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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].

3:2 And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 3:3 These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest's office. 3:4 And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest's office in the sight of Aaron their father." (Numbers 3:1-4 KJV)

Levites

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.

3:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 3:12 And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine; 3:13 Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD.

3:14 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying, 3:15 Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them. 3:16 And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD, as he was commanded." (Numbers 3:5-16 KJV)

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."

The High Priest

"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.

3:21 Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites, and the family of the Shimites: these are the families of the Gershonites. 3:22 Those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, even those that were numbered of them were seven thousand and five hundred. 3:23 The families of the Gershonites shall pitch behind the tabernacle westward. 3:24 And the chief of the house of the father of the Gershonites shall be Eliasaph the son of Lael. 3:25 And the charge of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation shall be the tabernacle, and the tent, the covering thereof, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, 3:26 And the hangings of the court, and the curtain for the door of the court, which is by the tabernacle, and by the altar round about, and the cords of it for all the service thereof.

3:27 And of Kohath was the family of the Amramites, and the family of the Izeharites, and the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites: these are the families of the Kohathites. 3:28 In the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were eight thousand and six hundred, keeping the charge of the sanctuary. 3:29 The families of the sons of Kohath shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle southward. 3:30 And the chief of the house of the father of the families of the Kohathites shall be Elizaphan the son of Uzziel. 3:31 And their charge shall be the ark, and the table, and the candlestick, and the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary wherewith they minister, and the hanging, and all the service thereof. 3:32 And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall be chief over the chief of the Levites, and have the oversight of them that keep the charge of the sanctuary.

3:33 Of Merari was the family of the Mahlites, and the family of the Mushites: these are the families of Merari. 3:34 And those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were six thousand and two hundred. 3:35 And the chief of the house of the father of the families of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail: these shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle northward. 3:36 And under the custody and charge of the sons of Merari shall be the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and the sockets thereof, and all the vessels thereof, and all that serveth thereto, 3:37 And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords." (Numbers 3:17-37 KJV)

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)

The Camp

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.

3:40 And the LORD said unto Moses, Number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward, and take the number of their names. 3:41 And thou shalt take the Levites for me (I am the LORD) instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstlings among the cattle of the children of Israel.

3:42 And Moses numbered, as the LORD commanded him, all the firstborn among the children of Israel. 3:43 And all the firstborn males by the number of names, from a month old and upward, of those that were numbered of them, were twenty and two thousand two hundred and threescore and thirteen.

3:44 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 3:45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD. 3:46 And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred and threescore and thirteen of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites; 3:47 Thou shalt even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take them: (the shekel is twenty gerahs:) 3:48 And thou shalt give the money, wherewith the odd number of them is to be redeemed, unto Aaron and to his sons.

3:49 And Moses took the redemption money of them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites: 3:50 Of the firstborn of the children of Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred and threescore and five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary: 3:51 And Moses gave the money of them that were redeemed unto Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses." (Numbers 3:39-51 KJV)

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?
See The Levites Of Christ and The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets


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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).

Romulus and Remus

1370: The Battle of Rudau during the "Crusades" (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

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.

James Wolfe and Louis-Joseph de Montcalm

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?).

Edward Gibbon

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.

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.

sbmarine

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).

Geronimo

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.

Suez War

1969: Russian-born, U.S.-raised, Golda Meir was sworn in as Israel's first female Prime Minister.

Golda Meir

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).


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