Summary: This is the 4th sermon in the series "3:16- Numbers That Bring Hope".
Series: 3:16- Numbers That Bring Hope [#4]
THE HOPE THAT COMES FROM BELONGING TO GOD
This morning, we are going to continue our series from chapter 3 verse 16 of each Book of the Bible. The most familiar of these is John 3:16, a verse that gives us hope; but each of the 3:16’s have a message of hope. Last week we looked at the hope that comes from sacrifice; today we are going to look at a census of the Levites.
Numbers 3:1-4 (NIV)
“This is the account of the family of Aaron and Moses at the time the LORD talked with Moses on Mount Sinai. The names of the sons of Aaron were Nadab the firstborn and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. Those were the names of Aaron's sons, the anointed priests, who were ordained to serve as priests. Nadab and Abihu, however, fell dead before the LORD when they made an offering with unauthorized fire before him in the Desert of Sinai. They had no sons; so only Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests during the lifetime of their father Aaron.”
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
There is hope in…
1. Knowing that I’m important.
Most of us spend our entire lives trying to earn acceptance. We want to earn it from our parents, peers, co-workers, family, etc… Would you agree that people do crazy things to be accepted? Remember when you were a kid and you wanted to fit in? When the “cool” kids dared you to do something that was stupid or dangerous you would do it anyway because you desperately wanted to fit in. We love that feeling, the feeling that “I’m important.
When you are chosen, that does tremendous things for your self-esteem. Just as Aaron and his sons were chosen- Christian, “You are a chosen people. You have been chosen by God.” Christ has accepted you and there’s no condition listed there. It’s not based on your performance, on something that you earned. You’ll never deserve it. God simply says, “I chose you.”
Numbers 3:5-13 (NIV)
“The LORD said to Moses, "Bring the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him. They are to perform duties for him and for the whole community at the Tent of Meeting by doing the work of the tabernacle. They are to take care of all the furnishings of the Tent of Meeting, fulfilling the obligations of the Israelites by doing the work of the tabernacle. Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to him. Appoint Aaron and his sons to serve as priests; anyone else who approaches the sanctuary must be put to death." The LORD also said to Moses, "I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine, for all the firstborn are mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set apart for myself every firstborn in Israel, whether man or animal. They are to be mine. I am the LORD."