But [the Kohathites] shall not go in to see the sanctuary [the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies] or its holy things, even for an instant, lest they die. [Numbers 4:20 AMPC]
The Kohathites were a tribe from the line of Levi, and as we all know the Levites were assigned the care of the Tabernacle. This tribe was assigned to camp to the south of the Tabernacle and when the camp was to move, they were assigned to carry the holy things (after Aaron and his sons went in and covered everything).
Now, if you have an ounce of Indiana Jones curiosity in you like I do then being a priest from the line of Levi would not be beneficial to our health according to the above passage so when I read this I couldn’t help but wonder – why? We as humans love beautiful things… bright and vibrant colors, things that sparkle, shiny things, etc. and the articles made for the tabernacle would certainly qualify as spectacular.
I remember once, when I worked for a cleaning crew, we would go into the finest houses around. The layout/floor plan always captivated me. Some of these houses had closets as big as my bedroom, and I would imagine myself living in such a house. Then the Holy Spirit said ‘oohing & aweing over these things that are made by man would take our eyes and hearts away from the most important thing in the room – GOD.” Then He showed me the tent (tabernacle) dry rotting and disintegrating along with all the furnishings, and returning to dust but GOD was still shinning as bright as a noon day sun. Then He said “worshipping GOD must not be taken lightly”
See, we want to go in and ooh & awe over the man-made things, ignoring God who is right there watching. What is in the room is not as important as who is in the room. And what is in the room was made by Him who is in the room. We really need to get our focus right.