Numbers 7:1-9

Now on the day that Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle, he anointed it and consecrated it with all its furnishings and the altar and all its utensils; he anointed them and consecrated them also. Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers’ households, made an offering (they were the leaders of the tribes; they were the ones who [a]were over the [b]numbered men). When they brought their offering before the Lord, six covered carts and twelve oxen, a cart for everytwo of the leaders and an ox for each one, then they presented them before the tabernacle. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Accept these things from them, that they may be [c]used in the service of the tent of meeting, and you shall give them to the Levites, to each man according to his service.” So Moses took the carts and the oxen and gave them to the Levites. Two carts and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon, according to their service, and four carts and eight oxen he gave to the sons of Merari, according to their service, under the [d]direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. But he did not give any to the sons of Kohath because theirs was the service of the holy objects, which they carried on the shoulder.

I can just see some of the Kohathites saying “man, wish we had carts to carry our burdens like the Gershonites or the Merarites. But no, we have to carry it all on our own shoulders!”

But that wasn’t too be, God’s instructions were very clear on the subject. So clear, in fact, that he struck a man dead because David put the ark on a cart and the man touched the ark to steady it.

We can be jealous too, when someone else gets blessed, and it feels like we’ve been left out or forgotten. Instead, we ought to rejoice with those who rejoice (and mourn with those who mourn). We need to learn to share in the triumphs of our brothers and sisters, not begrudging them the victory, but celebrating it with them.

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