80 verses are spent on the Tribe of Levi. The worship of God as He instituted worship is of central concern in any rebuilding of the Church, the Israel of God. Ancient Israel’s treatment of Levi was an important catalyst and indicator of spiritual health. The New Testament reminds the Church that her treatment of preachers is a like catalyst and indicator. 1 Thess.5:17,18.
Here is a recap of the priestly families, the high priestly line, and the cities to which they were sprinkled throughout Israel (like salt).
And the hard reality is that this church, this austere line of priests, they failed.
Israel went into exile, the church couldn’t keep them from their sin, the human priests couldn’t save, the blood of bulls and goats didn’t wash away their sin.
Reading this passage, and others being written around or previous, like Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Isaiah (particularly 11 and 53) would probably have Spirit-drawn them to think “We need a better way, a Saviour!”
Praise God that we are on the other side of Jesus. That He has come and been revealed, His power visible.
He has saved us! Completely and utterly! No other blood but His! No other priest but Him!