Tuesday, March 2

You are mine.

Scripture: Numbers 3-4, Psalm 26, Matthew 2

Numbers 3:11–13 The Lord also said to Moses, 12 “I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine, 13 for all the firstborn are mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set apart for myself every firstborn in Israel, whether human or animal. They are to be mine. I am the Lord.”

Observation

Moses had the enormous task of creating order for a multitude of thousands of recently freed slaves while moving them from Egypt to the Promised Land.  This chapter sets out the role of the Levites, Moses’ own tribe, who were to be priests and tabernacle attendants.  

God said, “The Levites are mine…set apart for myself…they are to be mine.  I am the Lord.”  They were set apart (holy) for the work and care of the tabernacle, the spiritual center of Israel’s life.  While the whole nation was holy (set apart for God—Exodus 19:3-6), within the nation, the Levites were set apart for this work.  

God said, “They are mine.” 

Application

Today, every Christian is holy, set apart for God’s work and purposes.  Each of us belongs to the Lord, lock stock and barrel!  The Lord can say of each of us, “They are mine.”  

1 Corinthians 6:19–20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

My life is not my own; I’ve been bought with a price—the blood of Jesus.  The Lord says of me, “You are not your own; you are mine.”  

What does it mean for me today to belong to God, to hear Him say, “Your life is not your own; you are mine.”?  I want to live with that clear sense of calling, belonging, and purpose. 

Prayer: Lord, I am Yours.  Use me today for Your purposes.  Help me live for You.  Show me what it means for me when You say, “You are mine.”