Levites from Libya

Is. 66:19 ¬? ‚ÄúI will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations‚Äîto Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations.
Is. 66:20 And they will bring all your brothers, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD—on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,” says the LORD. “They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the LORD in ceremonially clean vessels.
Is. 66:21 And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites,” says the LORD.

I read this and I am just amazed.

I get goosebumps and tears in my eyes.

Libyans, Lydians, and Greeks, and other people from the nations WILL BE SELECTED TO BE PRIESTS AND LEVITES.

In the 8th Century B.C., God tells the world that He is going to bust out of Abraham’s ancestry and out of the tribe of Levi and call priests from the nations. That blows me away. I don’t know why. I already know and experience GOD living IN me, so why am I so blown away that we are made into Levites.

I guess because that would have been such a crazy thing for Isaiah to say to the Jews then. That would be like saying I’m going to turn these druggies on the street into the elders and preachers of megachurches. awesome.

  • Maybe it would be easier to believe if the church ever started functioning as if the priesthood of all believers was a present reality. We talk it. But, the established order of our organizational structures maintains a very clear distinction between those ordained to work as full time ministers, and well, everybody else.
    Jesus did call the apostles from among the people of the street. How and why did we reinstate a system of advanced training, credentials, and gatekeepers, separate from all the rest of us?