First Chronicles 6 Commentary
Jacob, Levi, Kohath, Amram. The children of Amram: Aaron, Moses, and Miriam. Therefore, Moses, the servant of the LORD, and Aaron the High Priest were great-grandchildren of Levi, the son of Jacob.
This chapter is a listing of key priestly figures and their family lines. Note that we haven’t seen the names of the High Priest Eli nor his children. The LORD had terminated his services because of sin. First Samuel 3 verse 13. This study has clearly shown a direct link between sin and a man’s destiny.
The great prophet Samuel is listed here as a priest. That would probably explain why the priest Eli didn’t have problems with allowing Samuel to minister before the Ark of the Covenant. The first verse of First Samuel lists Samuel as an Ephraimite, probably because of residence and not a family line.
The last section of this chapter shows us actual cities allocated to the Levites in each tribal allocation. For example, from Ephraim, they were given Shechem (a city of refuge), and Gezer.
So the Levites would reside in selected cities throughout the land of Israel. They would be teachers of the Law, in addition to providing priestly services to tribal communities. So was fulfilled what the LORD had said concerning Simeon and Levi – the violent brothers: “Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel.
The scattering for Levi was upgraded to a privileged position of actual service before the LORD throughout the tribal lands. Scattering, yes, but scattering with a good ending because someone along the way behaved right in the sight of the LORD. This is an encouragement to righteousness seekers. The LORD does take note, always.
It can be very confusing when you sit down to understand the operations of Heaven. Why should an incestuous, and therefore scripturally sinful relationship between Judah and his daughter-in-law produce an ancestor of the sinless Jesus?
Why should the prostitute Rahab carry in her womb the seed of salvation?
Why should the foreigner Ruth be considered for the privileged position of being a mother of the seed?
Why should an adulterous marriage of David and Bathsheba provide a Solomon who sits on the throne of God’s people Israel?
We are greatly helped by looking at ourselves. Why should a sinful me find myself in heaven? What good have I done? Very few would qualify on merit! At many different times in our lives, and God knows, we are all these people. A David here and there; but definitely a Ruth – being a non-Israelite. A Tamar here and there; but definitely a Rahab, combining both disqualifications. It is grace that makes it possible. And so the scattered Levi can experience grace in his land of scattering, and be honored as the man of God. Yes. It is possible. And we also think it is fine, after all.
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