THE BOOK OF NIMBERS
CHAPTERS 18 & 19
LEVITES IN THE BIBLE
TRIBE OF LEVITES BIBLE STORY
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CHAPTER 18 AND 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 them.
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
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
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 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
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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