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2017.May.
28 Sun
 
A Substitution
[ Numbers 8:1 - 8:13 ]
 
1. The LORD said to Moses,
2. "Speak to Aaron and say to him, 'When you set up the seven lamps, they are to light the area in front of the lampstand.' "
3. Aaron did so; he set up the lamps so that they faced forward on the lampstand, just as the LORD commanded Moses.
4. This is how the lampstand was made: It was made of hammered gold--from its base to its blossoms. The lampstand was made exactly like the pattern the LORD had shown Moses.
5. The LORD said to Moses:
6. "Take the Levites from among the other Israelites and make them ceremonially clean.
7. To purify them, do this: Sprinkle the water of cleansing on them; then have them shave their whole bodies and wash their clothes, and so purify themselves.
8. Have them take a young bull with its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil; then you are to take a second young bull for a sin offering.
9. Bring the Levites to the front of the Tent of Meeting and assemble the whole Israelite community.
10. You are to bring the Levites before the LORD, and the Israelites are to lay their hands on them.
11. Aaron is to present the Levites before the LORD as a wave offering from the Israelites, so that they may be ready to do the work of the LORD.
12. "After the Levites lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, use the one for a sin offering to the LORD and the other for a burnt offering, to make atonement for the Levites.
13. Have the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons and then present them as a wave offering to the LORD.
 

Reflection
The Lampstand (8:1–4)
The lampstand described here has both a practical and a spiritual purpose. In the tabernacle, the lampstand provides light for the priests as they carry out their duties, and it is also an expression of the presence and glory of God. In Leviticus 24:1–4, Aaron, the high priest, is charged with making sure the lampstand is kept burning from evening to morning. The lampstand takes on new significance in the book of Revelation when John has a vision of seven lampstands, which represent the seven churches, and Jesus stands in the midst of them as the great high priest (Rev. 1:12–13). This vision confirms that even in the days of Moses, this lampstand was designed to point to a greater light to come: the light of Christ, our Lord and Savior.

The Preparation of the Levites (8:5–13)
The Levites are set apart by the LORD to perform religious duties for Israel and care for the tabernacle. Todays passage describes the cleansing of the Levites and their specific role in tabernacle worship. The sprinkling of water, shaving of the body, and washing of clothes symbolizes complete purification. Then, a young bull is sacrificed to atone for the Levites sins. The next part of the ceremony is particularly significant as the entire Israelite community comes to lay their hands on the Levites, and the Levites are presented as an offering. The Levites are devoted to the LORD in place of the firstborn sons of Israel, a foreshadowing of the substitution that would take place on the cross when Jesus gave Himself up in our place as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Application
- How has the light of Christ cast out the darkness from your life? Does your life reflect His great light?

- How do you prepare your heart before you engage in worship? What evidence is there in your life that you have been cleansed by the blood of Christ?

A Letter to
God
The Unreached (joshuaproject.net)
People Name: Kyrgyz
Country: Turkey
Primary Religion: Islam

The Nations In a report released earlier this year, Amnesty International criticized the refugee readmission agreement between Turkey and the European Union that was intended to stem the flow of refugees into Europe. Amnesty reported that the agreement has allowed the EU to ignore the rights of thousands of refugees stranded in camps in Greece. Pray that the leaders of Turkey and the EU would respond to the current refugee crisis with wisdom and compassion.
 
 
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