February 12, 2017

February 12, 2017

NUMBERS 3-4

Focus Verse: “This is the work of the Kohathites in the Tent of Meeting…”

“This is the service of the Gershonite clans as they work and carry burdens…”

“This is their as they perform services at the Tent of Meeting…”

Numbers 4:4, 24, 31

 

The Kohathites, Gershonites and Merarites made up the clans of the Levites, and here in Numbers 3 and 4 we get a basic outline of their responsibilities in regards to caring for and moving the Tent of Meeting. Now yesterday we talked about calling in regards to Moses choosing the leaders whom God had called to help him. Today we are going to look at calling in regard to us walking in what we have been called to do for the Lord.

It’s very easy to skip over this principle here in Numbers because we get lost in the chores. We don’t really have to worry about moving the Tent of Meeting (although those of you who help your church set up in mobile sites from week to week are probably all too familiar with this concept) so we tend to skim through these parts. But if we do we miss the beginning of the concept of body-life worship.

Body-life worship is laid out, perhaps most clearly, in 1 Corinthians 12. We are all part of Christ’s body, so we ought to operate as such. Sure, the Merarites could have thrown a stink because all they get to do is carry the poles of the Lord’s house. Why don’t they get to carry any of the cool gold stuff? Likewise, the Kohathites could have thrown in the towel and given up on all that gold stuff. If the Merarites don’t carry a pole right, no big deal, but if they mess up carrying one of these “most holy things” they die!

But they didn’t. Each clan, each person, each body part, did his job as the entire body came together. And what happens? The entire body grows together.

We need to get back to this idea of body-life worship. We need to stop coming to church on Sunday mornings (we need to stop thinking that “church” only happens on Sunday mornings!) with our mouths open ready to be “filled”. When we join together as a body on any day of the week, our purpose should always be to serve the body!

1 Corinthians 14:26 says, “Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.” But we are so focused on the “performance” of church. We come, expecting a few songs of praise and worship, the preacher to give an uplifting message and that’s about it.

What would happen if a body of believers joined together and everyone was ready and willing to be used by God? We don’t even know what that would look like today, and if we’re being really honest, that idea alone scares us to death. People will be out of control! They’ll abuse the gifts! It’ll be chaos! Probably. That was the entire purpose of 1 Corinthians 12, 13 and 14. If Paul had to address it back then, why do we think we shouldn’t have issues with it today? But also notice what Paul didn’t do. He didn’t shut everything down. It wasn’t the Paul show from now on because the people couldn’t handle it.

If we are going to be the body of Christ, we have to operate as such. Each person needs to be ready, every second of every day, to operate in what God has called you to. Whether you’re moving the house of the Lord, or just there to offer a shoulder to cry on for a brother or sister struggling.

Are you ready?

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