devotional post # 2291
Num 8:13 And you will set the Levites in the sight of Aaron and his sons, and will offer them as a presentation offering to Yahveh.
Num 8:14 “Thus you will separate the Levites from among the people of Israel, and the Levites will be mine.
Num 8:15 And after that the Levites will go in to serve at the conference tent, when you have purified them and offered them as a presentation offering.
Num 8:16 Because they are wholly given to me from among the people of Israel. Instead of all who open the uterus, the firstborn of all the people of Israel, I have taken them for myself.
Num 8:17 Because all the firstborn among the people of Israel are mine, both of human and of animal. On the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I consecrated them for myself,
Num 8:18 and I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the people of Israel.
Num 8:19 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the people of Israel, to do the service for the people of Israel at the conference tent and to provide reconciliation for the people of Israel, that there may be no plague among the people of Israel when the people of Israel come near the sanctuary.”
a presentation offering
The Levites were an exclusive special forces army dedicated to doing the LORD’s work. They assisted the priests by carrying out functions that supported the upkeep, transport and protection of the tabernacle. The LORD described as living sacrifices, substituting the firstborn of Israel. Paul would later encourage the Roman Christians to offer themselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, focused on learning the will of God and doing it (Rom. 12:1-2).
lord, we are a presentation offering to you. Teach us your will, that we may do it.