Today you should read: Numbers 18
In Numbers 18, the duties of priests and Levites are the main focus. We see the purpose of some of the rigid rules that surround the temple in verse 5:
5 “You yourselves must perform the sacred duties inside the sanctuary and at the altar. If you follow these instructions, the Lord’s anger will never again blaze against the people of Israel.
The purpose of keeping rules was so that the anger and wrath of God would no longer be kindled because of the law-breaking of the people. Because of God’s holiness, he must deal swiftly with sin, but wrath is not his primary reflex in dealing with us. He gives us these rules as protections because he wants a relationship with us and he wants our best. Sin destroys both our relationship with him and us living our best life with him.
Do you see God’s Word and what he tells us to do as a weight or as loving protection? If you see them as weight, you need to check your heart in regards with how you are relating to God in every area of your life. God desires a relationship with us and loves us so much that he sent Jesus to take the full weight of the law on himself. He then invites us into a relationship with him where he redeems us and makes us new as we humble ourselves and join him in the work that he is already doing in our hearts.
By: Graham Withers — Associate Pastor
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