Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Levites were called to minister in the tabernacle.
Maybe they were sometimes dreaming of being like everyone else.
Other Jewish tribes were busy with their business and their land.
Levites were the only tribe that didn’t have any possession of the land.
“God is their possession…” Joshua 13:33
It seems like they were the true guardians of the prosperity of the nation.
Everything was connected to them,
but they were free from all earthly duties.
As they were not given a designated slot in the land they were permitted
to be scattered among the other tribes. They received cities from others,
among these were the six cities of refuge.
Levites were the ones who moved the tabernacle from place to place.
They all camped around the tabernacle.
They were the only tribe that was not numbered.
Asaph was a Levite.
He had been appointed by King David as worship leader.
In Psalm 73 he discloses his moments of discouragement.
He could not reconcile the fact that “the wicked” seemed to be blessed,
while he himself seemed to have nothing but troubles.
“Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure…”
He questioned God’s justice until he came into the sanctuary of God.
“God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
Later prophet Habakkuk had the same kind of experience.
It ended with even greater commitment and desire to be in God’s presence.
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herds in the stalls,
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk 3:17
A nation without Levites will not survive.

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