Numbers 8: We Are in the Hands of God
Numbers chapter 8 gives us a very interesting perspective on the final plague in Egypt.
Num 8:16 For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.
Num 8:17 For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself.
Num 8:18 And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.
Basically, God is telling us that instead of taking the firstborn child of every family in Israel, the tribe of Levi is His.
I thought that it was a very interesting to mention both the tribe of Levi and those that died in Egypt. Obviously, all the children in Israel did not physically die because their families did what they had to. You can remember all of this from everything we talked about in Exodus. However, on that day, God said that He sanctified the firstborn of Israel to be His.
This is a lot like salvation. When we are saved, we are dead to our old sins and slaves to righteousness.
Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
After this process, we have been claimed by God as His own children. We are no longer bound to our sinful past, and we can move forward into a future that involves a greater relationship with God.
We are claimed by God as His property, and it is a great place to be. He will keep us safe and secure for all of eternity.
Isa 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.