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Numbers Chapter 4   (ESV)

21 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 22 “Take a census of the sons of Gershon also, by their fathers’ houses and by their clans. 23 From thirty years old up to fifty years old, you shall list them, all who can come to do duty, to do service in the tent of meeting. 24 This is the service of the clans of the Gershonites, in serving and bearing burdens: 25 they shall carry the curtains of the tabernacle and the tent of meeting with its covering and the covering of goatskin that is on top of it and the screen for the entrance of the tent of meeting 26 and the hangings of the court and the screen for the entrance of the gate of the court that is around the tabernacle and the altar, and their cords and all the equipment for their service. And they shall do all that needs to be done with regard to them. 27 All the service of the sons of the Gershonites shall be at the command of Aaron and his sons, in all that they are to carry and in all that they have to do. And you shall assign to their charge all that they are to carry. 28 This is the service of the clans of the sons of the Gershonites in the tent of meeting, and their guard duty is to be under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.




  • Read this passage slowly. Read the whole chapter if possible noting the work done by the Levites.
  • As the Israelites were moving from place to place in the wilderness, specific Levitical clans were enlisted to take down the tabernacle, carry it to the new site, and reassemble it. Scripture refers to these tasks as “serving” or “carrying”.
  • This week make an effort to help those people in your life whose duties include serving and carrying: for example, help serve coffee to business associates, help carry a heavy piece of furniture.
  • Have I ever thought of the tables and chairs arranged orderly every Sunday morning? There are a group of faithful brothers and sisters who come early on Sunday morning for this.  Try coming to church at 9:00AM next Sunday and give a hand to the worship setup team?  Or better yet, ask if I may join the team to “serve” and “carry” as these Levites.



  • Thank God for the Setup team for their sacrificial and dedicated work week after week. Pray for God’s blessings on them.
  • Pray that I and other brothers and sisters may want to share the early Sunday morning set-up work and actually commit to it regularly.