Dec 9, 2018
Sometimes, we read the books of the Old Testament and assume they have nothing to with us. They are just ancient history, chronicling the exploits of the people of Israel as they stumbled their way through the wilderness on the way to the land of promise. But if we look closely, we will see so many lessons that apply to us, right here, right now. And in Numbers 2-3 we get a wonderful preview of God’s incredible plan for our redemption. In these two chapters we are introduced to the substitutionary role the Levites played in the lives of the Israelites. They took the place of the firstborns, serving in their place and fulfilling God’s claim that these individuals belonged to Him. As we’ll see, God had a right to expect the firstborn males of each family to serve Him alone. But rather than requiring their undistracted service to Him, He called on the tribe of Levi to act as substitutes or stand-ins. The Levites gave their lives so that others might live. Just as Jesus Christ has don for us.