1 Chronicles 6 recounts the genealogy of the Levites, the tribe of priests in the midst of Israel. Whenever I read of the Levites I am reminded of the Grace of God’s sovereign choice. We know that God chose Israel out of the nations to be His people, and in this way they precede the Christians of today who are not simply one ethnicity chosen from many, but one new people chosen from EVERY nation. But the Levites were the chosen of the chosen. They were the ones in the midst of God’s chosen people whom God used to show the Israelites what He was working towards, that God’s people would one day be a whole kingdom of priests (Revelation 1:6).
But God goes further still. Look at verse 49:
But Aaron and his sons made offerings on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense for all the work of the Most Holy Place, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.
Out of the Levites God chose one line to make atonement for the sins of all. In fact, that one line consisted of only one man at a time, the high priest, who would enter the holy of holies only once per year to atone for the sins of himself and the people before the ark of God. Through this line, God was pointing to something better, a greater High Priest, one who would make one sacrifice on behalf of this new kingdom of priests that God had called out from every nation. This Great High Priest is the King over this new kingdom. He is Jesus, the One who died and rose again, and is now seated at the right hand of God, leading His people home.