Today you should read: Numbers 4
When you read this chapter, it becomes clear that God cannot be approached casually. We are able to see the holiness of God on display. God has commanded the Kohathites to carry the Ark of the Covenant and the sanctuary, and they had to do everything that God had commanded lest they die (v. 15, 19-20). The Kohathites were not able to look at or touch the things of the holy place. Their job was only to carry the items when they were wrapped up. Then, we see the job of the Gershonites and Merarites is to also carry items from the holy place.
But one thing I think we can learn from this passage is the importance of biblical community. In verse 48, it says 8,580 men were tasked with executing what God had commanded. They were to help, encourage, and keep accountable to one another. It took a lot of people to carry out God’s commands, but they didn’t do it alone. They were to rely on their fellow brothers.
And church, that is exactly what we need. Our job is to take the Gospel to the nations, but we cannot do that alone. We need biblical community to help, encourage, and keep accountable one another. What would the city of Lexington look like if 8,580 people went about sharing the Gospel on a daily basis?
This is why church is so important. It helps create an environment where biblical community can flourish. We need one another to carry out the mission of God.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Associate
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