Our family recently began working our way through the book of Numbers. My children have asked why all the details, all the numbers?? But we have insisted that God is a God of details and even the numbers are important to Him.
The other day we read only two verses, but God spoke clearly, reminding me once again that His Word is indeed living and active.
We read of the Gershonites. These were members of the Levitical clan, meaning they were priest of God. “And they were responsible for the tabernacle and the tent and the curtains and everything to do with At the tent of meeting the Gershonites were responsible for the care of the tabernacle and tent, its coverings, the curtain at the entrance to the tent of meeting, the curtains of the courtyard, the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard surrounding the tabernacle and altar, and the ropes—and everything related to their use.”
Now I don’t know about you, but I love curtains. They make a room feel homey. Before coming to Nepal, our family lived in my parent’s basement (Lessons learned from the basement). And when we were living here, I couldn’t wait to get a home where I could hang some curtains. (Pretty Curtains). For me, curtains meant a place of our own, stability and the things I was missing during this time. Then we came to Nepal, and we have curtains :). Here most curtains are handmade, beautiful, and costly.
But, the curtains here don’t even come close to the beauty or importance of the curtains the Gershonites were responsible for. This curtain, known as the “veil,” was made of fine linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn. There were figures of cherubim (angels) embroidered onto it. Cherubim, spirits who serve God, were in the presence of God to demonstrate His almighty power and majesty. They also guarded the throne of God. These cherubim were also on the innermost layer of covering of the tent. If one looked upward, they would see the cherubim figures.
And these curtains were of utmost importance because they separated the temple room from the holy of holies. A place only the hight priest were allowed to enter. Because coming into the holy of holies signified being in the presence of the Lord. A matter of great seriousness. In fact, the high priest who entered had great fear and reverence of this place, knowing that if they entered without dealing with sin, God could and would strike them dead.
So you see, the job of the Gershonites was very important. Oh, when you read the description of their job duties, it didn’t sound so great. But, it was of great importance to the Lord.
As I thought on this I was reminded how thankful I am that the veil was torn into from top to bottom. That no longer is there a curtain separating me from the presence of God. No longer is it only the high priest who can enter into God’s presence. In fact we are told in Hebrews to enter with boldness into the presence of God. We don’t have to go to the high priest, we can talk and meet with God at any time and on any day.
These beautiful curtains the Gershonites were responsible for are no longer needed, because through the blood of Christ, we now enter into God’s presence and enjoy fellowship with Him.
But, just as the Gershonites guarded the holy of holies, just as the high priest had a reverence for entering into the holy of holies. Let us not take this gift for granted. Let us not treat it lightly. We have access to meet and fellowship with the One true God. What a privilege, what a joy.
So, what can we learn from the Gershonites??
1. Each and every job given by God is of utmost importance to Him and we should be faithful to do our best.
2. Like the Gershonites, we should guard our time with the Lord and not let distractions carry us away.
3. We should not take for granted the privilege we have to enter into the King of King’s presence. But, treat prayer with reverence just as the high priest.
Two verses, and God spoke so much to my heart as I meditated on what this meant. God’s word is certainly not too old, too outdated to work today. In fact, it is sharper than a two-edged sword, it is living and it is active. It is true, and it is our hope.
What is God speaking to you through His Word? I encourage you to dig deep, search the scriptures, and enjoy dwelling in His presence, today!