I mentioned on our Feb 15th reading that the sons of Kohath had a stressful job. Today we learned about the task assigned to them. When it comes time for the Israelites to journey, three Levite clans (Kohathite, Gershonite, and Merarite) are responsible for transporting the tabernacle. Aaron and Moses take down the most holy things in the tabernacle and cover the items with badger skins and cloth. “And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is set to go, then the sons of Kohath shall come to carry them; but they shall not touch any holy things, lest they die.” That would be a bad day at work! God is so holy that he tells Aaron and Moses, regarding covering the holy items, “but do this in regard to them, that they may live and not die when they approach the most holy things…But they shall not go in to watch while the holy things are being covered, lest they die”. 😱 Remember, we are separated from the Lord bc of sin. The Lord is making a way for us to have an intimate relationship with Him and one day the people won’t need a high priest as the go between. But until Jesus comes, God makes very clear the way to approach Him.
Lastly today we read about protecting marital faithfulness. What’s up with a woman having to drink bitter water that would bring a curse on her and swell her belly and rot her thigh? 😳 So, this is the Lord’s protection of faithful wives. A man can’t falsely accuse his wife of cheating on him and shame her and kick her out. The Lord loves and protects women. However, this bitter curse drink would be a good incentive for a woman to remain faithful because we know that no woman wants a fat belly and a rotten thigh. The Lord knows that infidelity breaks marriages, harms children, and destroys relationships with others. It hurts those committing the adultery and those surrounding them. The Lord wants to protect us from that deep pain. Also, God values marriage! He is the One that created it back in the garden with Adam and Eve. Keep reading bc tomorrow the children of Israel pack up and move.