The Lord told Aaron, This is so
that there'll be no further judgment on the children of Israel. God
explained to him that everything that was given in worship in Israel will be
his. The Lord gave to Aaron all the offerings (explained in
18:8-19) for him and anyone that is clean in his family to eat, and they
must eat it in the holy place.
LEVITES IN THE BIBLE LESSON WITH THE LEVITES IN THE BIBLE EXPLANATION AND
THE LEVITES IN THE BIBLE SUMMARY
Then the Lord told Aaron, You won't
inherit any part of the Promised Land, or any part of what the children of
Israel possess, I am your part and your inheritance. I have given the
children of Levi 1/10 in Israel for their share, for their service. And the
children of Israel from now on can't come near the tabernacle of the
congregation in case they have sinned, or they'll die. But the Levites will
do the service of the tabernacle and they'll carry their sins. It will be
this way for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of
Israel, the tribe of Levi has no inheritance. The tithes of the children of
Israel which they offer as an heave offering to the Lord, I have given to
the Levites to inherit, so I say, they'll have no share in the Promised
This is quite an interesting
thing. We've talked about tithing before and in today's world, things are
much different now than in those biblical times. It can get kinda confusing
if you don't look at it from different perspectives. Remember, these laws
were for the Israelites in the Old Testament. Don't forget also, these
people were all in the same boat, so to speak. They didn't have "income."
They weren't richer or poorer than anyone else. Their standard of living
was pretty much equal. One tent wasn't much more luxurious or elaborate
than the next family's. None of them had a little "nest egg" for a nice
little starter home once they got to the Promised Land. They weren't
taxed. They were all kin, and God was providing everything for them.
Notice that none of these tithes are money offerings. Money was used,
however, when the firstborn were redeemed.
The Lord gave instructions to
Moses, saying, Tell the Levites that when you take tithes from the children
of Israel, that I've given you from them for your inheritance, then you will
offer up 1/10 of it for an heave offering for the Lord. You will also
present an heave offering to the Lord of all your tithes that you receive
from the children of Israel and give them to Aaron. Out of all your gifts
you will offer every heave offering of the best of it, the sacred part out
THE LEVITES IN THE BIBLE INFORMATION WITH THE LEVITES IN
THE BIBLE MEANING AND THE LEVITES IN THE BIBLE DISCUSSION
So, the Levites were given the
offerings of the children of Israel (which were their best gifts to God) and
the Levites offered the best of the best as their offerings to God. And
they were allowed to eat the heave offering anywhere because it was like
their wages for their service in the tabernacle of the congregation.
Because of it they carried no sin when they heaved the best of it. They
could not pollute the holy things of the children of Israel, or they would
die. In other words, the gifts that the children of Israel brought for
sacrifices, were made holy, and for the Levites to disobey any of God's
commands about them would mean death.
Well, now you're halfway through
the book of Numbers!
Chapter 19 is all about the laws of purification, so
if you would like to study what things made people unclean and how they
purified themselves, you will find it all there. When we come back, we'll
pick up at
Chapter 20 and it's a very eventful one as the children of Israel
chide Moses once again, so join us again here at Daily Bread, you won't want
to miss it!