“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…

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April—National Poetry Month (Day 1)

“Sweet Are the Thoughts That Savour of Content”

by Robert Greene (1558-1592)

Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content;
The quiet mind is richer than a crown;
Sweet are the nights in careless slumber spent;
The poor estate scorns fortune’s angry frown:
Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss,
Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss.

The homely house that harbours quiet rest;
The cottage that affords no pride nor care;
The mean that ‘grees with country music best;
The sweet consort of mirth and music’s fare;
Obscured life sets down a type of bliss:
A mind content both crown and kingdom is.

Keeping It Real: Mea Culpa

In his commentary on Exodus 20:4-6, John Mackay helps us place the responsibility for religious decline where it should be: ourselves.

How absolutely humbling.

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Exodus 20:4-6

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God,visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

Keeping It Real: Biblical Meditation

I’m so thankful for biblical teachers like J.I Packer, a teacher who doesn’t encourage us to “move our attention inward…to rest in our true natures” (in the way of yoga’s self-realization) — but who, instead, helps us learn how to look away from ourselves, to speak to our flawed souls in honest, truth-filled ways. This truth does not lie in our hearts—because those hearts are “deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9). Jesus told us where to look for truth when he prayed his High Priestly Prayer in John 17:17: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” May Christ’s prayer be answered as we open our Bibles and pray for the Holy Spirit’s gift of wisdom — and, as a result, may you and I “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

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“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.