Happy Valentine’s Day –
devotional post # 2292
Num 8:20 This is what Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the people of Israel to the Levites did. The people of Israel did for them all that Yahveh commanded Moses concerning the Levites, .
Num 8:21 And the Levites purified themselves from any mistake and washed their clothes, and Aaron offered them as a presentation offering in the sight of Yahveh, and Aaron made atonement for them to purify them.
Num 8:22 And after that the Levites went in to do their service in the conference tent in the sight of Aaron and his sons; as Yahveh had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did for them.
Num 8:23 And Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Num 8:24 “This applies to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they will come to do duty in the service of the conference tent.
Num 8:25 And from the age of fifty years they will withdraw from the duty of the service and serve no more.
Num 8:26 They can minister to their brothers in the conference tent by keeping guard, but they will do no service. This is what you will do for the Levites in assigning their duties.”
serving while we can
When the Levites were mustered for service earlier in the story, only those from 30-50 were counted. Now, Moses is instructed to allow those from 25-29 to begin participating in the work, and those who have reached the retirement age are allowed limited involvement as well. While the age requirements are designed to ensure peak performance, concessions are put into place to avoid age discrimination.
LORD, thank you for graciously allowing all of us to serve you and to share your gospel. Teach us how to make best use of our time and limited abilities and strength to serve you while we can.