Numbers 3:38 “Moses and Aaron and his sons were to camp to the east of the tabernacle, toward the sunrise, in front of the tent of meeting. They were responsible for the care of the sanctuary on behalf of the Israelites. Anyone else who approached the sanctuary was to be put to death.”
In the 3rd chapter of Numbers we read of the census of the Levites. They were not to be numbered in the original census of Israel, but they were counted separately and with different age requirements. Once the clans were numbered, they were assigned positions for encampment around the tabernacle as well as their duties in caring for the tabernacle and all its equipment. Those put in charge of the entire operation and its oversight were Moses, Aaron, and Aaron’s sons.
When we reach Lev. 3:38, we learn that Moses, Aaron, Eleazar, and Ithamar were the only people allowed to camp on the eastern side of the tabernacle. As the leaders of the entire nation, they had the greatest responsibility of anyone in all of Israel. These four (4) men were in charge of Israel and its oversight regarding legal matters, health matters, religious matters, and spiritual matters and more. They were also entrusted with the oversight of the house of God–the tabernacle.
If anyone came near the tabernacle other than the Levites (outside of offering a sacrifice), that person was to be put to death per God’s command. Moses and Aaron were responsible for seeing that those unauthorized persons were not permitted access to the tabernacle as well as the execution of those who did break God’s command. What an awesome responsibility!
How serious do we take our relationship with God today? Do we hold Him in the highest regard as being holy as He did of Himself in the OT? Do we take on the charge God has given EACH of us to be His witness to the world? To share His gospel? To make disciples? To baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Even Ezekiel the prophet was told by God that he would be held accountable for the blood of the wicked if he didn’t warn the people of God’s coming judgment!
All of us may not be leaders in the hierarchy of God’s family, but we are all given the responsibility of being fruitful, productive servants. Those that don’t bear fruit or produce a return on the Lord’s investments will be “cast out into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Outer darkness can be no other place than hell. Why? Because heaven is illuminated by God’s presence, and there is no weeping in heaven. Hell is so dark the darkness can be felt, and there will be weeping there.
Take inventory of your position in God today. Look and see if you’re living up to the level of responsibility that God has given you. This is not a message of guilt and/or condemnation, but it is one of urgency asking you to consider your position and level of action within the kingdom of God. We must all give an account to God one day for our works here on earth.
Father, help me to be more productive in the work of Your kingdom. I know the assignment You have given me. I am sorry that I have not been as involved as I could be and should be. I am not trying to earn Your grace or entry into Your kingdom because I know that I’ve received Your grace (as I am alive and breathing) and am a member of Your family (hence part of the kingdom). Most revered One, stir up within me the gifts You’ve given for the benefit of Your people as well as to be about gathering the harvest of lost souls. In Jesus’ name, Amen.