We used to sing these words as an old spiritual. Then we will conclude it: as long as I live, I am on the Lord’s side. I can’t help but remember people we started this journey together who dropped off on the way. They chosed a different side in the warfare. In this journey, you can’t afford to vacillate. You can’t be lukewarm. There’s no midway pattern.. You have to choose a side from the start. The scene might have looked bad, but there were still remnants. These are the people Moses was looking for. You see, in warfare, you need the committed to change the atmosphere. In that crowd, there were some people who did not agree with Aaron. These are the ones who responded to this call. They all happened to be from the tribe of Levi, the very tribe Moses came from. Albert Barnes makes a very solid observation that ” the spirit of the narrative forbids us to conceive that the act of the Levite’s was anything like an indiscriminate massacre:” There was an amnesty by the words of this title. To be on the Lords side is to accept the teachings and the sacrifice of Jesus. Today our choice will determine whether we live or die. Elijah, Joshua and Jesus confronted the people of their time with the same choice ( 1Kings 18:21;Joshua 24:14;Mat6:24). This choice is more than a mental assent. If you choose Jesus, you’ll also carry the sword. The answer is centered on obedience.
Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. Exodus 32:26 KJV