Men from Thirty to Fifty

In Numbers 1:3, we read they counted the men 20 years old and older. These men were eligible for the army – but not for ministry.

Numbers 4:3, “Count all the men from thirty to fifty years of age who enter the ministry of work in the Tent of Meeting.” The Message

The same sentence was in 4:23, 30, 35, 39, 43, and 47.

“This age was specifically fixed on (see on ch. 8:24) as the full maturity of bodily energy to perform the laborious duties assigned them in the wilderness, as well as of mental activity to assist in the management of the sacred services. And hence it was the period of life at which [John] the Baptist and Christ entered on their respective ministries. The term prescribed for active duty was a period of 20 years, at the end of which they were exempted from the physical labours of the office, though still expected to attend in the tabernacle (ch. 8:26).” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

Only the Levites worked in the Tent of Meeting. They did not count them and register them in the army, (see Numbers 1:48). But, they did train for war. They were Israel’s “National Guard” or “Secret Service.”

Numbers 1:53, “…The Levites are responsible for the security of The Dwelling of The Testimony.” The

Message

I stand corrected

From the ages of 20-30 20-25, the Levites guarded The Temple. They learned discipline and to follow orders. When they turned 30, their minds were also mature. Then they started the heavy lifting.

The Levites never retired. At the age of 50, they were excused from heavy physical labor but still performed all other duties.

Numbers 8:23-26, “God spoke to Moses: (24) ‘These are your instructions concerning the Levites: At the age of twenty-five they will join the workforce in the Tent of Meeting; (25) at the age of fifty they must retire from the work. (26) They can assist their brothers in the tasks in the Tent of Meeting, but they are not permitted to do the actual work themselves. These are the ground rules for the work of the Levites.’ ” The Message

Ministry looks fun and exciting. But it is discipline, patience, following orders, practice, and heavy lifting.

How do you minister in your church? Usher? Altar worker? Nursery Attendant? Teacher? Janitor? Prayer Partner?

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Say to Them…

“Are you going to move the boxes out of the guest room?” David asked.

“I can’t until I make space in the storage room,” I replied.

I spent the morning in the storage room. I packed the drums and moved the cases to the bottom of the stairs. Then I texted Derek to pick them up.

David moved the drum shield on his lunch hour. (I couldn’t lift it.) I cleared the corner; rolled up the rug, and swept the floor.

“…God is for you. That means you can do the thing you are afraid you can’t do. …Beginning is usually the hard part. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step; after that it gets easier. …Radio commentator Paul Harvey says, ‘You can always tell when you’re on the road to success. It’s uphill all the way.’ ” The Word for You Today, 11-13-18

I spent the afternoon putting fall decorations away. Then I put away the decorating boxes. I cleared the suitcases and boxes off of the bed. When David got home from work, we took the bed apart. We leaned the pieces against the wall in the storage room. We swept the floor and called it a day.

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This morning, David asked if I had a plan for the game/craft room. I got out my floor plan and showed him. It helps him to see the plan.

“…A Harvard study has demonstrated that our brain cannot tell the difference between a visualized image of our success and reality. However, it can tell the difference between a visualized image and a fantasy. …our brain looks at fantasies as a threat. …” How to Visualize Your Success in 3 Easy Ways, LaRae Quy, FBI Agent

The first step was “Be very intentional with the way you talk to yourself.” We also need to be intentional about how we speak to others.

Numbers 6:23-27, “…This is how you are to bless the People of Israel. Say to them, (24) God bless you and keep you, (25) God smile on you and gift you, (26) God look you full in the face and make you prosper. (27) In so doing, they will place my name on the People of Israel – I will confirm it by blessing them.” The Message

Are you procrastinating on a project? Can you draw a picture of the result? Can you write steps to your goal? What is the first step?

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