you know the Jewish people are about to enter their celebration of the Passover as we enter our celebration of Easter!! ) It was a substitute for the saving their lives at the the ”Passover” when the plague was set on the Egyptians. So here God says, replace all the first borns this time with the men of the Levites for a specific job. So they take a census of the Levite men (remember this was not done in yesterday’s reading because they are not one of the 12 tribes now). They are set apart for special duties to maintain the Tabernacle and to be the priests.
In the census of the Levites, they came up with 22,000 (verse 39). Then the Lord said says…. ok, go back and count the Israelites that we would have had dedicated. That number comes to 22,273 (verse 43). Not good. Remember, we always need something in exchange for redemption…”we are always bought at a price”, (Jesus was that price). So what happens to the other 273, can they be REDEEMED??
Back in Exodus 30, there was a paragraph Click here if you want to read it that discussed ATONEMENT MONEY. I actually didn’t catch it but my mentor last year did. This ATONEMENT MONEY is so extra 273 can be REDEEMED…that is why the shekels are being paid. From another person’s research in last year’s blog they discovered that the value of the 1365 shekels of silver (used to pay for the 273 extra firstborn) in today’s money, it would be worth $19,383. Again the important point is that God continually MADE (yes.. past tense) .. HE MADE a way for ALL to be REDEEMED!!!
We know Levi had three sons, Gershon, Merari, and Kohath. Kohath is the grandfather of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. A name you may want to be on the lookout for in the future is Korah and the sons of Korah. Korah was as grandson of Kohath and we will read about his “bad boy bad boy whatcha gonna do” choices in Numbers 16. Also do you remember why Levi was not part of the 12 tribes??? He and his brother Simeon killed the people (all of the people) of the men who raped their sister, Dinah (Genesis 34). Since Levi is not one of the 12 Tribes they will end up with no land (of course the Israelites were also charged with giving the priests land and food to live on since they were taking care of the Tabernacle. BUT … will this last??)
The Gershonites were responsible for the care of the Tabernacle and tent, its coverings, the curtains, the ropes, and everything related to their use.
The Merarites were appointed to take care of the frames of the tabernacle, its crossbars, posts, bases, tent pegs, and everything related to their use.
The Kohathites were responsible for the care of the sanctuary… for the care of the ARK, the table, the lamp stand, the altars, the articles of the sanctuary used in ministering. Unlike the Gershonites and the Merarites who were allowed to transport the items under their care on carts, with oxen, etc; the Kohathites HAD TO CARRY THEIR ITEMS, THE HOLY THINGS, ON THEIR SHOULDERS. They also can not TOUCH the actual articles which is why God made poles for them to be carried with so the article would not be touched by human hands. We will read in days to come that the Kohathites will begin to disdain this task and covet the role of the priests. (Will this end well for them???)
Thank you for your tolerance for my lateness. Have a wonderful weekend!!
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