|Overview - Numbers 8|
|1||How the lamps are to be lighted.|
|5||The consecration of the Levites.|
|23||The age and time of their service.|
Numbers 8:24 (King James Version)
This is it that belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:
- from twenty
- In ch. 4:3 the Levites are appointed to the service of the tabernacle at the age of 30 ; years; and in 1 Ch 23:24 they are ordered to commence their work at 20 ; years of age. In order to reconcile this apparent discrepancy, it is to be observed, 1
- At the time of which Moses speaks in ch. 4:3 the Levitical service was exceedingly severe, and consequently required full grown, robust men, to perform it; the age of 30 ; was therefore appointed as the period for commencing this service, the weightier part of which was probably there intended
- 2. In this place God seems to speak of the service in a general way: hence the age of 25 is fixed
- 3. In David's time, and afterwards, in the fixed tabernacle and temple, the laboriousness of the service no longer existed, and hence 20 years was the age appointed.
- Numbers 4:3 Numbers 4:23 1 Chronicles 23:3 1 Chronicles 23:24-27 ; 1 Chronicles 28:12 1 Chronicles 28:13
- wait upon
- Hebrew war the warfare of, etc.
- 1 Corinthians 9:7 ; 2 Corinthians 10:4 ; 1 Timothy 1:18 ; 6:12 2 Timothy 2:3-5