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February 13, 2018 Bible Study — Dedicating the Levites

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Numbers 3-4.

    Yesterday, I suggested two reasons why the Levites were not included in the census of those available to go to war for the Israelite nation. The first was that if they went to war they would be ceremonially unclean for handling the Tabernacle. The second was that they were reserved for the defense of the Tabernacle and its fittings. Today’s passage seems to confirm that my guess that it was the first rather than the second. The reason I reach that conclusion is that today’s passage contains a census of the males of the tribe of Levi. Unlike the census of those able to go to war, this census was of all males one month and older. These were dedicated to the Lord in place of the first born sons of the rest of the people of Israel.

February 13, 2017 Bible Study — The Levites Are Given to God

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Numbers 3-4.

    The Levites were left out of the count of fighting men, but nevertheless they were counted. On the first Passover, God had declared that all of the first-born sons of Israel were His, since He had spared them when He killed the first-born of Egypt. However, it was impractical to raise all of the first-born sons to serve the Tabernacle. So, God chose the Levites as substitutes for the first-born sons of the rest of Israel. There is a lesson here for us that I am having trouble articulating. In part it is the idea that in every generation some of our children should be raised up to enter into the ministry. Yet, it is more than that. Another piece of it is that we should give back to God from the first of what we receive, whether it is material goods, children, or even our time.

February 13, 2016 Bible Study — Our Children Belong To God

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading. I had been using One Year Bible Online, but it was time for a change.

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Today, I am reading and commenting on Numbers 3-4.

    When Moses had done the census of the fighting age men of Israel he did not count the men of the tribe of Levi because the tribe of Levi was set aside to serve the Tabernacle and the priests. Now Moses conducted a count of the males of the tribe of Levi. Unlike with the census of the rest of the tribes Moses counted every male of the tribe of Levi one month old and older. The passage goes on to explain that the Levites represented the first born males of Israel whom God spared when He sent the angel of death to kill the first born sons in Egypt. There is a theme presented here that is alluded to elsewhere in the Old Testament. That theme is that the firstborn sons belong to God and need to be redeemed. I believe that there was a tradition among the people surrounding the Israelites of sacrificing the first born son to their gods. I believe the message here and elsewhere was that those peoples got it partially right; our children belong to God. However, God did not, and does not, desire us to sacrifice our children, not even our firstborn. Our children belong to God, we have no right to take their lives, not even before they are born.