God has been continuing to speak to me today about those that are chosen, the elect, those He has gathered. There were other things as well but these are the passages that struck my heart as I was reading.
Numbers 8:6 – Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.
Numbers 8:10-11 – And thou shalt bring the Levites before the Lord: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites: and Aaron shall offer an offering of the children of Israel, that they may execute the service of the Lord.
Numbers 8:16 – For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me. (these were the chosen, the firstfruits of the people set apart for God)
Numbers 9:8 – And Moses said unto them, Stand still, and I will hear what the Lord will command concerning you. (example of the prophetic ministry of Moses)
Mark 13:20b but for the elect’s sake, whom He hath chosen, He hath shortened the days.
Psalm 50:5 – Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made the covenant with me by sacrifice.
Proverbs 10:29a; 30a – The way of the Lord is strength to the upright. The righteous shall never be removed.
Elect – to pick out, choose. To select by vote for an office. To determine in favor of. Selected. Chosen by God.
Chosen – elect; selected; preferred, pick.
Gather – to bring together into one group, collection, or place. To bring together or assemble; collect gradually. To pick or harvest . Pick up piece by piece.
Proverbs 50:23 – Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me; and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of the Lord.
Off topic but I didn’t want to leave this out. The Word is so rich with instruction for our lives. Those that offer these praises and glorify Him, choosing to order their steps and conversations so as to be shown the salvation of the Lord will surely be set apart ones, so guess not really off topic after all.
Help me today Jesus to be content with where you have me in this life. Help me to always strive for Your best for me but to cease striving in my own strength to be liked or accepted or included. Help me to always be aware that Your presence accompanies me, Holy Spirit, even in those most lonely moments of this life when I can’t sense it. Help me to trust totally in Your Word regarding that. Love to you, my friend and counselor. I pray this in the precious and glorious Name of Jesus. Amen!