Numbers 8 Commentary

Numbers 8 Commentary: Position of the Lamps and Consecration of the Levites

The chapter seems to center around two items: the position of the lamps and the consecration of the Levites.

The same LORD who said, “Let there be light” is the same LORD issuing instructions about light in the Holy Place. We know these symbols here mean more than the immediate scope.

Instructions on the positioning of the lampstand remind us of the instruction to the saint to ensure that the light within is not hidden away under the bed. Yes, we have seen this one before. It is coming from the LORD Jesus who now speaks to the saint as the actual and real lampstand. The saint stands as pure gold, purified in the LORD’S fire. The saint is designed to be the light of the world.

The Levites are commissioned to serve at the sanctuary. The LORD gives us details on why the Levites have been selected. It points to a deeper understanding of our own salvation. You were bought. You belong to the LORD. We should take pride in this deeper relationship. Christianity isn’t like a choice between football teams. The LORD paid a huge price to have you. You belong to the LORD!

One understanding is that our service to the LORD isn’t one for which you expect payment. You are in debt. You are a slave. But who wouldn’t want to be a slave of God! He is ‘gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ His ‘yoke is easy and his burden is light.’  Matthew 11 verse 28.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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