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February 12 Today’s Reading — Numbers 3-4
The Levites and the Service of the Sanctuary
As we read in Numbers 3 and 4 about the separation of the Levites to the service of the sanctuary, let us lift our hearts heavenward and behold our Savior, the Lord Jesus, who was consecrated and set apart to our heavenly Father’s service from everlasting for the salvation of our souls! He undertook the work of redemption for us, as our Surety and Jehovah’s righteous Servant, with holy earnestness before the worlds were made. With utter, unrelenting zeal, faithfulness, and devotion he performed all the w ork.
In love for our souls, he who is Lord of all and thought it not robbery to be equal with God took upon himself the form of a servant. The Word was made flesh! God became one of us that he might make us the sons of God! Living as a man, as the God-man our Mediator, our dear Savior magnified the whole law and made it honorable. His labor of love continued until, at last our Savior could say to his Father and our Father, “I have glorified thee on the earth, I have finished the work thou gavest me to do.”
Unlike Aaron and his sons, unlike the Levites, our Lord Jesus Christ did not merely offer sacrifice for sin; he made himself the sacrifice for us! He is our Priest. He is our Altar. And He is our Sacrifice. In order to make us the righteousness of God, he was made sin for us who knew no sin. In order to make us blessed, he was made a curse for us. In order to give us life, he died under the wrath of God in our place. With his own blood, our dear Savior entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us! With his precious blood, he opened a new and living way for us, a way by which sinners may draw near to God “in full assurance of faith.” By his blood and righteousness, every sinner who comes to God may have “the full assurance of hope” with “the full assurance of understanding.” That is to say, trusting Christ we understand that God is just in justifying us and accepting us through the merits of our Savior, without our works. Therefore, we are confident before him. Christ has opened heaven for us; and none can shut that which he has opened.
Now, by grace, all who believe are made “a royal priesthood” and are numbered among the sons of Levi for the service of the sanctuary. As we behold our God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, as he who was set apart and willingly made Jehovah’s Servant for us, may God the Holy Spirit give us grace to be wholly devoted to our Redeemer’s glory in the service of his church and kingdom, so that we may truthfully say, with God’s servant of old, “Truly, I am thy servant, I am thy servant and the son of thine handmaid; thou hast loosed my bonds” (Psalm 116:16).
What glory, what an inconceivable weight of glory will break in upon our souls, when this earthly tabernacle of ours shall be taken down, and the pins and the sockets, with their silver cords and instruments, are broken at the cistern, when Christ Jesus shall again raise it up a glorified body, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, when our vile bodies shall be made like unto his glorious body. Then all that was typified in the tabernacle, its services, and its priesthood shall be fully accomplished and known.