The Strangers Among Us:
The first mention of strangers in the Bible is in Genisis 15, in a dream, Abraham was told by God, that his decedents would be strangers in the land of Egypt, for 400 years; and they were.
The next mentions of strangers is at the Exodus, (Exodus 12), where the people, (non-Hebrews), that choose to join in the Passover with Gods people, needed to be circumcised.
The strangers who joined in the Exodus were to have the benefit of a day of rest. (Exodus 23). They were not to eat of the consecrated food. (For the priests). The strangers are to be treated well, should be treated as you would treat your family. Not cheating, overcharging, if they fall on bad times, we are to treat them with mercy and grace. (Leviticus 25)
The Levites were chosen by the Lord to replace the firstborn of the Hebrews and to handle all the Holy things of the Tabernacle and Alter of the Lord. (Numbers 3:41)
But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and overall the vessels thereof, and overall things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle. 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.
And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest’s office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
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.
And if a stranger shall sojourn among you, and will keep the Passover unto the LORD; according to the ordinance of the Passover, and according to the manner thereof, so shall he do: ye shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger, and for him, that was born in the land.
And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do. One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance forever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD. One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.
The strangers, if they decide to follow the Lord, are excepted in the fellowship, but, they have no business handling the Holy office of the Levites.
The Levites are commanded to keep the Word pure, powerful, and pleasing to the Lord. The problem is we haven’t. The Church, our body is powerless, almost a pointless existence.
There’s very little excitement in the body, in the first-century church, grew daily. The power and presence of God caused those seeking to find Him.
When the strangers are at the helm, the Church does a slow death. Faith and belief are missing. Only hot empty air is available.
There is no life in that.
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