“Then the Lord said to Aaron: “You and your sons and your father’s house with you shall bear the iniquity related to the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear the iniquity associated with your priesthood. Also bring with you your brethren of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, that they may be joined with you and serve you while you and your sons are with you before the tabernacle of witness. They shall attend to your needs and all the needs of the tabernacle; but they shall not come near the articles of the sanctuary and the altar, lest they die—they and you also. They shall be joined with you and attend to the needs of the tabernacle of meeting, for all the work of the tabernacle; but an outsider shall not come near you. And you shall attend to the duties of the sanctuary and the duties of the altar, that there may be no more wrath on the children of Israel. Behold, I Myself have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel; they are a gift to you, given by the Lord, to do the work of the tabernacle of meeting. Therefore you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for everything at the altar and behind the veil; and you shall serve. I give your priesthood to you as a gift for service, but the outsider who comes near shall be put to death.””
Numbers 18:1-7 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/num.18.1-7.NKJV
• Aaron’s line would bear the iniquity for God’s house and the priesthood
• The Levites would serve as associates alongside and “under” Aaron’s line in the ministry.
• The associate ministry of the Levites were a Gift from the Lord to the priests.
• The priesthood was a gift of service, not a presumed and assumed office. It was ordained, called, a separated work not of position and power but of service to the Lord and His people.
The priesthood under the Old Covenant was exclusive and special. Not just anyone could decide to be a priest. You had to be called and have the proper heredity. What the priests and their helpers the Levites pictured and foreshadowed in their ministry, Christ came as the climax: servant and priest. He made the final atoning work for us. No one could presume to be the Messiah or assume the duties of the New Covenant High Priesthood. Every Believer has now become associate priests to God and for His service in being born again by the Gospel, 1 Peter 2:4-5 (NKJV) says,
“4Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
Prayer: pray the passage and how the Holy Spirit has convicted you back to the Lord. Ask Him to do in You what His Word teaches.
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The Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 Project often follows the simple SOAP method to equip you to delve into your Bible and share God’s Word with others.
S cripture – read the Bible
O bservation – observe the context
A pplication – apply to life and worldview
P ray – in line with the Word
Ryan, also has a focus on Expository-Apologetics when teaching Gen1toRev22. This means that there is an undergirding, prayerful motivation that as the message of the Bible is exposed and explained that there is an opportunity to answer questions, defend, and share the Christian Faith.