February 27

Numbers 3&4

The Levites had a lot of responsibility caring for the Temple and all that went with it. The sons of Levi were chosen by God to be priests through which the nation of Israel would have access to God. So they were responsible for the material church and the spiritual health of the Jewish people.

Peter calls us a royal priesthood in I Peter 2:5&9. We who have received mercy have the responsibility to “proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called (us) out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

So when I read about the duties of the Old Testament priests I try to make a connection to what God intends for us today. After all, there really is a spiritual parallel for us in the day to day lives recorded in the Old Testament.

I noticed that each family had specific requirements. It was all very organized. No one person did everything and none were exempt.

A healthy New Testament church is like that, too. As a kingdom of priests, a royal priesthood, each of us should be actively involved in a body of believers, using our gifts and talents for the building up of saints to equip us to share the gospel with our neighbors and friends.

God has a job for each of us to do within His church. I pray that He will give each of us opportunities to serve Him and that He will find us faithful.

Father, I thank you for your Church. I thank you that we have the privilege of gathering together as a body of believers to worship you, to learn from your word, and to encourage one another. Help each of us to find our place within that congregation of Bible believing worshipers. And may your Church be healthy because each of us has obeyed your call to action.

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