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Only the priests and Levites could serve the Lord at the Tent of Meeting, reminding us of Jesus who alone could go before the Lord on our behalf.

BibleGateway: Numbers 3:1-13

ESV Text: Numbers 3:1-13

KJV Text:

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     1 These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the LORD spake with Moses in mount Sinai. 2 And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 3 These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest’s office. 4 And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest’s office in the sight of Aaron their father. 5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 6 Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him. 7 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle. 8 And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle. 9 And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel. 10 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. 11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 12 And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine; 13 Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 358 :
Lamb of God, We Fall Before Three — Organ Audio

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1. Lamb of God, we fall before Thee, 
Humbly trusting in Thy Cross. 
That alone be all our glory; 
All things else are only dross. 

2. Thee we own a perfect Savior, 
Only Source of all that’s good. 
Every grace and every favor 
Comes to us through Jesus’ blood. 

3. Jesus gives us true repentance 
By His Spirit sent from heaven; 
Whispers this transporting sentence, 
“Son, thy sins are all forgiven.” 

4. Faith He grants us to believe it, 
Grateful hearts His love to prize; 
Want we wisdom? He must give it, 
Hearing ears and seeing eyes. 

5. Jesus gives us pure affections, 
Wills to do what He requires, 
Makes us follow His directions, 
And what He commands, inspires. 

6. All our prayers and all our praises, 
Rightly offered in His name,– 
He that dictates them is Jesus; 
He that answers is the same. 

Hymn: LSB 540 Christ, the Word of God Incarnate