Who are you dedicated to? Have you been dedicated? Who has dedicated you?
In today’s reading we see how the Levites were dedicated…
Dedication of the Levites1Adonai spoke to Moses saying,
2“Speak to Aaron and say to him: When you erect the lamps, the seven lamps are to illuminate the area in front of the menorah.” 3Aaron did so. He erected the lamps facing forward so they illuminated the area in front of the menorah, just as Adonai had commanded Moses. 4Now this is how the menorah was made: hammered gold from its base to its blossoms. Just as was the pattern that Adonai had shown to Moses, so he made the menorah.
5Again Adonai spoke to Moses saying,
6“Take the Levites from among Bnei-Yisrael and ceremonially cleanse them. 7This is what you must do to them to make them clean: Sprinkle the purifying water on them, then have them shave their whole bodies and wash their clothes, thus purifying themselves. 8“Then they are to take a young bull with its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, plus a second young bull for a sin offering. 9Bring the Levites before the Tent of Meeting, and gather the whole community of Bnei-Yisrael. 10Bring the Levites before Adonai, Bnei-Yisrael will lay their hands on the Levites, 11and Aaron will present the Levites before Adonai as a wave offering from Bnei-Yisrael. Then they may go about the work of the service of Adonai. 12“The Levites are to lay their hands on the heads of the bulls. Use one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering to Adonai to make atonement for the Levites. 13Have the Levites stand before Aaron and his sons and present them as a wave offering to Adonai. 14In this way you are to set apart the Levites from Bnei-Yisrael to be Mine. 15After you have purified them and presented them as a wave offering, the Levites will come to do their work at the Tent of Meeting. 16For they are the ones from among Bnei-Yisrael given to Me in place of all the first from the wombs of Bnei-Yisrael. I have taken them for Myself. 17“For every firstborn among Bnei-Yisrael is Mine, whether human or animal. On the day I struck down the firstborn of the land of Egypt, I sanctified them for Myself. 18So I am taking the Levites in place of the firstborn of Bnei-Yisrael, 19and I am giving the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among Bnei-Yisrael, to do the work on behalf of Bnei-Yisrael in the Tent of Meeting, and to make atonement for them—so that there would be no plague among them for coming too close to the Sanctuary.” 20So Moses, Aaron and the entire community of Bnei-Yisrael did so with the Levites. All that Adonai had commanded Moses regarding the Levites, so Bnei-Yisrael did to them. 21The Levites also purified themselves from sin and washed their clothes. Aaron presented them as a wave offering before Adonai, and, he made atonement for them to purify them. 22After that, the Levites came to do their tasks before Aaron and his sons in the Tent of Meeting, just as Adonai had commanded Moses concerning the Levites.
23Adonai again spoke to Moses saying,
24“This is for the Levites. Men 25 years old and upward are to present themselves for service to work in the Tent of Meeting. 25But at the age of 50 he is to retire from his service and work no longer. 26He may assist his brothers in the Tent of Meeting to do their duties, but he himself will no longer do the work. Thus, you are to assign to the Levites their responsibilities.”–from Numbers 8
Have you ever seen time being dedicated to a specific purpose?
Today’s reading speaks to time being dedicated. When we dedicate ourselves to God, He is able to speak into our lives and give us wisdom and direction. He is able to set us up for His purposes!
Second Month Passover1Adonai spoke to Moses in the Sinai wilderness in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt saying,
2“Bnei-Yisrael is to observe Passover at its appointed time. 3You are to celebrate it at its appointed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of this month, with all its rules and regulations.” 4So Moses told Bnei-Yisrael to observe Passover. 5They celebrated Passover at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month in the Sinai wilderness. In accordance with all that Adonai commanded Moses, so Bnei-Yisrael did. 6However, there were some men who could not celebrate Passover because of being defiled by a dead body. So they came to Moses and Aaron on that same day, 7and these men said to him, “We have become unclean because of a dead man’s body. Why should we be kept from presenting the offering of Adonai at the appointed time with the rest of Bnei-Yisrael?” 8Moses answered them, “Wait, and I will inquire what Adonai commands concerning you.”
9Then Adonai spoke to Moses saying,
10“Say to Bnei-Yisrael saying: If any man, whether you or your descendants, becomes unclean because of a dead body, or is away on a long journey, he may yet observe Adonai’s Passover. 11They are to celebrate it at twilight on the fourteenth day of the second month. With matzot and bitter herbs they are to eat it. 12They are not to leave any of it until morning, or break any bones. When they celebrate Passover they are to observe all its regulations. 13“But the person who is clean and not away on a journey, yet neglects to celebrate Passover, that soul shall be cut off from his people because that person did not present Adonai’s offering at the appointed time. That man will bear his sin. 14“If an outsider living among you would celebrate Passover to Adonai according to the requirement, so he should do. There will be for you the same regulation for the outsider and the native of the land.’”
The Cloud as the Guide15On the day the Tabernacle was erected, the cloud covered the Tabernacle. By evening until morning, the cloud above the Tent of Testimony had an appearance like fire. 16It was that way continually. The cloud covered it, and by night it appeared like fire. 17Whenever the cloud lifted up from above the Tent, then Bnei-Yisrael would set out, and at the place where the cloud settled, there Bnei-Yisrael would encamp. 18At the mouth of Adonai, Bnei-Yisrael would set out, and at the mouth of Adonai they would encamp. All the days that the cloud remained over the Tabernacle, they would remain in camp. 19When the cloud would remain over the Tabernacle many days, Bnei-Yisrael would obey the command of Adonai and not set out. 20At times the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle only a few days. At Adonai’s word they would encamp, and at Adonai’s word they would set out. 21At times the cloud remained only from evening until morning. When the cloud would lift, they would set out. Whether by day or by night, when the cloud lifted, they would set out. 22Whether for two days or a month or a year, while the cloud remained over the Tabernacle, Bnei-Yisrael remained camped and would not set out. But when it would lift, they would set out. 23At Adonai’s word they would encamp, and at the mouth of Adonai they set out. They obeyed Adonai’s order by Moses’s hand.–from Numbers 9
Will you look for a sign? Will you listen for a sign? Will you be obedient? Will you stay? Will you go? Will you live out your life dedicated to God?
Silver Trumpets for Assembly1Adonai spoke to Moses saying,
2“Make two trumpets of hammered silver for yourself. They are for summoning the community and having the camps set out. 3Whenever both are sounded, the whole community is to gather toward you at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. 4But if only one is sounded, the princes—the heads of the tribes of Israel—are to gather toward you. 5When you sound the trumpet the first time, the camp of those camped on the east is to set out. 6When you sound the trumpet blast the second time, the camp of those camped on the south is to set out. Short blasts will be the signal for their moving out. 7To gather the whole national community, you are to sound the sustained blasts, but not the short blasts. 8The sons of Aaron, the kohanim will blow the trumpets. This is to be an eternal ordinance for you as well as for your generations to come. 9Whenever you go to war in your own land against the enemy who is hostile to you, you are to sound short blasts of alarm. Then you will be remembered before Adonai your God and be delivered from your enemies. 10Also at your days of rejoicing, feasts and new moons, you are to blow on the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. They will then be a reminder for you before Adonai your God. I am Adonai your God!”
Journey From Sinai11On the twentieth day of the second month of the second year, the cloud lifted up from above the Tabernacle of the Testimony.
12Then Bnei-Yisrael set out on their travels in the Sinai wilderness. The cloud came to rest in the wilderness of Paran.
13So they set out the first time by the mouth of Adonai by Moses’s hand.
14The standard of the camp of the sons of Judah set out first by their divisions. Over them was Nahshon son of Amminadab.
15Over the division of the tribe of the sons of Issachar was Nethanel son of Zuar.
16Over the division of the tribe of the sons of Zebulun was Eliab son of Helon.
17Then the Tabernacle was disassembled, and the sons of Gershon and Merari, who were carrying it, set out.
18The standard of the camp of Reuben then set out, by their divisions. Over his division was Elizur son of Shedeur.
19Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai, was over the division of the tribe of the sons of Simeon.
20Over the division of the tribe of the sons of Gad was Eliasaph son of Deuel.
21Then the Kohathites set out, carrying the holy items. The Tabernacle was to be erected before their arrival.
22The standard of the camp of the sons of Ephraim set out next, by their divisions. Over his division was Elishama son of Ammihud.
23Over the division of the tribe of the sons of Manasseh was Gamaliel son of Pedahzur.
24Over the division of the tribe of the sons of Benjamin was Abidan son of Gideoni.
25The standard of the camp of the tribe of the sons of Dan, being the rear guard of all the camps, set out by their divisions. Over his division was Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai.
26Pagiel son of Ochran, was over the division of the tribe of the sons of Asher.
27Ahira son of Enan, was over the division of the tribe of the sons of Naphtali.
28This is the order by which Bnei-Yisrael, by their divisions, set out.
29Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out to the place about which Adonai said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will do good to you, because Adonai has spoken goodness to Israel.”
30But he said to him, “I will not go, because I would rather go to my own country and to my own people.”
31But he said, “Do not leave us now, because you know where we should camp in the wilderness. You can be like eyes to us.
32If you come with us, we will share with you whatever good Adonai gives to us.”
33So they advanced from the mountain of Adonai, a trip of three days, the Ark of the covenant of Adonai going ahead of them for those three days to seek out a resting place for them.
34The cloud of Adonai was over them by day when they advanced from the camp.
35Whenever the Ark would set out, Moses would say: “Arise, Adonai! May Your enemies be scattered! May those who hate You flee from before You!”
36Then whenever it came to rest, he would say: “Return, Adonai, to the myriad thousands of Israel!”–from Numbers 10
Let’s be showing our dedication by working together! So let’s build upon a solid foundation! Let’s not build on shifting sands, but rather let’s build upon the rock of Jesus Christ! Let’s not build in alignment to our thoughts and ideas, but rather let’s build based on the cornerstone of our lives Jesus Christ to keep things aligned. We each have our piece! We each have our part! We each have our role! We each have our responsibility! And when we do our part then we are setting up the situation for God to show up and do His part! We need to consider if we are aligning to God’s will in what and how we are living and doing things! We need to reflect on where we are at and how we got here and how God has and will move in and through our lives! Let’s be using good material to build with! Let’s build something that will last! Let’s plant into the lives of others! Let’s plant into something that will last forever! Let’s live to make a difference! Let’s work together towards a common purpose and upon the solid foundation of Jesus!
Building Together on God’s Foundation1And I, brothers and sisters, could not speak to you as Spirit-filled but as worldly—as infants in Messiah. 2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready. Indeed, even now you are not yet ready, 3for you are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, aren’t you worldly and walking in a human way? 4For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere humans? 5What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you came to trust—and to each as the Lord gave. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow. 8Now he who plants and he who waters work as one, but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But let each consider carefully how he builds on it. 11For no one can lay any other foundation than what is already laid—which is Yeshua the Messiah. 12Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13each one’s work will become clear. For the Day will show it, because it is to be revealed by fire; and the fire itself will test each one’s work—what sort it is. 14If anyone’s work built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss—he himself will be saved, but as through fire. 16Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that the Ruach Elohim dwells among you? 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 18Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks he is wise in this age, let him become a fool so he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the sight of God. For it is written, “He catches the clever in their craftiness.” 20And again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are useless.” 21So let no one boast about men. For all things are yours— 22whether Paul or Apollos or Kefa, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come. All are yours, 23and you are Messiah’s, and Messiah is God’s.–from 1 Corinthians 3