Cities Of The Levites

Joshua 21:1

Grace Baptist Temple's stated purposes are to spread the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make converts to the Christian faith, and to carry on divine worship and service. That simply means that we strive to fulfill Mt. 28:19-20.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. It is good to be reminded why we exist as a local church. The tendency at times for us is to become distracted with other things and fail to fulfill the purpose for which this church was established.

Last week we considered the establishment of the cities of refuge within the nation of Israel. Those cities were created with a purpose of providing refuge to all who would need it. Tonight in our study of Joshua 21, we find that God also set aside forty-eight cities for the tribe of Levi and scattered them throughout the nation.

There were three families of the Levites, Kohath, Gershon, and Merari. God did not intend for the tribe of Levi to have their own territorial allotment. He scattered them through the nation in all these different cities. The Levites made their request based on the Word of God previously given by Moses.

Nu 35:2 Command the children of Israel, that they give unto the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in; and ye shall give also unto the Levites suburbs for the cities round about them.

Lest we think that God is being 'unfair' with the tribe of Levi, remember that He is sovereign. He does what He chooses to do, and He is always holy and righteous. He never makes a mistake, nor does He sin. It is not a part of His nature and character. So God had a plan and purpose for the Levites, and for the Levitical cities.

I. Levites: Called to worship

II. Levites: Called to nurture

III. Levites: Called to witness and offer refuge

IV. The Application for Our Local Church

Stand with me, please: Turn in your Bibles to Colossians 3:12. Paul writes to the church of Colossae and challenges them to be what they should be as a local church. Tonight let's receive that challenge as well. Let's read this passage responsively.