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Sunday, February 17 2019
A Bible Journey, 120: Why Was The House Of Aaron Made Holy?
"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. Levi's mother was Leah (see The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Leah).
For all of Levi's own lifetime and for the four centuries that the Israelites lived in Egypt, there was nothing different about the tribe of Levi. The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) didn't assign the Levites to be the priesthood until after the Exodus, when the Israelites were in the Sinai. The first Passover, in Egypt, was ministered by the head of each household - there were no priests (see What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?).
The Levites however 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. The house of Aaron was made holy, not because they were holy, but because the service to the LORD that they were assigned to do was holy.
"3:1 These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the LORD spake with Moses in mount Sinai [see A Bible Journey, 69: The Camp At Mount Sinai].
The LORD's command to Moses regarding the tribe of Levi 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 duties of 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 A Bible Journey, 119: Battle Flags).
"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, but still entirely within the Kingdom of 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
This Day In History, February 17
364: Roman Emperor Jovian died. He reigned only eight months (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar and The Roman Emperors: Domitian; also The Messiah And The Caesars and The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
1461: During the Wars of the Roses, the Yorkists were defeated by the Lancastrians at the Battle of St. Albans.
1600: Giordano Bruno, scientist and mathematician whose theories were ahead of his time, was burned as a "heretic" in Rome during the Inquisition.
1759: British army commander James Wolfe sailed from Britain to capture Quebec from France. The political future of Canada was settled at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham near Quebec City on September 13 1759. Both commanders, Major General James Wolfe of Britain and Lt. General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm of France were killed in the battle.
1772: The first partition of Poland, by Russia and Prussia (Prussia is in Germany), also later by Austria.
1776: The first volume of Edward Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (now commonly shortened to The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) was published.
Gibbon was also a member of the democratically-elected British Parliament in the time of the revolution of the New England colonies. While propagandized "history" now incorrectly declares otherwise, King George III was not a dictator - Legislation was debated and voted into law by elected members of Parliament (including the various Acts that applied to the British citizens in the New England colonies) and then merely ratified "in the King's Name" (as the custom of law continues today) i.e. in the head of the family's name ("king" means head of a kin, father of a nation).
King George III had no more executive "dictatorial power" than a modern day president of a republic (in fact, much less than most; see The Origin Of Politics and Republics; also also Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right? and When Do Liberals Become Conservatives?).
1863: A group of people in Geneva, Switzerland established the International Committee for Relief to the Wounded. It later became known as the International Committee of the Red Cross, commonly known today simply as the Red Cross.
1864: A Confederate hand-propelled submarine, armed with a ram torpedo, sunk a Union ship off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. It is considered the first successful attack by a submarine - although not the first operational submarine.
Most people are familiar with King James from the 1611 King James Version of the Holy Bible that was named after him. But he was also a man of science ahead of his time. The illustration below is that a submarine that King James had built in 1620.
1875: Friedrich Argelander died at age 76. The Prussian (Prussia is in Germany) astronomer established the study of variable stars as an independent branch of astronomy. He is renowned for his catalog which lists the positions and magnitudes of 324,188 stars - the Bonner Durchmusterung was the result of 25 years of observational work.
1909: Arizona-born Apache chief Geronimo died at age 80. "Geronimo" was the name given to him by Mexican troops during his homeland wars against Mexico and Texas (see also The First Chinese American War).
1919: Sir Wilfred Laurier died. He was the first French-Canadian to become Prime Minister of Canada (1896-1911).
1934: Albert I died at age 59. As Belgian king from 1909 to 1934, he commanded Belgian army during the First World War. He refused the German ultimatum of August 2 1914, demanding free passage of German troops across Belgium; the German invasion followed 2 days later. Albert was the son of Philip count of Flanders and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern. He married Elisabeth, the daughter of the duke of Bavaria.
1955: Britain announced that it had hydrogen bombs (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1957: The Suez Canal reopened after the Suez War between Israel and Egypt.
1969: Russian-born, U.S.-raised, Golda Meir was sworn in as Israel's first female Prime Minister.
1972: The British House of Commons voted to join the European Community.
1996: World champion Garry Kasparov beat the "Deep Blue" supercomputer in a chess match.
1998: Voyager 1 became the most distant human-made object in space as it passed the distance set by the previous record holder Pioneer 10. On that day it was 6.5 billion miles from earth, traveling at 39,000 mph. It had been launched just over 20 years previous, on September 5 1977.
1998: Ernst Juenger died at age 102. The German writer was involved in the July 20 1944 plot to kill Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).