Numbers 1 - Day 160 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Numbers 1:48-54
Commentary: Having established the dimensions of the lay community the author introduces one of his major preoccupations—the distinctiveness of the Levites in relation to the rest of the community. Because of this they are not to be counted along with the other tribes, and they have special responsibilities with respect to the Tabernacle. They, and they alone, erect it, take it down, and carry it. When in camp they, and they alone, pitch their tents around it. It may well be that the author has drawn in older Levitical tradition to the effect that members of the tribe of Levi were not to be counted. For him this means that they are not to be numbered as a mere component of the larger mass of lay tribes. Moreover any lay person who dares to engage in their ministry must be put to death. Israelites at large must be aware of the cruciality of Levitical ministry for their own safety and well-being.
Budd, P. J. (1984). Numbers (Vol. 5, p. 18). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.
Application: Pitching and disassembling tents, moving furniture, and managing crowd control are all part of ministry. Just because it's not glamorous and doesn't get as much attention as burning incense or splashing the blood of atonement on the altar, it's still part of the job and needs to get done. Everyone is important and needed.
Prayer: Lord thank You for including me in Your priesthood.