devotional post # 2261
Num 3:18 And these are the names of the sons of Gershon by their clans: Libni and Shimei.
Num 3:19 And the sons of Kohath by their clans: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
Num 3:20 And the sons of Merari by their clans: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites, by their fathers’ houses.
Num 3:21 To Gershon belonged the clan of the Libnites and the clan of the Shimeites; these were the clans of the Gershonites.
Num 3:22 Their mustering according to the number of all the males from a month old and upward was 7,500.
Num 3:23 The clans of the Gershonites were to camp behind the tabernacle on the west,
Num 3:24 with Eliasaph, the son of Lael as general over the fathers’ house of the Gershonites.
Num 3:25 And the guard duty of the sons of Gershon in the tent of meeting involved the tabernacle, the tent with its covering, the screen for the entrance of the tent of meeting,
Num 3:26 the hangings of the court, the screen for the door of the court that is around the tabernacle and the altar, and its cords– all the service connected with these.
saints serving unseen
The Gershonites were the family of Levites charged with the least significant of all the Levitical duties. Yet they responded to the call and performed their duties. They did so without the boasting right of having to do personally with any of the major elements of worship. Their only boast was that they also served the covenant community. They also served God.
In every fellowship of faith there are Gershonites. They do not preach, lead worship, or lead the congregation. They serve behind the scenes. But these saints who serve unseen are just as significant as those who are always seen. We need the whole body to function properly.
LORD, thank you for those who serve unseen among us.