The weight of holy burdens

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The descendants of Israel gifted carts and oxen as an offering to GOD to assist with the transport of the tabernacle. Their nomadic life centered around the worship of Yahweh in the tabernacle. Moses met with God there.

There was one group of priests, the Kohathites, who had to carry their part of the transport. No oxen to pull the burden. No cart to shoulder the load.

…because it was holy!!

If something is holy or significant, the bearer of the burden must take extra care to set it apart- consecrated for His service. – Teresa #itmaynotbeasy #butitsglorious

Numbers 11:1-7 (ESV)

7 On the day when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle and had anointed and consecrated it with all its furnishings and had anointed and consecrated the altar with all its utensils, 2 the chiefs of Israel, heads of their fathers’ houses, who were the chiefs of the tribes, who were over those who were listed, approached 3 and brought their offerings before the Lord, six wagons and twelve oxen, a wagon for every two of the chiefs, and for each one an ox. They brought them before the tabernacle. 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, 5 “Accept these from them, that they may be used in the service of the tent of meeting, and give them to the Levites, to each man according to his service.” 6 So Moses took the wagons and the oxen and gave them to the Levites. 7 Two wagons and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon, according to their service. 8 And four wagons and eight oxen he gave to the sons of Merari, according to their service, under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. 9 But to the sons of Kohath he gave none, because they were charged with the service of the holy things that had to be carried on the shoulder. 10 And the chiefs offered offerings for the dedication of the altar on the day it was anointed; and the chiefs offered their offering before the altar. 11 And the Lord said to Moses, “They shall offer their offerings, one chief each day, for the dedication of the altar.”

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