MONDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER , 2017
PORTION FOR LEVITES
TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 18:1-8
KEY VERSE :
“Then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, which stand there before the LORD” (DEUTERONOMY 18:7).
In 1878, when William Booth’s Salvation Army was beginning to make its mark, men and women from all over the world began to enlist. One man, who had once dreamt of becoming a bishop, crossed the Atlantic from America to England to enlist. Samuel Brengle left a fine pastorate to join Booth’s Army. But at first, General Booth accepted his services reluctantly and grudgingly. Booth said to Brengle, “You’ve been your own boss too long.” And in order to instill humility in Brengle, he assigned him the work of cleaning the boots of other trainees. Discouraged, Brengle said to himself, “Have I followed my own fancy across the Atlantic in order to black boots?” And then, as in a vision, he saw Jesus bending over the feet of rough, unlettered fishermen. “Lord,” he whispered, “you washed their feet; I will black their shoes.”
From our text, the Levites were expected to serve in God’s tabernacle.They were the only tribe not to receive an allotted inheritance among the tribes of Israel.The Lord was their portion; such was their consecration.
Levi is the third son of Jacob and Leah. The task of the Levite was to serve in the temple. His role as teacher and spiritual example is to lead others on the path of righteousness and purpose. Moses in his final prayers for Israel before his departure to glory said: “They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law…” (Deuteronomy 33:10).
In the New Testament, all believers are now levites, consecrated to render unreserved and sacrificial service unto the Lord. As servants in the Lord’s service, we should serve as servants to the Master, seeking no reward because the payday will come when we shall appear before Him at the bema seat.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A true believer is yoked to his Master.
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