Preparing the seven Lamps. Dedication of the Levites. The age range for Levitical ministry is from 25 to 50.
Note: Many people find it morally objectionable that a religion requires the killing of innocent animals.
VERSE 1. The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
VERSE 2. “Speak to Aaron, and tell him, ‘When you light the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lamp stand.’ ”
the seven lamps. These are like light bulbs. They light up the Tent of Meeting.
the lamp stand. It is also known as the sanctuary lamp. It burned continually to indicate the presence of the Living God:
Leviticus 24:2. Command the children of Israel, that they bring to you pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause a lamp to burn continually.
In ancient days, a candle burned in the Tent of Meeting. But in our day, the light is to shine from within us. How can you let your light shine? Read more »
VERSE 3. Aaron did so. He lit its lamps to light the area in front of the lamp stand, as the LORD commanded Moses.
VERSE 4. This was the workmanship of the lamp stand, beaten work of gold. From its base to its flowers, it was beaten work. He made the lamp stand according to the pattern which the LORD had shown Moses.
NOTE: David enacted this passage when he had the Levites move the Ark of the Covenant from from the house of Obed-Edom to Jerusalem. See 1 Chronicles 15:14 and following.
VERSE 5. The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
and cleanse them. The Hebrew word is וְטִהַרְתָּ֖ (“taher”). It means to be clean or pure.
However, some translations render it as “consecrate” or “make sacred.”
VERSE 7. You shall do this to them to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of cleansing on them, let them shave their whole bodies with a razor, let them wash their clothes, and cleanse themselves.
the water of cleansing. The Hebrew word for “cleansing” is חַטָּאָה (“chatta’ah”). It means sin.
the water. Being sprinkled with water cleansed them of sin. See verse 21 below.
VERSE 8. Then let them take a young bull and its meal offering, fine flour mixed with oil; and another young bull you shall take for a sin offering.
VERSE 9. You shall present the Levites before the Tent of Meeting. You shall assemble the whole congregation of the children of Israel.
VERSE 10. You shall present the Levites before the LORD. The children of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites,
VERSE 11. and Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD for a wave offering on the behalf of the children of Israel, that it may be theirs to do the service of the LORD.
offer the Levites … for a wave offering. The Levites themselves are a sacrificial offering to the LORD God.
VERSE 12. “The Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, and you shall offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering to the LORD, to make atonement for the Levites.
lay their hands on the heads of the bulls. Someone laid their hands on the head of an animal, transferring human sins to it, and killed it. This is called “scapegoating.” Read more »
VERSE 13. You shall set the Levites before Aaron and before his sons, and offer them as a wave offering to the LORD.
offer them as a wave offering to the LORD. The Levites themselves are a sacrificial offering to the LORD God.
VERSE 14. Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the children of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine.
VERSE 15. “After that, the Levites shall go in to do the service of the Tent of Meeting. You shall cleanse them, and offer them as a wave offering.
VERSE 16. For they are wholly given to me from among the children of Israel; instead of all who open the womb, even the firstborn of all the children of Israel, I have taken them to me.
VERSE 17. For all the firstborn among the children of Israel are mine, both man and animal. On the day that I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified them for myself.
VERSE 18. I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.
VERSE 19. I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the Tent of Meeting, and to make atonement for the children of Israel, so that there will be no plague among the children of Israel when the children of Israel come near to the sanctuary.”
VERSE 20. Moses, and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel did so to the Levites. According to all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so the children of Israel did to them.
VERSE 21. The Levites purified themselves from sin, and they washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them for a wave offering before the LORD and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them.
The Levites purified themselves from sin. They did this by being sprinkled with the water of cleansing. See verse 7 above.
VERSE 22. After that, the Levites went in to do their service in the Tent of Meeting before Aaron and before his sons: as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did to them.
The age range for Levitical ministry is from 25 to 50
VERSE 23. The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
VERSE 24. “This is what is assigned to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they shall go in to wait on the service in the work of the Tent of Meeting;
from twenty-five years old and upward. Their Levitical ministry can begin at age 25.
VERSE 25. and from the age of fifty years they shall retire from doing the work, and shall serve no more,
from the age of fifty years they shall retire. Their Levitical ministry ends at age 50.
VERSE 26. but shall assist their brothers in the Tent of Meeting, to perform the duty, and shall perform no service. This is how you shall have the Levites do their duties.”
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