Summary: What I at first thought was a dry and boring book with no relevance to my life, turned out to be one of the most profound and exciting books in the bible, full of application to my life! Learn how to make it successfully through the 'wilderness' of this

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Practicing God’s Presence

Series: Biblical Guide to Wilderness Survival

Sept. 4, 2011

Read Numbers 3:1-20

You know, most people don’t have jobs that can mean life or death if you make a simple mistake. If you’re a teacher or work on a computer, you might get mixed up on a student’s name, or enter a wrong number…but nobodies going to die! Yet, there are some people who have jobs that are dangerous. You might have one! Where everyday, you lit. take your life (or somebody else’s life in your hands…i.e. airline pilots, air traffic controllers, surgeons and parachute packers!) In fact, I did a little research this week and found what I’m calling…the

“Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs & Causes of Death”…

10. Alaskan Crab fisherman –Drowning

9. New York Taxi Cab Driver -Homicide

8. Ice road trucker – Hypothermia & drowning

7. Chinese coal miner – Suffocation, last year

2,631 died in Chinese mines — 7 people a day!

6. Bomb disposal expert – do you have to ask?

5. Tower Dog (tower climbers – Falling

According to O.S.H.A Tower Climbers have more

fatalities per 100,000 workers, than any other job in

the U.S.

4. HV Cable Inspector –electrocution (show video)

3. Afgan Police force - Homocide

2. Kadafi’s body guard –Homocide

And the number #1 most dangerous job…

1. O.T. Levitical Priest – Cause of death? Vaporization!

As we get to Numbers chap.3 &4 this morning, we’re going to see that the ministry and job of the priests was lit. “do or die”! If they didn’t do their job exactly as God told them…it was a one way trip to the morgue. Now lest you think that their job is ancient history, I’m here to inform you this morning that God hasn’t changed, and that we STILL need someone to perform that “do or die” ministry on our behalf! This morning as we skim over these two chapters about the Levitical priests, I want you to see exactly what their job was, who does that job for us today, and what that means.

Vs. 1 starts out with these words…”These are the generations of Aaron and Moses” –Num.3:1. That’s an important transitional sentence, because it’s introducing us to focus on a new group of people. The last two weeks we’ve been focusing on the tribes of Israel, but now we’re going to turn our center of attention on the descendents of Aaron and Moses. They were to become the Levite Tribe, and were given the job of caring for the tabernacle (that tent of Meeting, where God dwelled in the middle of the camp).

According to vs.12-15…All of the little Levite boys were to be counted, and from one month old, they belonged to God! As a Levite, they had two tasks… 1. Guard duty around the tabernacle. That’s what chapter 3 is all about. Remember the square formation of the Israelite camp around the tabernacle from last week? Well, one thing I didn’t mention was that on the inner part of that square, the Levites were to camp, between the tabernacle and the people, to keep the ordinary Israelites at a safe distance away. Because if you accidently came to close to the Tent of Meeting, it was certain death. We’ll talk more about that in a minute.

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