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Sunday, February 24, 2013

February 24 - Numbers 3-4: God Prepares a Travel Party

Today’s Reading: Numbers 3-4

The Message

English Standard Version

Today's reading is about God organizing how the people would transport the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. Except for 3:40-51, feel free to scan through today if you are behind or get bogged down in the details.

Thought to Guide Your Reading

God prepares the people for travel.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

God gave an important job to the Levites: transportation of His Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. The job was organized by family—each family carrying different parts of the Tabernacle. Aaron and his sons were to cover all of the holy objects before anyone could walk in the Tabernacle to prevent the movers from seeing the objects.
To fulfill God's requirement that the first male offspring of a woman or animal be given to God, God allowed the Levites to stand as a substitute. The Levites would be dedicated to God instead.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

God chose the Levites to be dedicated to Him for His service.

God required the firstborn child to be dedicated to Him. Since this was given to the existing nation, He allowed the Levites to serve as a substitution for those born in Egypt. This meant they would be free to perform all the tasks God required to forgive sins, give sacrifices peace offering, thanksgiving offerings, etc.
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