The Work of The Levites

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Responsibilities

This passage centers around the duties of the Priests and Levites. The Priests and Levites had different jobs in and around the temple. The Priests were authorized to perform the sacrifices while the Levites were set apart to help the Priests.  The Levites did the work of elders, deacons, custodians, assistants, musicians, repairmen, etc.

Both the Priests and the Levites came from the tribe of Levi, but Priests also had to be descendants of Aaron who was Israel’s first high Priest (Ex. 28:l-3). Both were supported by tithes and special revenues from certain cities that had been designated for them.

David lowers the age limit for Levitical service to 20 from the previously designated 30 (v. 24). A possible reason for this is that once the worship was centralized in the temple at Jerusalem there would be less need to transport the tabernacle (v. 26), but there would be a greater need of Levites to direct the services in the temple.

Application

The responsibilities of the Priests and Levites were different, but they were equally important in God’s plan. No matter what place of service I may have in the church, it is important to the overall body of Christ and the work of the Lord. I want to be respected but never elevated on a pedestal. 

I Chronicles 23:24-32 (English Standard Version)


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