Please read Numbers 2 and 3, and come on back. Leviticus and Numbers often get a “bad rap” as being boring or not applicable to us today, but if we dig a little, we’ll find lots of things to benefit us. Hang in there! Come on back and let’s visit when you are finished with these two chapters.
The children of Israel are being obedient – that’s always good news!
“The People of Israel did everything the way God commanded Moses” (Numbers 2:34 MSG)
I know that the God of the Old Testament can seem harsh to us. In Numbers 3, we have some assignments (Aaron and his sons are designated as priests, but others who try to elbow in will be put to death Numbers 3:5-10; we review how God killed the firstborn back in Egypt Numbers 3:11-13). We have to make allowances for cultural differences and what was acceptable to society at that time. We also have to view all of His actions through the lens of His character: God is kind, God is generous, God always has our best in His heart.
Did you realize that the Levites were meant as a stand-in for the firstborn sons that were killed in Egypt? Just a thought – the firstborn sons stood in the gap as priests, to make offerings and sacrifices and atonement for the sins of the people. It was a firstborn Son how came in the New Testament to stand in the gap for us as a sacrifice and once-and-for-all atonement for our sins. So grateful for Jesus!