Numbers 4:1-4,21-22,24-25,29,31-32,46-48 (NLT) Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Record the names of the members of the clans and families of the Kohathite division of the tribe of Levi. List all the men between the ages of thirty and fifty who are eligible to serve in the Tabernacle. “The duties of the Kohathites at the Tabernacle will relate to the most sacred objects... And the Lord said to Moses, “Record the names of the members of the clans and families of the Gershonite division of the tribe of Levi... “These Gershonite clans will be responsible for general service and carrying loads. They must carry the curtains of the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle itself with its coverings, the outer covering of fine goatskin leather, and the curtain for the Tabernacle entrance... “Now record the names of the members of the clans and families of the Merarite division of the tribe of Levi... “Their only duty at the Tabernacle will be to carry loads. They will carry the frames of the Tabernacle, the crossbars, the posts, and the bases; also the posts for the courtyard walls with their bases, pegs, and ropes; and all the accessories and everything else related to their use. Assign the various loads to each man by name... So Moses, Aaron, and the leaders of Israel listed all the Levites by their clans and families. All the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle and for its transportation numbered 8,580.
8,580 strong men were selected to carry the Tabernacle and it seems like a lot of talent wasted instead of using them to fight a war.
Why was God so caught up about who would carry the Tabernacle and how does this relate to us today?
The specificity of God's calling went down to each man among the millions that were being led in the desert and to each was assigned a specific purpose.
God did not simply assign tasks to each but it seems the people were moulded to their calling before being called to the task.
When Moses met God at the burning bush and was hesitant about his calling, Aaron was already on the way to the same mountain to fulfill his role. Aaron was Moses' voice to the Pharaoh and the Israelites but Moses was respected as their leader even though he stuttered.
The Kohathites men were 8,600 in total from a month old upwards and of them, only 2,750 (32%) were serviceable. The Gershonites were 7,500 in total and only 2,630 (35%) were serviceable. The Merarites were 6,200 in total and 3,200 (52%)were serviceable.
The Merarites were the smallest in total number but had the most qualified men to carry the heaviest burden in the temple. For whatever service God calls us, He provides us the adequate proportion of everything that me might serve Him to the best of our abilities.
So from the 2 million plus Israelites traveling together, God called the clan of Levites for His service and the number of men were exactly the same as the number of first born among the 12 tribes.
From these men of the Levite clans, there were exact numbers called to specific duties and this clearly shows God as being not just a great director but also as the originator and orchestrator!
Also note the specific age chosen for men to serve was 30 to 50. That would have at the time been the prime years of men when they were the strongest and most effective to serve in physical labor.
In totality, when we consider the calling of the Levites, we can see that there are a few called to serve God among the many but yet to each in the many were given tasks with the primary goal of glorifying God.
1 Corinthians 12:4-14 (NIV) There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
The Bible reminds us that God chose us before time began and we are here at this time to reflect His glory to the world. Each of us are called by Him not for our own fame but for His.
Are you open to His calling and submitted to His lead? If you are called, are you walking out your calling as God has pre-determined for you?
I pray today that you and I will open our eyes to the realization that we are not in this world for ourselves or our fame but for Jesus's glory and His name!
In His Loving Service,
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