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What the Bible says about Levi
(From Forerunner Commentary)

Genesis 49:5-7

"Self-will" occurs only here in the Old Testament. In his curse on Simeon and Levi, Jacob says that in their self-will, they "digged down a wall" (KJV), or "hamstrung an ox" (NKJV). Their vengeful, violent acts against Shechem cause Jacob to pronounce a curse on their anger because it manifested itself in fierceness and cruelty. As a result, the tribes of Simeon and Levi, given no inheritance, are scattered throughout Israel.

Martin G. Collins
Overcoming (Part 4): Self-Will

Genesis 49:5-7

Simeon and Levi, treated together, would be "divided" in Jacob, "scattered" in Israel, because of their "fierce" and "cruel" anger. (Jacob is referring to the duplicity and brutality they displayed in the slaying of the men of Shechem. See Genesis 34.)

Charles Whitaker
Searching for Israel (Part Two): Blessings in Faith

Exodus 6:16-20

Moses' family was not one of any distinction in Israel. He was descended from Levi through Kohath to Amram who married Jochebed. Jochebed was Amram's aunt, strangely enough; she was his father's sister. She was probably about the same age as Amram or maybe even younger. From that marriage, Moses was born. It is interesting to consider that, in Leviticus 18:12, such marriages were forbidden, but this was before that injunction. Nevertheless, Moses was the product of an interesting relationship.

John W. Ritenbaugh
Conviction and Moses

Related Topics: Amram and Jochebed. | Kohath | Levi | Moses


 

Leviticus 7:31-32

Another aspect of this offering is important for us to consider more closely: The priest's children are also specifically named to receive of the peace offering. Compare this with Numbers 18:9-11:

This shall be yours of the most holy things reserved from the fire: every offering of theirs, every grain offering and every sin offering and every trespass offering which they render to Me, shall be most holy for you and your sons. In a most holy place you shall eat it; every male shall eat it. It shall be holy to you. This also is yours: the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel; I have given them to you, and your sons and daughters with you, as an ordinance forever. Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it.

Whom do the priest's children symbolically represent? This is important because they were also to eat directly of the offering and be satisfied. We have already seen that Christ is symbolically portrayed in several guises, as offerer, offering, and priest. Remember also that Christ is one with the church. We are parts of His body; we are "in Him."

The Old Testament also characterizes the church in several symbolic guises. For example, all of Israel represents the church as the children of God in pilgrimage to its inheritance. At other times, it is specifically represented as those who have made a covenant with God. Here, the priest's children—or at other times, the entire tribe of Levi—symbolize the church in another specific mode: in service to God. In being permitted to partake of the sacrifices, the priest's children stand for the church in communion with God. God shows through this that he who offered an animal in order to feast with God could not do so without also feasting with God's priests and their children.

John W. Ritenbaugh
The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Four): The Peace Offering


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