"And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi."
(Genesis 29:34 KJV)
Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah from Our Awesome God's chosen people. Leah was still concerned about getting Jacob to love her so the Scripture above tells some of her words, but her father had tricked Jacob when they were married and Jacob probably never loved her. Levi, with his brother, Simeon, took murderous retribution on a family when they got angry over the rape of their sister, Dinah. Jacob said they made him "stink" when he described it in Genesis 34:30. Still, God made Aaron, a descendent of Levi, the first real High Priest.
From Levi, Jacob's third son, came the Levites who were dedicated to Our Awesome God's service. As such, they were later not treated as other tribes in that the Tribe of Levi was not included in the tribes who were given separate allotments of land during the conquest of Canaan, when the nation of Israel was first established. Moses had singled out the Tribe of Levi to serve as the nation's priests. This tribe served all positions in the tabernacle and the temple from the High Priest, to musicians, to cleaning the instruments of sacrificial worship, to lighting of incense (Luke 1:9) until the last temple was destroyed in 70 AD. As priests to the nation of Israel, the Levites needed to be distributed among the tribes rather than confined to a single territory.
Instead of a land allotment, Joshua, who led the conquest of Canaan, gave 48 towns, scattered throughout the land of Israel, to the Tribe of Levi. The descendants of Levi were given the responsibility for properly taking down, moving and setting up the tabernacle and also for guarding, maintaining and serving in both the tabernacle (Numbers 3:21-37) and later on in the temple at Jerusalem.
Our Awesome God established the tribe of Levi to be the principal agents for communication with God in the nation of Israel. They were to lead the nation to be a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:6) in teaching the rest of the world about God. Instead, God had to send the nation warnings through His prophets and for 1500 years the Levites made access to Our Awesome God so difficult that few would even attempt it. He didn't really give up on Israel, but God also included the Gentiles in the chance to become His adopted sons through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. You can become a son of Our Awesome God who loves you and knows your many sins as He does my sins. If God can forgive the many sins of the Tribe of Levi, He can forgive your sins.
We invite you to our church to learn God Is Awesome on Sunday mornings (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM). Then on Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) we have a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study along with the Youth Group. When you come, ask about the choir and the Prayer Team.
Flo & Bill