“A Man from the House of Levi”

“Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite Woman” (Exodus 2:1).

Thus begins the story of Moses’ birth in Exodus 2:1—with one tiny sentence that, in and of itself, may seem insignificant.

However, let’s set that sentence in the context of the words of Jacob, the grandfather of Amram¹, our “man from the house of Levi.” Jacob’s haunting pronouncement in Genesis 49:5-7 relates to Simeon’s and Levi’s “treatment of the men of Shechem whom they massacred on account of the humiliation of their sister Dinah (Genesis 34).”² Allow the gravity of these words—words that are generational in their weight—sink into your soul:

Simeon and Levi are brothers;
    weapons of violence are their swords.
Let my soul come not into their council;
    O my glory, be not joined to their company.
For in their anger they killed men,
    and in their willfulness they hamstrung oxen.
Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce,
    and their wrath, for it is cruel!
I will divide them in Jacob
    and scatter them in Israel.

BUT…“Now a man from the house of Levi…” (Exodus 2:1)Behold, I am making all things new

And Moses is born…

from the house of Levi.
from the house whose anger was cursed.
from the house whose willfulness was loathed.
from the house that received a promise of division.
from the house that was guaranteed to be scattered.

BUT… “Now a man from the house of Levi…” (Exodus 2:1)

Because God delivered a family — so He could send one who would point toward the Deliverer.
Because God redeemed a family — so He could send one who would direct our attention to the Redeemer.
Because God’s irresistible grace is amazing.
Because His Divine claim on us through His Son’s blood—not our past—defines who we are.
Because His promise in Revelation 21—”Behold, I am making all things new”—is a present-tense, all-inclusive promise: all things.

Your things.
My things.
Things of the past.
Things of the present.
This moment.
Being made new.
For His glory.
For your ultimate good. 

Let’s stand on that precious promise today, my sweet friend.





[1] Alan Cole’s Exodus Commentary

[2] ESV Study Bible Footnote, Genesis 49:5-7: p. 133.


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