Despite the chaos of the priests, God took Aaron aside, and appointed he and his family to take over the duties of the Kohathites. God already made clear that Moses and Aaron were His picks, but since Kohath and his family rebelled, God expanded Aaron’s families responsibilities to include the care and moving of God’s precious things. It must have been both an honor and a sadness to be the family to care for the temple treasures.
Aaron and his family would gladly and honorably complete the assignment; but, it would also be a reminder of the rebellion. God was still aligning the people with His plan. Such an alignment was difficult. God was in a way, starting from “square-one”. But, God straightened His own house first, then the Lord would work to align the remainder of the people.
This passage is a simple reminder that God never quits on us. No matter the disaster or sin, God will pick up and move forward with His plan. It is also a reminder that sin leaves a hole. When we rebel, it not only affects us; but, it also affects many innocent people around us. We cannot undo the damaged caused. God can, however, begin to move forward and replace and restore what is loss with His best and His brightest. We have to remember that God knows everything and has a plan for us and our lives. Jeremiah said it best, “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord! Plans to prosper you–and not to harm you. Plans to Give you hope and a future!” Jeremiah 29:11.
God Bless You
The Lord said to Aaron, “You, your sons and your family are to bear the responsibility for offenses connected with the sanctuary, and you and your sons alone are to bear the responsibility for offenses connected with the priesthood. 2 Bring your fellow Levites from your ancestral tribe to join you and assist you when you and your sons minister before the tent of the covenant law. 3 They are to be responsible to you and are to perform all the duties of the tent, but they must not go near the furnishings of the sanctuary or the altar. Otherwise both they and you will die. 4 They are to join you and be responsible for the care of the tent of meeting—all the work at the tent—and no one else may come near where you are.
5 “You are to be responsible for the care of the sanctuary and the altar, so that my wrath will not fall on the Israelites again. 6 I myself have selected your fellow Levites from among the Israelites as a gift to you, dedicated to the Lord to do the work at the tent of meeting. 7 But only you and your sons may serve as priests in connection with everything at the altar and inside the curtain. I am giving you the service of the priesthood as a gift. Anyone else who comes near the sanctuary is to be put to death.”