February 17, 2015

Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 6

If you are anything like me, when you saw the list of the genealogy of Levi you were not sure how God was going to use this in your life. The key is not to focus on the list but more on why the list exists. The significance of the tribe of Levi is shown by the amount of space that is being devoted to it. Why did it matter that the tribe of Levi kept a pure line? It was important because God had designated the tribe of Levi to be Israel’s priestly representative (Numbers 3:32). Although they served their purpose in the Old Testament to help Israel walk faithfully with God they were only a foreshadowing to a greater high priest.
For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.” And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:13-20)
God has given those who believe in the name of Jesus hope because Christ goes before God on our behalf. The sacrifices that the Levites made in the past pales in comparison to the sacrifice that Jesus has made for you and I. He gives us a lasting hope that cleanses us from all of our sin forever. Because of his priestly representation and sacrifice for us we can claim the words of Paul today:
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Posted by: Chad Wiles

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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