TUESDAY, JUNE 19
Scripture: Numbers 8:6-14
In Numbers 8:6-14 we have an example of how God takes people to Him and declares them holy and this is the story of the Levites. The Levites answered Moses’ call right after the issue of the golden calf. Their holiness was impressive – they opposed all who were in sexual sin, even members of their own family. Without partiality the Levites brought judgment, and for that they earned the privilege of the Priesthood. God declared them holy and walked them through a separating, cleansing process that we see in Numbers 8. In Numbers 8:9 God says, “And you shall bring the Levites before the tabernacle of meeting, and you shall gather together the whole congregation of the children of Israel. So you shall bring the Levites before the LORD, and the children of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites; and Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD like a wave offering from the children of Israel, that they may perform the work of the LORD. Then the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the young bulls, and you shall offer one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering to the LORD, to make atonement for the Levites. And you shall stand the Levites before Aaron and his sons, and then offer them like a wave offering to the LORD. Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the children of Israel, and the Levites shall be Mine.” What is the purpose of the Sonship Gifts – where God first chooses us and then declares us holy? There is a purpose for us being declared holy. We now belong to Him! Jesus bought us and paid for us with His own blood because it is through that purification that we can truly be holy and without blame. Numbers 8:14 says, “Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the children of Israel, and the Levites shall be Mine.” The Levites were separate and they had access to God because of it. We have a New Covenant based on better promises and we can become holy and blameless through the blood of Christ. Verse 14 says when we accept and embrace that gift, we gain access to God! But in order to walk in this place we have to fully accept the Sonship gifts and choose to embrace the identity Christ has given us. We are not our own! We have been bought with a price and we belong to the King, separated unto Him, to be agents of salvation and of judgment in the last days. The goal is the fullness of Christ! The fullness of Who He is! That is the purpose of Ephesians and it is imperative that we actively build it in our spirits and in our hearts. Let’s do it, in Jesus’ name!