Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 6, 2015

Earning the rights of the Firstborn

Moses went up the mountain for forty days and nights.  Since he seemed to take so long, Aaron instructed the people to make a God in the shape of a golden calf.  When Moses heard the revelry of the worship of this idol, he was incensed.

“Now when Moses saw that the people were out of control—for Aaron had let them get out of control to be a derision among their enemies— then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him.  He said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Every man of you put his sword upon his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.’”  So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day.  Then Moses said, “Dedicate yourselves today to the Lord—for every man has been against his son and against his brother—in order that He may bestow a blessing upon you today.”  Exodus 32:25-29

The tribe of Levi won the rights of the firstborn by being obedient to the command to kill the instigators of this idol worship.  After this incident, Moses goes up the mountain a second time and returns with new stone tablets.  So the Levites became the firstborn between the first and second ‘comings’ of Moses.  In like fashion, those who demonstrate significant obedience will win the rights of the firstborn before Jesus’ second coming.  The firstborn were entitled to a double portion of the inheritance.

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