I’ve been reading in Numbers, and I find it very interesting all the things that the Israelites and the Levites were called to do in order to set themselves apart to the Lord. There were so many standards/statutes about food, clothing, behavior, work. They were to be a nation set apart so to call other peoples to the Lord. We were watching the What’s in the Bible? episode with the girls on Numbers, and they talked about this as well.
This really made me think about how we, as Christians now, are still called to be set apart, 1 Peter 2:9 “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.”
I’m always amazed at the parallels in God’s Word between the Old and New Testament. God really does not change. He is still calling a people to be set apart in order to draw others to Him. But how does being set apart look if we are no longer dressing/eating/farming like an Israelite?
1 Peter 2:11-12 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
The book goes on to tell us to submit to authorities, be respectful, love others, be willing to suffer for good, be like Jesus, and (later on in the book) be holy. A high calling, a priestly calling, a calling that is beyond me, which is why I lift up the prayer from
Hebrews 13:20-21 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.