In the book of Numbers are recorded all the tribes of Israel with the numbers of men and the names of their leaders. Each clan has been given a specific task to do and a specific place to occupy as the nation of Israel moves through its journey through the wilderness on the way to the promised land.
Some got to lead the way, others to bring up the rear. Some had the honour of transporting the ark of the covenant itself, others had to carry the tent poles and pegs!
There are many things that need to be done as we endeavour to serve The Lord, and much of the work is dull and inglorious. We may well feel the work is menial and thankless. But nevertheless these tasks and acts of service are vital if we are to give God the honour and respect due to him.
Numbers 3:33-37 NLT
The descendants of Merari were composed of the clans descended from Mahli and Mushi. There were 6,200 males one month old or older among these Merarite clans. They were assigned the area north of the Tabernacle for their camp. The leader of the Merarite clans was Zuriel son of Abihail. These two clans were responsible for the care of the frames supporting the Tabernacle, the crossbars, the pillars, the bases, and all the equipment related to their use. They were also responsible for the posts of the courtyard and all their bases, pegs, and ropes.
It can be difficult to be upbeat and positive all the time, especially if you feel you are making little or no impact with your life. So my goal is to remember the clans descended from Mahli and Mushi with their burden of frames, bases, pegs and ropes. I hope that I can rise above my own opinion of my work, and see the value God has given it.
Numbers 2:1-3:51, Mark 11:27-12:17, Psalms 47:1-9, Proverbs 10:24-25