Day 202 - Num. 3, Verses 1-26

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The camp of Israel is in order, and God is about to appoint certain families for certain work. But a sad story is told first. (Not without a reason).
V. 12-13 When God killed the firstborn of Egypt, He wanted all the firstborn (males Ex. 13:1212That thou shalt set apart unto the Lord all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the Lord's. (Exodus 13:12)) all the tribes of Israel as His own. Here He says He will take the tribe of Levi instead of those firstborn. All the Levites belonged specially to the Lord, and were privileged and responsible to serve Him.
V. 17 The specially-honored tribe of Levi is now divided into three families, Gershon, Kohath and Merari. Each of these families has its own service, specially chosen by the Lord. We have in these early chapters of Numbers "warriors (soldiers), worshippers, and workers". We have seen (1) a nation of warriors, gathered around their standards; put on the whole armor of God and stand for the truth; (2) a tribe of workers the tribe of Levi; and now (3) A family of worshippers the family of Aaron. We should surely delight to worship Him exactly as He has told us and should gladly serve the Lord however He may direct us.