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Numbers 4-6

Numbers 4-6…The Kohathites, purity, and the priestly blessing.

The Kohathites were to carry the holy things of the tabernacle. All the holy things were to be covered, not only for security and respect, but to keep them from being seen. This not only marked the reverence due to holy things, but also the mystery. But now, through Christ, we can see more clearly what God’s holiness looks like, and we are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace.

In Numbers 5, we see that the camp was to be cleansed. The purity of the church must be kept as carefully as the peace and order of it. God is glorified through the corporate witness of His church. When pastors/elders are not careful about this, and allow those who are unrepentant and persistent in sin to associate themselves with the church, it confuses the world about the gospel. Each local church should seek to make the gospel clear in both word and deed.

Here is a form of prayer in Numbers 6. The name Jehovah is repeated three times. This prayer shows that God’s plan of salvation had not been clearly revealed yet. If we are saved, we can be thankful that his rescue plan has been made known to us through the New Testament. There we are told that His elect can expect a spiritual blessing from the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).

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