devotional post # 2262
Num 3:27 From Kohath came the clan of the Amramites and the clan of the Izharites and the clan of the Hebronites and the clan of the Uzzielites; these are the clans of the Kohathites.
Num 3:28 According to the mustering of all the males, from a month old and upward, there were 8,600, responsible to keep guard over the sanctuary.
Num 3:29 The clans of the sons of Kohath were to camp on the south side of the tabernacle,
Num 3:30 with Elizaphan the son of Uzziel as general over the fathers’ house of the clans of the Kohathites.
Num 3:31 And their guard duty involved the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, the vessels of the sanctuary with which the priests serve, and the screen; all the service connected with these.
Num 3:32 And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest was to be general over the generals of the Levites, and to have oversight of those who kept guard over the sanctuary.
two jobs, one calling
Eleazar, one of Aaron’s sons, was designated as the general overseeing the Levite generals. This made sense because the Levites were directly responsible to protect the tabernacle and its worship. That made Eleazar kind-of bi-vocational. As a priest, he had to mind the tabernacle and its worship. As a Major General, he had to oversee the leaders of the Levites and their work.
Some people proudfully resist any kind of work other than their “ministry.” As such, they forget that any work can be part of a calling. Eleazar’s work among the Levites was just as essential to the mission as his work among the priests.
LORD, thank you for all the vocations you call us to: sacred or secular.