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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Numbers Chapter 8

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: A Record of Israel's Unbelief (c 1-27)
Theme: Preparing for the Journey (c 1-10)
Message: The Levites Are Dedicated (v 1-26)

Numbers 8 Commentary

(8:1-4) The Candlestick - The candlestick provided light for the priests as they carried out their duties. The light was also an expression of God's presence. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12). Today, golden candlesticks are still one of the important symbols of the Jewish faith

(8:25-26) Serving the Lord as We Age - Why were the Levites supposed to retire at age 50? The reasons were probably more practical than theological: Moving the tabernacle and its furniture through the wilderness required great strength, and the younger men were better suited for the work. The retirement of the older Levites allowed the younger men to learn by assuming more responsibilities, and it put the older men in a position to advise and counsel them. The older Levites didn't stop working altogether but continued by assisting with various light duties in the tabernacle. Many people hit retirement age and stop serving at church or in the community altogether, wanting to live a life of full-time leisure. But how much better it is to look to God for a new assignment and for new ways to serve! In this way, we can continue to be useful in God's work after reaching retirement age.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Consecration

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the book of Numbers with Chapter 8 and in today's text we see the setting of the lamps and the dedication of the Levites. What catches my eye is the how the the Priests had to be clean to perform their duties in the tabernacle. In making application we see today that we need to be clean and cleansed to perform our duties in the House of the Lord, the Church. We are reminded again that we need to be clean through the repentance of our sin and be cleansed to do the work of the Lord. The Lord uses us to do His will in and through the Church but He doesn't have liberty in a dirty vessel. It needs to be clean and cleansed through the Blood of the Lamb. How about you? Do you come to the house of the Lord cleansed to do His work and His will? Let us learn from today's text and be consecrated in our service to the Lord through the repentance of our sin, Washed in the Blood of the Lamb. 

 

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Numbers 8

Numbers 8

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 2Speak unto Aaron and say unto him, When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick.

 3And Aaron did so; he lighted the lamps thereof over against the candlestick, as the LORD commanded Moses.

 4And this work of the candlestick was of beaten gold, unto the shaft thereof, unto the flowers thereof, was beaten work: according unto the pattern which the LORD had shewed Moses, so he made the candlestick.

 5And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 6Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

 7And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of purifying upon them, and let them shave all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean.

 8Then let them take a young bullock with his meat offering, even fine flour mingled with oil, and another young bullock shalt thou take for a sin offering.

 9And thou shalt bring the Levites before the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt gather the whole assembly of the children of Israel together:

 10And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites:

 11And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD for an offering of the children of Israel, that they may execute the service of the LORD.

 12And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks: and thou shalt offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, unto the LORD, to make an atonement for the Levites.

 13And thou shalt set the Levites before Aaron, and before his sons, and offer them for an offering unto the LORD.

 14Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.

 15And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt cleanse them, and offer them for an offering.

 16For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.

 17For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself.

 18And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

 19And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.

 20And Moses, and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel, did to the Levites according unto all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did the children of Israel unto them.

 21And the Levites were purified, and they washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them as an offering before the LORD; and Aaron made an atonement for them to cleanse them.

 22And after that went the Levites in to do their service in the tabernacle of the congregation before Aaron, and before his sons: as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did they unto them.

 23And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 24This is it that belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:

 25And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more:

 26But shall minister with their brethren in the tabernacle of the congregation, to keep the charge, and shall do no service. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charge.