Numbers Four

What does it say?
The Lord commanded that Moses take a census of the sons of Kohath, from among the sons of Levi, who are between thirty and fifty years of age, for service in the tabernacle. Aaron and his sons were to take down the vail and cover the holy things, so they could be carried by the sons of Kohath and not be touched by them. Eleazar the son of Aaron was responsible for the tabernacle and all the articles within it. The sons of Kohath were to do the work assigned to them by Aaron and his sons, but they were not to see the holy objects, less they die. The Lord commanded a census of the sons of Gershon, from among the sons of Levi, between thirty and fifty years of age, to carry the tent of meeting under the direction of Ithamar, the son of Aaron. The sons of Merari, from among the sons of Levi, were to carry the boards of the tabernacle, all the pillars and frame work, under the direction of Ithamar, the son of Aaron. The sons of Kohath numbered, two thousand, seven hundred and fifty. The sons of Gershon numbered, two thousand, six hundred and thirty. The sons of Merari numbered, three thousand and two hundred. The total number of Levites for service, numbered, eight thousand, five hundred and eighty. 

What does it mean?
No one is to take leadership or service upon himself. It is the Lord who assigns leaders and servants. Out of the sons of Israel, the Lord took the sons of Levi as his servants in the tabernacle. Out of the sons of Levi, Aaron and his sons were taken as priests to the Lord.Only Aaron and his sons could see and touch the holy objects. The sons of Kohath carried them, once covered, but could not see or touch the holy objects that they carried. The sons of Gershon carried the tent and the sons of Merari carried the frame. The sons of Kohath, Gershon and Merari worked under the direction of Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron. All authority comes from the Lord and no one is to overstep the assignment that the Lord gives them.

What shall I do?
I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and I am a bedside nurse in intensive care. All followers of Jesus Christ are called to go into all the world and preach the gospel. (Mk 16:15) Therefore, I should not think of myself as a nurse, but a servant of the Lord, called by the Lord to care for the sick and preach the gospel. The apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth: “Brethren, each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.” I was called while a Critical Care Registered Nurse, therefore, I shall remain such, from a Christian worldview, preaching the gospel. I have been called to preach the kingdom of God to the sick and those who love them. I shall be dedicated to the Lord’s calling.

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