Numbers 3 & 4: Are You The Priest Of God?
Verse of the Day: (3:3) These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest’s office.
1. Death (3:1-16)
And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest’s office in the sight of Aaron their father. (3:4)
Serving God is the greatest joy of my life as for me to live is Christ and to die is gain, yet it is not easy, as we must be obedient otherwise He shall chastise us. This was the case when God took the lives of Nadab and Abihu, the priests, who offered unauthorised fire to Him. It was a warning to Israel and in particular, to the priests, the sons of Aaron, that God’s service must be rendered in obedience otherwise His judgment shall be upon them. Today, when we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour, we are not only God’s priests, but temples, as His Holy Spirit indwells in our hearts. Let us therefore trust and obey God so that we shall receive His fullness of mercy and blessings. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
2. Door (3:17-51)
And the charge of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation shall be the tabernacle, and the tent, the covering thereof, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, (3:25)
God commanded the priests consisting of the three families, the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, Kohath and Merari, of their responsibility at His sanctuary. The family of Gershon was responsible in setting up the tent, covering and the hanging of the door, while the family of Kohath was responsible in setting up the ark, table, candlestick, altars and vessels, and the family of Merari was responsible in setting up the boards, bars, pillars, sockets and vessels. This was God’s leadership before any leader wrote his first leadership book. Leadership is about accountability and every member must have a role so that there is no chaos in running the organisation or family. (1 Corinthians 12:27-31)
3. Dishes (4:1-49)
And upon the table of showbread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon: (4:7)
We must do our best in whatever role entrusts to us, even though it may seem insignificant, like the priests putting the dishes at the sanctuary. Indeed, every member of our body, whether our ear or eye, is important, as every member makes up our whole body, so that we can fully function and enjoy life. This is the analogy of Jesus Christ as the Head of His church, and we are members of His church. (1 Corinthians 12:12-18)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I am Your priest and child as I trust and obey You.