“We belong to God. All in us is His.” – Catherine McAuley
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” – Romans 12:1
You belong to God. Maybe you have never let that reality really sink in, but that doesn’t make it any less true. You have been purchased with the precious blood of Christ, and now are to be completely surrendered to God’s leadership. Truth be told, you are a servant to someone or something. What you yield to is what you serve, and you have to choose. To select selfishly is to reject God’s mandate to serve and honor Him alone.
In our text today, we see an interesting group of people in the Levites. They were different than the rest of the children of Israel, as they were chosen by God to serve. The twelve tribes were numbered in chapters one and two, but Levi was left off from the numbering. Levi would have no land area (only cities) when they came into the Promised Land, and Levi was distinct in its exclusive rights to tabernacle care and work.
The Levites took the place of the firstborns. In Egypt, God claimed all the firstborns unto Himself, meaning that any firstborn would serve the Lord and belong to the service of the Lord. Instead of pulling firstborns from each tribe, God elects to claim the entire male population of the tribe of Levi as His own. Surprisingly the numbers of firstborns in Israel, and the number of Levites was very similar.
Within the Tribe of Levi three groups or segments were identified. These three groupings were determined by the three sons of Levi: Kohath, Gershon, and Merari. All the Levites would belong to one of these three families, and each family had a special task to accomplish with the Tabernacle.
Today we understand that there is no tabernacle nor are there any priests. Sacrifices are not done anymore and we do not need an intercessor to go between us and God. The Bible actually declares in 1 Peter 2:5, 1 Peter 2:9, Hebrews 7:23-29 and more, that we have the priesthood of the believer. Each Christian has direct access to God. This does not mean we have replaced or can claim all promises made of the Israelites or Levites in the Old Testament, but it does reveal that God expects us to be wholly His.
After you got saved the Bible declares, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:20. Just as the Levites belonged to God, and were to be busy about and dedicated to the service of God, we too should be faithful to serve the Lord.
Today make the choice to be a servant of God; completely submitted to His will and plan for your life. Be willing to say “I surrender all” and mean it. Remember you will serve someone today, so let’s make it service to the One who gave you life.
Daily Scripture Reading
Numbers 3 - 4
“And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;”