The first Levites to be assigned their share are the Kohathites. Among them, Aaron’s sons, the priests, occupy a special place. They get thirteen cities. Of these, nine are in Judah, including Simeon, including the city of refuge of Hebron, and four are in Benjamin. This division means that they will live in the right place, near Jerusalem, near the temple. Jerusalem is not yet known as such, but God places them there in view of the time He will dwell there.
The task of the Levites is to teach and to offer incense (Deu 33:1010“They shall teach Your ordinances to Jacob,
And Your law to Israel.
They shall put incense before You,
And whole burnt offerings on Your altar.
). Their task is a task towards the people and a task towards God. In their duty to the people, they must teach the people the whole truth of God. Their duty to God is to bring Him offerings. In our life as Christians, the two aspects of the Levites are connected. We have a task to God and a task to the people around us. To God we are “a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1Pet 2:5b5you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.). To the people we are “a royal priesthood”, to proclaim the excellencies of God (1Pet 2:99But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for [God’s] own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;).
As said, dividing the cities among the Levites is in a way a climax. We have seen everything God has prepared for His people so far. He gave the people the strength to conquer the land and also gave them the wisdom to divide the land. But this is not all. The most important thing is not what we have received, but what God receives. We see that in the Levites.
Levites are given to the priests to help them to bring offerings. Through the teaching they give, the people learn how they can bring to God something that is pleasing to Him. They always show the people to Whom they owe the blessings. That also applies to us. Every service among the believers must be aimed at creating true worship.
The service of worship rises above gratitude for what we have received. For example, the Levite of the New Testament is the servant who explains God’s Word. In his teaching he presents to the people the blessing that the church in Christ has received. That will work in the hearts of the believers worship of God. For all that we have received is for the praise of His glory (Eph 1:6,12,146to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.12to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.14who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of [God’s own] possession, to the praise of His glory.). When we have seen some of the blessings, we honor, praise, worship. For this we “have our access in one Spirit to the Father” (Eph 2:1818for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.). We see it in Paul himself, how he bows his knees before the Father of the Lord Jesus (Eph 3:1414For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,).
It is the wonderful task of the Levites among all the people to get the people to worship the Father (Jn 4:23-2423But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.24God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”). How much do we personally owe to brothers who have shown the blessings to us, to turn our hearts, from the blessings, to Him from Whom these blessings are given.