Numbers 8* The lamps of the sanctuary. (1-4) Consecration of the Levites,and their service. (5-26)1-4 Aaron himself lighted the lamps, thus representing hisDivine Master. The Scripture is a light shining in a dark place,#2Pe 1:19|. A dark place even the church would be without it; asthe tabernacle, which had no window, would have been without thelamps. The work of ministers is to light these lamps, byexpounding and applying the word of God. Jesus Christ is theonly Light of our dark, sinful world; and by his atonement, byhis word and the Holy Spirit, he diffuses light around. 5-26 Here we have directions for the solemn ordination of theLevites. All Israel must know that they took not this honour tothemselves, but were called of God to it; nor was it enough thatthey were distinguished from others. All who are employed forGod, must be dedicated to him, according to the employment.Christians must be baptized, ministers must be ordained; we mustfirst give ourselves unto the Lord, and then our services. TheLevites must be cleansed. They must be clean that bear thevessels of the Lord. Moses must sprinkle the water of purifyingupon them. This signifies the application of the blood of Christto our souls by faith, that we may be fit to serve the livingGod. God declares his acceptance of them. All who expect toshare in the privileges of the tabernacle, must resolve to dothe service of the tabernacle. As, on the one hand, none ofGod's creatures are his necessary servants, he needs not theservice of any of them; so none are merely honorary servants, todo nothing. All whom God owns, he employs; angels themselveshave their services.
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