“And so the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the things for its service" (v26). Because God had given the Israelites “rest,” that is, they were no longer nomadic but settled, the Levites’ role changed. They had overseen the portable tabernacle, but now they were going to work in the soon-to-be built Temple in Jerusalem. They would be guarding the gates, leading worship, and assisting the priests with the sacrifices and celebrations at the heart of Israelite life.
The priests and Levites’ roles were always pointing forward to a new day, when, through the Messiah, we would all become “a royal priesthood,” offering worship and “spiritual sacrifices” from our hearts (I Peter 2:5).