On the move, and a new baby born….

17 03 2011

DAY SEVENTY-FIVE : Numbers 4 v. 1 – 5 v. 10; Luke 1 v. 57 – 80; Psalm 34 v. 11 – 22

Of the Levites, a special census is taken of each clan


Kohathites – the ones who are responsible for ‘the most holy things’.
Aaron and sons will take down the curtain and cover of the Ark of the Testimony, cover it and place it on the poles.
The table of the Presence is also covered, and its poles put in place.
The lampstand is covered and put on a frame for carrying.
The gold altar is covered and its poles put in place.
All the artifacts are wrapped and placed on a frame for carrying.
The ashes are removed from the altar, and it is covered, with all the utensils wrapped, and its poles put in place.
The Kohathites do the carrying when everything is wrapped and ready, but Eleazar (Aaron’s son) is in charge of all the move, and looks after the sacred oils and incenses.

Gershonites – the ones who carry the curtains, the Tent, the coverings, the courtyard curtains, the ropes and equipment, all under the direction of Ithamar (Aaron’s son).

Meranites –
the ones who carry the frames, crossbars, posts, tent pegs and ropes. Everyone is given their own responsibility, all under the direction of Ithamar.

Numbering the Levites (men aged 30 – 50) – 2,750 Kohathites; 2,630 Gershonites; 3,200 Merarites – total 8,580 – everyone given their own work to do.

Purity – those who are sick, diseased or unclean is to be sent out of the camp, to protect others. They did as God commanded.

Restitution –
doing wrong must be confessed, and full restitution must be paid (adding 1/5th) – either to the person or a relative, or the priests (for the Lord).

Large numbers of tent-peg carriers counted today ! But see how everyone was given something to carry, to do.

Birth of John – it’s a day of great joy when Elizabeth gives birth to her baby boy – all the neighbourhood celebrate. As was customary, the eighth day was the day for circumcision, and the day for naming. Though everyone expected him to be called Zechariah (after dad), Elizabeth shouted out “No! He is to be called John.”
Zechariah confirms this decision, by writing the boy’s name out, then his voice returns and he is able to speak out, praising God.
The neighbours and friends rejoiced in all they saw and heard. They recognised the ‘hand of God’.

Zechariah’s Song – This time, Zechariah is filled with the Holy Spirit and spontaneously sings a song which
~ praises the Lord God of Israel for His redemption
~ tells of the salvation God has brought through David’s line
~ relates God’s faithfulness and mercy through every generation
~ extols God’s rescue and salvation from Israel’s enemies, leading God’s people to grow in holiness and righteousness
~ identifies baby John as a prophet of God, most High, who will prepare the way for the Lord, bringing the message of salvation and forgiveness
~ focuses on God’s tender mercy, shining light in the darkness, and guiding feet onto the pathway of peace.

John grows strong in spirit, and is an obscure desert-dweller until his public ministry begins.

“I will teach you the fear of the Lord…
Turn from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it…
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”




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