devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2319
Num 18:1 So Yahveh said to Aaron, “You and your sons and your father’s house with you will bear the violation connected with the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you will bear the violation connected with your priesthood.
Num 18:2 And with you bring your brothers also, the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, that they may join you and serve you while you and your sons with you are in the sight of the tent of the testimony.
Num 18:3 They will keep guard over you and over the whole tent, but will not come near to the vessels of the sanctuary or to the altar or else they, and you, will die.
Num 18:4 They will join you and keep guard over the conference tent for all the service of the tent, and no outsider will come near you.
Num 18:5 And you will keep guard over the sanctuary and over the altar, so that there may never again be wrath on the people of Israel.
Num 18:6 And notice, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among the people of Israel. They are a gift to you, given to Yahveh, to do the service of the conference tent.
Num 18:7 And you and your sons with you will guard your priesthood for all that concerns the altar and that is within the veil; and you will serve. I give your priesthood as a gift, and any outsider who comes near will be put to death.”
two gifts for the priests
The Aaronic priesthood was particular to Yahveh’s covenant with the Israelites, and has no direct counterpart in the covenant initiated by Christ. Under the new covenant, all believers are priests, bringing access to God through the gospel, and protecting people from his holiness and wrath by preaching repentance.
But there are two points of application for us today as we consider our priesthood. God gave the priests of the tabernacle two gifts: the work of the priesthood itself, and the Levites to assist them and guard the sanctuary. By obediently serving, the priests would be blessed. By allowing others to support them, they would be a blessing.
LORD, inspire in us a new appreciation for the work of evangelism, and those who help us in the work.