O. T. #307 "Moving"
June 12, 2014
From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation. Numbers 4:3
LET IT GLOW
I can't count the number of times we have moved on my fingers and toes. The hardest part was not physically moving the heavy furniture, but leaving behind those whom we developed relationships.
Here is the second census taken of the tribe of Levi. All the Levites from 30-50 years old in service added up to 8,580. It determined who would carry the Tabernacle on the coming journey to Canaan. Only those between the ages of thirty and fifty were called by the Lord for this task. (MacArthur)
Kohath, son of Levi, carried the furnishings of the Tabernacle only after they were covered by Aaron and his sons. This responsibility was passed down to his sons.
The sons of Kohath were given the most important task in the care of the Tabernacle. It was the sacred furniture and vessels which they were responsible for, since Moses and Aaron were of that tribe.
When moving the Tabernacle furniture, the Kohathites bore (carried) it on their shoulders, with poles. They bore the weight between them. They were to not touch anything holy.
Some four centuries later King David would transgress this law with dire consequences when he attempted to bring the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem on a new cart instead of the Levites carrying it with poles upon their shoulders between them (2 Sam.6).
Full grown men who were stout and strong so they could easily carry the heavy furniture.
Do we bear the weight of the gospel, sharing it with others?
Do we follow God's instructions for our life?
LET IT GROW
Jesus was age thirty whenever He began His ministry. Luke 3:23 records Jesus' baptism at age thirty.
Of course, we know that His ministry only lasted three years before He died on the cross. But oh the influence and deeds He did in only three years.
What would we do if we knew we only had three years to live?
LET IT GO
Carry the gospel where Jesus leads.
Move when He says move.
Live for Jesus now.