Deuteronomy 18 talks about the service of the Levites. They were not to receive any of the land that was to be taken. Instead, “God is their inheritance”. How does that sit with you? Would you be content to serve God each day knowing that there was no inheritance that you can pass on to your family. Sure their needs were met as people brought the first fruits and sacrifices. But God has a plan to keep them focused on serving and not getting too comfortable with what they accumulate, because they aren’t going to accumulate a thing. They are to serve and do their work every day ministering to the people and their reward would come in daily as they did that. The chapter further goes on to say “be completely loyal to God”. No mixed loyalties, no spreading of time. God was the focus and He alone was to be served. We tend to let a lot of other things get in the middle of our worship today. Lots of distractions and things that cause us to lose focus. God didn’t allow it then, and He won’t allow it now either. He wants our total worship and praise.
The other key teaching here is that prophets will be raised up and be among us. God speaks His truth to people for the express purpose of helping the rest of us know what to do. Some are false, and make up things that lead people to their own selfish intents. But scripture gives us a very clear way to tell if a prophet is from God or not. Check this out: “If what the prophet spoke in God’s name doesn’t happen, then obviously God wasn’t behind it; the prophet made it up. Forget about Him”. Seems pretty common sense doesn’t it. A prophet should always speak truth and God always does what He says. So if there is a disconnect, it just shows that the person is not a prophet but parading around as one. Scripture tells us to test things to see if they are true. We need to do that particularly when someone tells us they are speaking for God or sharing God’s truth. We need to be diligent to see if it is so.