the stranger that cometh nigh…..

the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

The Word of the Lord,  repeated four times in the book of Numbers.   It seems a little harsh to me, until we realize what the Lord is protecting.

If we look at the Old Testament as a picture of our Christian walk we begin to understand what the Lord is showing us.

Genesis:  Our wonderings, we may stumble upon the Lord and some find a way to walk with the Lord but it takes exceptional desire and obedience. …Enoch,  Noah,  Abraham, Joseph.  All men who had a special relationship with the Lord.

Exodus:  Our deliverance from slavery and the bondage of sin.  Jesus made the way.  The building of our Spiritual lifes, the church of God.  Still takes a special person to lead, guide, direct on our journey.   The Spirit of God gives  the wisdom, knowledge and skill to build the Tabernacle of the Lord.   The place He lives.  (within us).

Leviticus:  The journey to holiness, obedience, blessing.   True believers are separated from the masses. We begin to be responsible for our own walks. The Levites start their traning for the service of the Lord.

Numbers:  The start of our walk to the promised land.  The Levites start their various ministries.   The way to the promised land is before them.  Some don’t make it because of an evil heart of unbelief they depart from the living God.   

Here is where the warning is given:  “the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.”

The first of these warning is to the Levites.   

Numbers 1:51
 And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

Only the Levites are empowered to build the Tabernacle the habitat of the Lord.  There are many children of Israel. …only the chosen are allowed to touch the Tabernacle.   Are you one of the multitudes of believers or one of the chosen?   

What is the depth of your beliefs.   Virgin birth, death, resurrection. …2nd coming?    How about Baptism, by water, by spirit?   Calling, Gifts, Ministries of the Spirit?  Tongues, Interpretation, prophecy,  healings, miracles?   Is your church growing daily? Where does your faith line end?  I know we want to believe it all…but do we?   Really?

2nd through 4th warnings are to the Priest’s.  

Numbers 3:10
But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, even before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

Numbers 3:38
But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, even before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

Numbers 18:7
Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest’s office for everything of the altar, and within the vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest’s office unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

The Lord tells us who is to lead His church.   Those in the east, the leaders, priests.   They are to wait on their ministry.  It is a service of gift.

The Lord today is telling the Levites and Priest’s of today.   (Those who truly seek, love and obey Him).  To keep His testimony,  His word is Sacred,  we are to guard and protect it, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

We should be healing the sick, freeing the captives, comforting the brokenhearted,  proclaiming Jesus.  Help us Lord to understand and be obedient to Your will and ways.  May we truly Walk with Jesus. .

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