-The duties of the descendents of Kohath, Gershon, and Merari given by God to Moses and Aaron are delineated in this chapter. These were the sons of Levi with Levitical duties and concerns in taking care of the tabernacle and the worship of Almighty God. A census was taken for the men between the ages of 30 and 50 for the time of their fulfilling the duties that God had assigned in the care of His temporary House with the tent of meeting and all its surroundings outlined and ordained earlier in the Torah. These men had specific order and responsibilities to take good care of the things of God, and laymen were not allowed to touch the holy things. Else, they faced the death penalty (Numbers 3:10, 38). Even certain Levites were not allowed to go in and see the holy objects even for a moment lest they die (Numbers 4:20). So these men were numbered and given duties for serving and carrying according to the command of the LORD through Moses, and they obeyed up to this point in the journey (Numbers 4:49).
-*Application* God has order to His plan and program. He is not the God of confusion or chaos (1 Corinthians 14:33). He has ultimate and sovereign control over every matter and expects His people to follow His Divine directions when He crystalizes the direction they should go. Obedience when we know God’s will becomes a matter of extreme importance for us, His children. Good communication builds good fellowship within a relationship. He wants us to trust in Him, even when we don’t understand. He will have things work out just fine when we do. Learn to lean on His understanding more than your own rationale (Proverbs 3:5-6). This is the true heart of worship and it is never to be taken lightly.
Verse to Memorize: Numbers 4:49