The Fourth Book of Moses Called Numbers
Chapter 18 & 19
Levites in the Bible Stories
Tribe of Levites Bible Events
Greetings to you from Daily Bread. We're always happy to have you
join us for our Daily Bread Bible Study. Last time, we studied the
story about how the Lord made Aaron's rod to bud as to show His
people that the Levites were the chosen tribe to minister as a
priesthood to the Lord.
As we pick up at Chapter
18, the Lord speaks to Aaron and explains the responsibilities
that go along with the priesthood. Although the entire tribe of Levi
was appointed the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, only
Aaron and his sons were allowed to minister before the tabernacle of
witness. His sons were to minister according to Aaron's instructions
and they weren't allowed to come near the vessels of the sanctuary
and the altar or they all would die, and no stranger was to come near
The Lord told Aaron, This is so that there will 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 Numbers
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
Tribe of Levites Bible Priests
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 Land.
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.
Levites in the Bible Concerns
Tribe of Levites Bible Instructions
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
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 of it.
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.
Levites in the Bible Summary
Tribe of Levites Bible Conclusion
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!
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