When you hear the word, “Levi,” you are probably like me and think of a brand of blue jeans.
In addition to good jeans, Levi is one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Their role will add to our appreciation of worship.
Levi’s Job Description
While Moses was on the mountain with God, he received the job description for the tribe of Levi.
— Deuteronomy 10.8 – At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister to him, and to bless in his name, to this day.
Rudy Ross is a member of the tribe of Levi. In today’s YouTube video on the Bob Spradling channel, Rudy provides quite a bit of interesting information about the role of this tribe.
Verse 8 sets forth three tasks that were to be performed by the Levites.
(1) Carry the Ark – In today’s YouTube video, Rudy points out how the entire care of the Tabernacle was the job of this tribe.
Moses recounted the renewal of the covenant with God and the ark that would hold the covenant or constitution of the nation.
Deuteronomy 10.1-2 – At that time the Lord said to me, “Carve out two tablets of stone like the former ones, and come up to me on the mountain, and make an ark of wood.
“I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets, which you smashed, and you shall put them in the ark.”
The Tabernacle and the Temple (which was constructed years later) was the location where God met the High Priest, who was from the tribe of Levi.
Think About It
Think with me, please. What value does God place on his relationship with humans?
— He commanded his people to construct and Tabernacle and later a Temple to show them how much he desires a relationship with us.
— He set apart one of the twelve tribes, who had one single job. Their job was to maintain a relationship with God.
— He gave his only Son to allow all humans to have a friendship with God.
The High Priest met once a year in the holiest place of the Temple. This sacred place was separated by a very thick curtain.
At the moment of Jesus’ death on the cross we read, “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27.51).
Let’s not miss the fact that God created a tribe who were given the privilege of meeting with him. That same privilege is ours, because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
Stand Before the Lord
(2) Stand Before the Lord – The tribe of Levi was to “stand before the Lord to minister to him” (Deuteronomy 10.8).
In the ancient world, people stood to honor a dignitary. God is not like a Middle Eastern potentate, who craves the fawning love of his subjects.
God is a loving God, who doesn’t want his children to take his great character for granted. One out of twelve of the tribes was given the task of reminding the Hebrew nation of how God is to be revered and loved.
They modeled for the entire people the essence of the Great Commandment, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6.5).
The Tabernacle is an earthly picture of a heavenly reality. When John received a vision of heaven, he saw 24 elders engaged in this kind of behavior.
— Revelation 4.9-11 – And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the one who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
The twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing,
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
Think About It
People from the tribe of Levi counted it a great privilege to be a person who could have any part in the worship of God.
The 24 elders use every word in their vocabulary to describe the majesty of God.
Should we follow their example and experience times of worship? Let’s not cheat ourselves out of this great privilege.
Set Apart Servants
(3) Each of the twelve tribes of Israel had roles to play in the nation. The tribe of Levi was set apart from the others, as was evident in the allotment of the land.
— Deuteronomy 10.9 – Therefore Levi has no allotment or inheritance with his kindred; the Lord is his inheritance, as the Lord your God promised him.
The Levites were a constant reminder that Israel was a nation formed by God’s love. In turn, the best the people could do was to love God in return.
The tribe of Levi was a gift to all of Israel. They were a constant reminder of the reality of God and the opportunity to love and serve him.
Christians today have a similar role to play as did the Levites. We are privileged to personally know God and to worship him. We are a reminder to people around us that God is real and available to love them.
About This Blog
Please take time today to listen to the YouTube video that Rudy Ross and I present on the Bob Spradling channel. Rudy is a Levite and has some interesting thoughts on the subject.
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