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March 11

Numbers 4:21-49, Mark 12:28-44

Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage:

This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, to serve, and for burdens: And they shall bear the curtains of the tabernacle, and the tabernacle of the congregation, … so shall they serve. Numbers iv.24-26

It is worthy of note that these Levites, although they were all equally consecrated, had not all exactly the same work to perform. God is not the God of uniformity. There is a wondrous unity of plan and design in all that He does, but there is also an equally marvelous variety. He did not command all these sons of Levi to carry one particular vessel, or order them to bear one special curtain or board belonging to the tabernacle; but He divided unto every man his own work, and one had to do this, and another had to do something else.

There are some of the Lord’s servants whom He raises up to teach, and preach, and exhort and guide. These may, for the moment, be compared, in a certain fashion, to the sons of Aaron, though the type must not be pressed too far. But the Lord has also a large number of his own dear children who do not open their mouths to speak for Him…Shall they be left without any service?… Is there no office for them to fill?… Surely, there must be, in a well-ordered body, eyes, feet, hands, shoulders, as well as the open mouth and speaking tongue. So God hath appointed to many of His servants a position and a work like that of the Gershonites: “They shall bear: so shall they serve.”

C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Old Testament, Vol. 1, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House) 1962, p. 323

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