Numbers 3* The sons of Aaron, The Levites taken instead of thefirst-born. (1-13) The Levites numbered by their families, Theirduties. (14-39) The first-born are numbered. (40-51)1-13 There was much work belonging to the priests' office, andthere were now only Aaron and his two sons to do it; Godappoints the Levites to attend them. Those whom God finds workfor, he will find help for. The Levites were taken instead ofthe first-born. When He that made us, saves us, as thefirst-born of Israel were saved, we are laid under furtherobligations to serve him faithfully. God's right to us byredemption, confirms the right he has to us by creation. 14-39 The Levites were in three classes, according to the sonsof Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari; and these were subdividedinto families. The posterity of Moses were not at all honouredor privileged, but stood upon the level with other Levites; thusit was plain, that Moses did not seek the advancement of his ownfamily, or to secure any honours to it. The tribe of Levi was bymuch the least of all the tribes. God's chosen are but a littleflock in comparison with the world. 40-51 The number of the first-born, and that of the Levites,came near to each other. Known unto God are all his worksbeforehand; there is an exact proportion between them, and so itwill appear, when they are compared together. The small numberof first-born, over and above the number of the Levites, were tobe redeemed, and the redemption-money given to Aaron. The churchis called the church of the first-born, which is redeemed, notas they were, with silver and gold; but, being devoted by sin tothe justice of God, is ransomed with the precious blood of theSon of God. All men are the Lord's by creation, and all truechristians are his by redemption. Each should know his own postand duty; nor can any service required by such a Master berightly accounted mean or hard.
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