There was a guy that i worked with for a while who was of the sons of Levi (per self-report). He stated that He was of the direct lineage of the Priestly line (a high priest). A great, great, great, great, great… grandson of Aaron. He was a kind of chubby, dirty, greasy kind of guy, but he was good with pipe organs and other construction work. I learned how to wire ceiling lights and put up drop-ceiling work from him. He was the man that was called when a church in NYC’s pipe organ tumbled down off of the wall and buried a man underneath the pipes and other equipment. After a day or two of work, the buried man was unburied and found relatively unscathed beneath the pile of pipes.
I don’t even remember the guy’s name, but I remember him talking about how, when he was a child he saw the garments of the high priest. These were the robes that would have been worn by the high priest in all of his tabernacle / temple duties. I remember him talking about the symbolism even in the decoration of the priestly garments; how in the decorative work of the headpiece right on the forehead was the symbol of three crosses. That that symbolism had been there; the priests had spent millennia walking around doing their duties as priests with three crosses on their foreheads completely unaware of what that meant and represented.
It’s amazing when you think about it, yet at the same time, it’s completely a God / YHWH thing. Our God loves to hide amazing wonders and miraculous things in plain sight. He loves to share His wonders with the world, yet the only ones who see it are those who seek it and whose eyes are open to it. It’s like the parables; earthly stories with heavenly meaning. Open to all to hear, but only those who pursue the answer from the source, really get the whole picture.
This same man who was purportedly of the line of Aaron, reported that he had rebelled when he was younger and he ended up becoming the high-priest for the church of Satan. He wouldn’t talk much about this part of his life as he was clearly ashamed of it and seemed to have some very PTSD type symptoms as a result of it. It’s funny because i’m inclined to believe much of what he said (whether it’s true or not) because it just seems like something that would happen. The enemy takes a fallen of the dedicated and holy of the children of Israel, and turns him into his servant. The enemy loves to take that which is most beautiful and precious to YHWH and turn it into the most despised.
I don’t really know what this story has to do with Numbers 8, other than that this is where the Levites are cleansed and prepared in holiness to do the work of service. But i believe that it is here for a reason.
Rev. John J. Camiolo Jr.
P.S. When i last saw this Jewish man, he was a Christian; continually in the background doing the work of service.