Separation 10

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Separation – Day 10

Numbers 16:9-10

The God of Israel has separated you (Levites) from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near Himself to do the work at the LORD’s tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them. He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near Himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too.

The Thought

The Levites were a special tribe who did not receive territory in the promised land, but were to do the Lord’s work among all the other tribes, they were to be the priests throughout the nation.

There was a difference between the “priestly tribe” and the priesthood. All the Levites were part of the priestly tribe and had duties in the tabernacle, but only the sons of Aaron were to be the high priests (Exodus 40:12-15, Numbers 18:1-3).

In this chapter we read of Korah’s rebellion when a group of Levites became jealous of the leadership of Moses and the priesthood of Aaron. They wanted all men to be equal! They didn’t realise that in God’s eyes we are! The Lord does not prefer priests to factory workers or refuse collectors. He doesn’t bless people in one career more than in another. God loves each person the same, but He doesn’t give us all the same tasks to do.

How easy it is for us as Christians to try to do “everything”. The Levites were the “separated” tribe, but had the capacity to unify the whole nation of Israel because they were the common factor. Today each nation has Christians and I believe that one day we will be the unifying factor across the world. We are called to be set apart as the Levites were, to serve our God in the way He tells us to and in the place He shows us, trusting Him to take care of the “bigger picture”!


Praise God for Old Testament lessons for modern day life. Praise Him for His people set apart for Him.

Pray for your church to fulfill its calling. Pray against jealousy.

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