Numbers 8 Outline
– The setting up of the seven lamps of the lampstand (Numbers 8:1-4)
– The Levites underwent a purification ceremony before starting to work at the tabernacle (Numbers 8:5-26)
Numbers 8 Summary
In Numbers 8:1-4, God commanded Moses to tell Aaron to set up the seven lamps so that they faced forward on the lampstand. The golden lampstand was made from hammered gold, from the base to the blossoms. It was made according to the pattern that God showed Moses.
In Numbers 8:5-26, God commanded Moses to carry out a purification ceremony for the Levites so that they can be set apart to do God’s work. First, Moses is to sprinkle cleansing water on them. Next, he is to shave their bodies and have them wash their clothes. Then, the Levites must bring a young bullock with his meat offering, even fine flour mingled with oil and another young bullock as sin offering. The Levites and the whole Israelite community must come to the front of the tent of the congregation. The Israelites will lay their hands on the Levites.
Next, the Levites will lay their hands on the heads of the young bullock as sin offering to make atonement. Then, Aaron will present the Levites as wave offerings from the Israelites. All firstborns of including firstborn sons of the Israelite women and animals belong to God. Now, God is taking the Levites in place of the firstborns of Israel to do the work at the tabernacle. After the purification ceremony, the Levites can come to the tabernacle to do their work. The Levites can start taking part in the work at the tent of the congregation at 25 years old but they must retire at 50 years old. After 50 years, they can help other Levites to do the work at the tent of the congregation.
Numbers 8 Bible Study
1. Shine your light to the world
The seven lamps on the lampstand represent the church (Revelation 1:20). A church is just a building. The most important part of the church is the believers. Coming to the church and attend the Sunday service should not just be all you are doing. Every Christian follower has the responsibility to preach and spread the gospel to others. In Matthew 28:19, go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. In Matthew 5:13-16, ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
2. Dedicating your life to God
Numbers 8 is about the Levites being purified and dedicated to God to do the work at the tabernacle. Once you have believe in Jesus Christ, you must repent and confess yours so that all your unrighteousness can be cleansed. After that, you must dedicate your life to God and stop doing all your sins and start serving God. In Matthew 16:24, Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. In 2 Timothy 3:12, yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. In 1 Peter 4:1-2, forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.