Unless one has ever been pledged to the service of another, it is difficult to understand the mixture of honor and grief that becomes the heart of those set apart. The Levites were made God’s firstborns…They knew from an early age that they would always be used as God’s intermediaries to the people of Israel. What an honor, but the honor had a price–there would never be a Levitical land. Their would be places within each tribe for the Levites, but never a place to call their own. They would always be under scrutiny–they were God’s own, after all. They had to be ceremonially set apart, which also meant they always remained set apart, they could never be just one of the crowd.
As the Levites were to Israel, So was Israel to the world. The same honor and pressure the Levites felt within the nation; the nation that was to become a “Nation of Priests” was feeling as well. Throughout history, Israel has always been treated as “different”. They have been persecuted, attacked, minimized and killed all in the name of being God’s chosen people. But, God has preserved them as a nation, and set them apart as His own–Just like the Levites.
God calls us also to be set apart. 1 Peter 1:16 says, “Be holy as I am holy!” That simply means set apart! We are to look, walk and act like our Father; selfless, faithful and strong. We are not called or expected to be perfect, but, we are asked to trust and follow the Lord that loves us and is preparing an eternity for us. Sure, there is pressure to be set apart, but it is an honor and a gift to walk as one of God’s children called to be in relationship for now, and forevermore!
God Bless You
The Lord said to Moses: 6 “Take the Levites from among all the Israelites and make them ceremonially clean. 7 To purify them, do this: Sprinkle the water of cleansing on them; then have them shave their whole bodies and wash their clothes. And so they will purify themselves. 8 Have them take a young bull with its grain offering of the finest flour mixed with olive oil; then you are to take a second young bull for a sin offering. 9 Bring the Levites to the front of the tent of meeting and assemble the whole Israelite community. 10 You are to bring the Levites before the Lord, and the Israelites are to lay their hands on them. 11 Aaron is to present the Levites before the Lord as a wave offering from the Israelites, so that they may be ready to do the work of the Lord.
12 “Then the Levites are to lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, using one for a sin offering to the Lord and the other for a burnt offering, to make atonement for the Levites. 13 Have the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons and then present them as a wave offering to the Lord. 14 In this way you are to set the Levites apart from the other Israelites, and the Levites will be mine.