PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Numbers 3-4
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Take the Levites in place of all the firstborn of Israel.” (Numbers 3:45)
In ancient times, the firstborn represented the hope of future.
The firstborn was the future leader (head) of the household, the primary heir.
When the firstborn sons of Egypt were slain, the future of Egypt was jeopardized.
When God claims the firstborn, he is declaring his ownership of the future.
Instead of actually taking these sons, God raises up the Levites in their place.
They represent God’s headship over Israel, and God’s control of the future.
The families were free to keep their firstborn, with the Levites as their symbolic heads.
In that culture, the firstborn represented the whole family, the whole nation.
Jesus is the firstborn among many brothers and sisters (Romans 8:29).
Jesus is the firstborn over all creation (Colossians 1:15)
Jesus is even the firstborn from among the dead (Colossians 1:18, Revelation 1:5)
We are the church of the firstborn (Hebrews 12:23), the people under his leadership and care.
Jesus, not the Levites, is our spiritual leader, who owns and rules us and keeps us secure.
Do we see ourselves as totally dependent on, and submissive to, Jesus, our firstborn head?
Lord, thank you for taking my place as the firstborn, for securing my future from death and giving me a place in God’s family. I glad submit to you as the firstborn!