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Thursday, November 21 2013
Numbers 3: When Were The Levites Set Apart?
"These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were anointed, whom He consecrated to minister in the priest's office"
The Israelite tribe of Levi, the Levites, originated from Jacob's son Levi who, like nearly all of his brothers, was born in Syria before the LORD changed Jacob's name to Israel (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel). Throughout Levi's lifetime (see Genesis 46: The First Census Of Israel) and for the four centuries that the Israelites lived in Egypt (see Exodus 1: I Will There Make Of Thee A Great Nation), there was nothing different about the tribe of Levi - the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) didn't assign the Levites to be the priesthood until after the Exodus, while the Israelites were in the Sinai. The first Passover, in Egypt, was ministered by the head of each household - there were no priests (see Exodus 12: The First Passover and What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?).
The Levites were thereafter set apart from the other tribes, beginning with Aaron (the brother of Moses - Moses was a Levite, but not a priest) and Aaron's descendants (see also From Moses And Aaron To Joshua and Eleazar).
"3:1 These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the LORD spake with Moses in mount Sinai [see Exodus 19: Arrival At Mount Sinai].
The LORD's instruction to Moses regarding the Levites was actually the instruction for Moses' own tribe.
"3:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 3:6 Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him. 3:7 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle. 3:8 And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle. 3:9 And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel. 3:10 And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest's office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
The Levites were assigned according to the three branches from Levi i.e. "the sons of Levi by their names; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari."
"3:17 And these were the sons of Levi by their names; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari. 3:18 And these are the names of the sons of Gershon by their families; Libni, and Shimei. 3:19 And the sons of Kohath by their families; Amram, and Izehar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 3:20 And the sons of Merari by their families; Mahli, and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to the house of their fathers.
With their service to the LORD, the Levites were also assigned to camp nearest and around the Tabernacle (see also Numbers 2: Israel's Battle Formation).
"3:38 But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, even before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death." (Numbers 3:38 KJV)
So it was then that the Levites were set apart within Israel.
"3:39 All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty and two thousand.
Fact Finder: What did Levites do in the "New" Testament? Was the man who the Messiah called the greatest prophet (i.e. John the Baptist) a Levite?
This Day In History, November 21
164 BC: Judas Maccabaeus, the son of Mattathias the Hasmonean, restored the Temple in Jerusalem after the original "abomination of desolation" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Hasmonean Judea). The event is celebrated each year by Jews with the festival of Hanukkah (see Why Did The Messiah Observe Hanukkah? and The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today).
235: Anterus began his reign as pope (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1620: Leaders of the Mayflower expedition wrote the Mayflower Compact which was designed to bolster unity among the English settlers of "New England." (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and The Pilgrims).
1783: In Paris, France, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d' Arlandes made the first uncabled balloon flight, covering nearly 6 miles in 23 minutes.
1818: Czar Alexander I of Russia called for a Jewish state in "Palestine" (the word "Palestine" originated as an alternate English pronunciation of Philistine; see also Gaza In History And Prophecy).
1880: Emmanuel Daude d'Alzon of France died at age 70. The Church of Rome cleric, who founded the order of the "Augustinians of the Assumption," was active in preparing the Church of Rome's anti-Biblical doctrine of papal infallibility - that has proven itself false, by numerous papal blunders (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1904: Motorized buses replaced horse-drawn cars in Paris.
1905: Albert Einstein's "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?" was published in the journal Annalen der Physik (Annals of Physics). The paper examined the relationship between energy and mass which led to Einstein's famous mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2.
1907: The Cunard liner Mauretania set a new speed record for steamship travel: 624 nautical miles in a one-day run.
1916: During the First World War (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Britannic, the larger sister ship of the Titanic, sank in the Kea Channel off Greece. It was on its fourth trip from Southampton to the island of Lesbos to pick up casualties. 18 people died, 1,106 survived. Still under construction when the Titanic sank in 1912, the Britannic had its design changed to correct defects in what was supposed to have been the unsinkable Titanic.
1918: The German High Seas Fleet surrendered at the Firth of Fourth in Scotland, one of the key conditions of the First World War armistice signed on November 11.
1929: A tidal wave caused by an underwater earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean off southeastern Newfoundland killed 29 people who were drowned when their homes were swept into the ocean.
1949: The United Nations granted Libya its independence (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).
1953: The British Museum published a scientific report proving that the "Pitdown Man," discovered in 1912 by Charles Dawson (not to be confused with Charles Darwin), proved to be a hoax (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).
1962: The Chinese People's Liberation Army declared a unilateral cease-fire during the Sino-Indian War.
1977: The first operational flight of the supersonic Concorde took place from London to New York.
1985: U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard was arrested for spying after being caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations. He was sentenced to life in prison.
1986: During the "Iran-Contra Affair," National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary destroyed documents that implicated them in the sale of weapons to Iran and the channeling of the proceeds to help support the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
1991: The UN Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations.
2002: NATO invited former East-Bloc communist nations Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
2004: The island of Dominica was hit by the most destructive earthquake in its recorded history.
2006: Anti-Syrian Lebanese Member of Parliament Pierre Gemayel was assassinated in suburban Beirut.