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Friday, November 22 2013
Numbers 4: The Levite Clans
Levi was one of the sons of Jacob, born in Syria before the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) changed his father Jacob's name to "Israel" (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel i.e. only three tribal patriarchs were born after Jacob became Israel - Benjamin, who was the only patriarch born in the land of Canaan, and Ephraim and Manasseh who were born in Egypt; see The Rachel Prophecies and Genesis 48: The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh).
"35:23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:
"46:2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. 46:3 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: 46:4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes. 46:5 And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 46:6 And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him:" (Genesis 46:2-6 KJV)
The Israelites grew into a great multitude during the four hundred years that they remained in Egypt (see Exodus 1: I Will There Make Of Thee A Great Nation). By the time of the Exodus, each tribe had itself grown into a multitude of tens of thousands. The Levites were set apart by the LORD to serve Him at the Tabernacle (see Exodus 26: The First Christian Tabernacle) according to the clans that descended from Levi's three sons Gershon, Kohath and Merari.
"4:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 4:2 Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers, 4:3 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. 4:4 This shall be the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation, about the most holy things: 4:5 And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it: 4:6 And shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.
"4:21 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
"4:29 As for the sons of Merari, thou shalt number them after their families, by the house of their fathers;
Moses and Aaron were brothers, of the Kohath clan (see also The Meeting Of Moses And Aaron).
"4:34 And Moses and Aaron and the chief of the congregation numbered the sons of the Kohathites after their families, and after the house of their fathers, 4:35 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that entereth into the service, for the work in the tabernacle of the congregation: 4:36 And those that were numbered of them by their families were two thousand seven hundred and fifty. 4:37 These were they that were numbered of the families of the Kohathites, all that might do service in the tabernacle of the congregation, which Moses and Aaron did number according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
Fact Finder: (a) How and when was the Levite priesthood established? (b) How did the Levite priesthood change after the Babylonian exile? (c) How were faithful Levites always Christian, whether in the "Old" Testament era or the "New" Testament era?
This Day In History, November 22
498: Upon the death of Pope Anastasius II, Symmachus was elected Pope in the Lateran Palace, while Laurentius was elected Pope in Santa Maria Maggiore (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
845: Nominoe, the first King of all Brittany, defeated the Frankish king Charles the Bald at the Battle of Ballon, near Redon.
1220: Frederick II was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Honorius III at St. Peter's in Rome (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes). Frederick pledged to defend the Catholic Church and launch the next "Crusade" for the Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1497: Vasco Da Gama of Portugal became the first navigator to sail around the Cape of Good Hope in his search for a sea route to India.
1718: Edward Teach, the English pirate known as "Blackbeard," was killed off the east coast of North America.
1757: Austrian forces defeated the Prussians at Breslau during the Seven Years War.
1830: The Belgian Congress voted to establish the country into a monarchy.
1837: Scottish-born Canadian journalist and politician (he was the first Mayor of the city that is known today as Toronto) William Lyon Mackenzie called for a revolution against the United Kingdom in his essay "To the People of Upper Canada." Mackenzie fled to the U.S. after the people of Canada rejected his rebellion.
1860: Prior to the U.S. Civil War, a secessionist meeting was held in Abbeville, South Carolina, causing some to refer to the city as "The Birthplace and Deathbed of the Confederacy" (Jefferson Davis held one of his last cabinet meetings there on May 2 1865).
1869: In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark was launched. It was one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving today.
1878: In Afghanistan, the British under Sir Samuel Browne bombed and captured the Ali Masjid fortress, thus beginning the Second Afghan War.
1906: The International Radio Telecommunications Commission adopted "SOS" as a new distress call.
1942: The Soviet army completed the encirclement of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad during the Second World War (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1943: Lebanon became independent after 23 years of French rule.
1963: U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated at age 46. The shots were allegedly fired in Dallas from the Texas School Book Depository by a former U.S. Marine, Lee Harvey Oswald, 24, who himself was shot and killed 2 days later while denying the charge and claiming "I'm just a patsy."
1967: United Nations Resolution 242 was passed by the Security Council. It intended to provide Israel with secure frontiers, while at the same time requiring it to return "conquered" territories, and stated a need for a just solution for the Palestinian refugees (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Balfour Declaration).
1975: Juan Carlos was sworn in as king of Spain, the first Spanish monarch since Alfonso XIII went into exile in 1931. General Francisco Franco, who had ruled Spain since 1939, died 2 days earlier.
1990: Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as British Prime Minister after 11 years in office.
1991: The UN Security Council chose Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Boutros Boutros Ghali to be UN Secretary General, succeeding Javier Perez de Cuellar.
2005: Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany.