I enjoyed Bethany’s reflection on the end of Moses’ life and his last interactions with God.
“The Levites obeyed your word and guarded your covenant. They were more loyal to you than to their own parents. They ignored their relatives and did not acknowledge their own children.” 33:9
If you’ll remember, the Levites were never allotted any land to call their own because the Lord himself was to be their inheritance (Deut. 18:2). I love the verse above because obviously they really sunk into that and made God their special possession, not anything earthly.
Ultimately, our loyalty belongs to the Lord. He is who we answer to first and foremost, and who we should choose to obey, love and serve.
I wonder if the author is speaking in hyperbole in verse 33:9, or if when it really came down to it, the Levites had to renounce their family.
Is there something in your life that challenges your faithfulness to God?
Maybe it’s a relative. Maybe it’s a significant other. A job. A title, or a role you’re in. Even a social status. Is there something you need to turn away from to remain loyal to your covenant with God?
“There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. He drives out the enemy before you; he cries out, ‘Destroy them!’ “ 33:26-27
Our ultimate protector, riding in with his everlasting arms and refuge of provision!
Tomorrow, we start the book of Joshua.