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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Only to the tribe of Levi he had given no inheritance; the sacrifices of the Lord God of Israel made by fire are their inheritance, as He said to them.”—Joshua 13:14 (NKJV)
In taking possession of the land God had promised to them, the Israelites began the task of dividing up their conquered territory among their various tribes. Certain tribes would settle in certain regions of the land—with one exception.
The Tribe of Levi was unique within Israel in that God set them apart from the rest. This was because at the outset of Israel’s journey to the Promised Land, a generation earlier, the Tribe of Levi collectively took a stand against idolatry under Moses’ leadership: “Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, ‘Whoever is on the Lord’s side—come to me!’ And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him . . . Then Moses said, ‘Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, that He may bestow on you a blessing this day . . .’” (Exodus 32:26-29 NKJV).
From this moment on, the Levites (those of the tribe of Levi) were given the unique privilege of serving as priest for the rest of Israel. They were the ones who would act as the spiritual intercessors for all of their countrymen. They were completely dedicated and devoted to this essential role.
Now, as Israel settles into their land, the Levites continue to be unique from every other Israelite. Instead of inheriting a vast tract of land to raise livestock and grow crops in, they would establish cities within the other territories where they could provide their spiritual services for their countrymen. And as part of their service, compensation would come to them by way of the sacrifices that would be offered to God by them.
Why this history lesson? We need to see that even back in the time of Joshua, God had called out a certain group of people to serve Him on behalf of those around them. There’s a parallel here for the Christian, because 1 Peter 2:5 tells us that God has called us apart to serve as a “holy priesthood” as we seek to intercede and serve the spiritual needs of those who surround us.
Those who are “in Christ” are like modern-day Levites. And just as God had a special provision and blessing for the Levites of old, He’s reserved an incomparable blessing for those who have been called to serve Him.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”—1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)
DIG: What was unique about the Levites?
DISCOVER: How did God uniquely provide for them?
DO: Examine the connection between Levites and Christians and how this affects you.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.