Deuteronomy 18

Deuteronomy 18 has Moses reminding the people about the role of the priests.  “The Leviticus priests, all the tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel”.  There was an entire tribe that God set aside to be His priests for the people.  They didn’t participate in the same way as the rest of God’s people when it came to having things of their own.  They weren’t going to inherit land when they crossed the Jordan either to go into the Promised Land.  God kept them free from that distraction so they could focus on serving the people and following Him.

There has to be a lesson here for us.  We tend to think that blessing is related to how much stuff we have.  How much wealth is in the bank.  How much property we own or control.  How much power we have over those around us.  How many cars we have in the garage or driveway.  But it is obvious that in God’s economy, none of that matters.  In fact, He made it clear that those who were to serve in His name and be closest to Him were to have none of that.  The thing they did have is that “the Lord your God has chosen” them.  They are appointed by God to serve Him and Him alone!

Is that fair?  Seems like a punishment when we look at it from the world’s perspective doesn’t it?  God alone was to be their portion.  That is how it should be for us too.  We should be content with what God provides.  The priests were fed and provided for by what the people brought as a sacrifice and tithe.  If the people didn’t obey God’s commands, these poor guys go hungry.  They were completely dependent on God’s people for their support and life.  We need to remember that those who serve us as priests and ministers today are also depending on us to care for them.

Our job is to walk well with God and care for those He has put in a place of helping us walk well with Him.  “You shall be blameless before the Lord your God”.  God holds us to a high standard.  We need to be in a church that preaches the truth and holds us accountable to walk in God’s ways.  That is important.  We also need to be sure we are under the teaching of one who hears from God.  “When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously”.  Truth matters, and we need to be sure that God’s Word is what is entering our heart and guiding us in our walk with Christ.

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