devotional post # 2270
Num 4:21 Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Num 4:22 “Take a census of the sons of Gershon also, by their fathers’ houses and by their clans.
Num 4:23 From thirty years old up to fifty years old, you shall list them, all who can come to do duty, to do service in the conference tent.
Num 4:24 This is the service of the clans of the Gershonites, in serving and bearing burdens:
Num 4:25 they will carry the curtains of the tabernacle and the conference tent with its covering and the covering of goatskin that is on top of it and the screen for the entrance of the conference tent
Num 4:26 and the hangings of the court and the screen for the entrance of the gate of the court that is around the tabernacle and the altar, and their cords and all the equipment for their service. And they will do all that needs to be done with regard to them.
Num 4:27 All the service of the sons of the Gershonites will be at the command of Aaron and his sons, in all that they are to carry and in all that they have to do. And you will assign to their charge all that they are to carry.
Num 4:28 This is the service of the clans of the sons of the Gershonites in the conference tent, and their guard duty is to be under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.
The Gershonites were the curtain crew. Once the Kohathites had removed all the sacred objects and furnishings, the Gershonites came in and methodically took down all the walls and screens of the tabernacle, and transported them. The only things they left were the support poles and beams, which were to be the responsibility of the Merarites (29-33).
LORD, show us how to be diligent and methodical in our service to you, regardless of how glamorous the task is.