“Some of [the Levites] also were appointed over the furniture and over all the utensils of the sanctuary and over the fine flour and the wine and the oil and the frankincense and the spices. Some of the sons of the priests prepared the mixing of the spices. Mattithiah, one of the Levites, who was the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, had the responsibility over the things which were baked in pans. Some of their relatives of the sons of the Kohathites were over the showbread (bread of the Presence) to prepare it every Sabbath.” I Chronicles 9:29-32 (NASB)
The word “Kaddish” simply means “holy” or “set apart for particular or special use.” Your favorite tea or coffee cup, in the most mundane sense, can be considered “holy,” because you have set it aside for a special purpose.
Our Scripture passage above from 1 Chronicles gives us a glimpse into “everyday-ness” of living a holy life. The Levites were a set-apart family group within Israel, commissioned with taking care of the daily workings of the Tabernacle/Temple. They were the security guards, carpenters, accountants, janitors, and musicians. They were the “blue-collar” workers. Without them, all worship activity would have ceased. They were the people behind the scenes.
Holiness is less about living a Clorox-bleached, “high and mighty” life, and more about doing the ordinary things of life well before the face of the Lord. If you notice in the passage above, the Levites went about their daily business—their holy business—with excellence and skill, yet it required a great deal of “sweat equity” and ingenuity to get it all done. When necessary they even called in their relatives to help out and get the work done.
As we enter this Passover season, take a look at what you set aside as “holy” in your life. Be careful not to artificially separate “what happens every day” from “what happens at church.” In God’s eyes, if we are followers of Jesus, ALL of life is “holy.” It is set apart for Him and His purposes. Over these next few weeks as you clean out your pantry and freezer of leaven, take time to offer God ALL of your life. Let him take out that which hinders you from being that “clean tea cup” ready to be filled with His Spirit for His purposes.
See you next week at the Seder Dinners.
Blessings, Pastor Kim
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