April 28, Reading 1 – Numbers 8

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SAA Notes

The Levites were sprinkled with the Water of Cleansing at their setting apart. They were a wave offering to the Lord in the place of every first-born son. The offering of the Levites made atonement for the Israelites so that they could worship unjudged. Similarly the offering of Christ makes atonement for us in ways that this wave offering could not.

SJA Notes

“Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the people of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine.”

Here is an entire clan made into an offering, set apart!

Aaron offered the Levites as a wave/peace offering (v21), and they were to make atonement for the people of Israel (v19) – Specifically in the case of approaching the sanctuary/tabernacle/meeting place.

There is a big important “pay attention” here that God has mentioned before; The firstborn. The Levites were offered to the Lord in the place of the firstborn of all Israel. And the firstborn of Israel were His, the Lord consecrating them when He struck down the firstborn of Egypt.

These elements; Firstborn, consecrated, set apart, making atonement, peace offers made up of people.

All of these things, they are big large bright points to Jesus!

He is the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15), and the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:17).

He is set apart by the reality of a holy life, a priest not of bodily descent but by the power of an indestructible life (Hebrews 7:16).

He has made atonement (as priest, Hebrews 2:27) in His own flesh, offering up Himself to death (Hebrews 10:14), to redeem us by becoming a curse for us (Galatians 3:13).

And through His sacrifice, His blood, He made peace (Colossians 1:19). He was _the_ peace offering.

What a Saviour King we have!

* Father God,

Thank You for the hope we have in You!

Thank You that through Your work as Father, Son and Spirit You made atonement for us – Jesus offering up Himself to death for us.

Thank You that we can find peace in You.

Please help us to be full of that peace, hard-won and mercifully given – Reflecting it to those around us.

Amen.

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