Deuteronomy – Deu 18:1-5 The Levites Have no Inheritance with Israel

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Deuteronomy – Deu 18:1-5 The Levites Have no Inheritance with Israel

[Study Aired August 21, 2020]

Deu 18:1  The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance.
Deu 18:2  Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.
Deu 18:3  And this shall be the priest’s due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep; and they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw.
Deu 18:4  The firstfruit also of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him.
Deu 18:5  For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for ever.

The LORD Jesus Christ is the Levite, although He came from the tribe of Judah. Jesus Christ is THE PRIEST, and He is the Chosen One, out of all the tribes of the earth, to minister to the Father. The elect are His sons, and we are the ones who minister to Him as the Levites ministered to the priests. Christ was not given a literal inheritance. He did not have a literal wife, literal children, literal houses or literal sheep. His inheritance is spiritual because unto Him, all things ARE SPIRITUAL, even if they are natural.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1Co 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1Co 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The mind of Christ judges all things in a spiritual manner even if they are in the natural. In other words, everything naturally has a spiritual understanding. Every word has a spiritual equivalent. A tree is not a tree, a rock is not a rock, a woman is not a woman, and a man is not a man. Everything that we see or hear naturally has a spiritual meaning.

1Co 15:35  But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
1Co 15:36  Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
1Co 15:37  And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
1Co 15:38  But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
1Co 15:39  All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
1Co 15:40  There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
1Co 15:41  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

So, the reason things were created in the natural were for the purpose of understanding God in the spiritual. We are those priests of God given to THE PRIEST of God, Jesus Christ, to minister to Him as He enters the Holy of holies within the hearts of men where God the Father dwells. In our verses today we are told that the priest’s due from the people is sheep, oxen, the first fruits of the corn, wine, oil, and fleece. What do these natural, literal meanings have to do with us today if we are to see all things spiritually? How do they all apply to us, and what are we supposed to get out of it?

The shoulder of the animal represents giving up our strength to God as the all powerful and the source of our strength. This word actually is translated power or strength – H2220.

Eze 17:9  Say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither? it shall wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without great powerH2220 or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof.

The two cheeks also have to do with power and with directing that power. This word Cheek is H3895 and is also translated jaw or jawbone, from where the horse is directed by the bridle.

Isa 30:27  Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
Isa 30:28  And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.

The next word is “maw” – H6896 and means the stomach. This is the only place this word is used in all of scripture. It is derived from H6895 which is primitive root “to scoop out”. Which makes sense because H6896 means the paunch (as a cavity) or first stomach of ruminants – maw. The stomach is where we digest things we eat, and those things become the nutrients which give our body power. Spiritually speaking this applies to what we read and take in to “chew the cud” to ponder. What do we get our energy? Is it religious garbage filled with self-righteous, self-help, self-esteem, or is it the word of God where all power, all strength, all direction comes from God. This is the sacrifice given to the Priest because in doing so we have proclaimed all power and direction comes from God the Father, and I am given the words to proclaim Him LORD of all things, people, and nations whether they know it or not. When we are given the truth and are given to understand the truth, we come to this place.

Dan 4:34  And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
Dan 4:35  And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

That last verse is the most powerful verse to me. It brings me hope, it brings me peace, it allows me to see Who my Father is, was and will be to His people. Recently I had a man cuss me with every four letter word you can speak of in a text. He was mad because I had corrected him in his idea of love and sent him this set of verses.

1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Now, fifteen minutes before I had sent him those verses, he had mass-texted everyone in his phone a short piece on how we are all to just love one another and be kind to one another. He went on to say that we shouldn’t judge those of another religion or denomination and that we can all have differences but still be Christians! Some back ground to set this up for you all is that two days before that he had called to tell me that he was marrying a woman who is a Buddhist. I asked him, “Is she going to convert to your religion, or are you going to convert to hers?” Well, he said he did not see any reason for her conversion because he thought it was fine for him to marry her without her conversion. I told him that according to his own religious beliefs he was denying his God. He said he did not think so and that’s where it ended.

Fast forward two days later when he sent me this statement on love and his Babylonian, self-willed, self-glorifying, self-feeding false doctrine of love, and I gave my response. Then, fifteen minutes after sending this message to me, for which I did not ask and with which I did not agree, he was calling me every four-lettered word in the dictionary and telling me I was a confused and misguided man. I would not have said anything to him either time, but he called me and he texted me, and to let it go would mean, silently, I agreed with his marriage doctrine and his love doctrine that was based solely on his feeding his flesh – his stomach. In our verses today, we are told to give the shoulder (strength), the cheek (jawbone), and the maw (stomach) to the priest for him to consume. This is telling us that we are to see that all strength, all guidance, all nutrients come from our God. This is showing us that we have nothing to claim as ours. Then the next verse tells us to give the first fruits of our corn, wine, oil and fleece to our Priest.

The corn means the seed of our harvest, which is from Christ.

Mat 13:37  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man.

So whatever we have harvested comes from Christ Who planted it.

The wine represents the wrath of God upon our flesh for the false doctrine that led us before He opened our eyes.

Rev 18:1  And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
Rev 18:2  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Rev 18:3  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Rev 18:5  For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Rev 18:6  Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
Rev 18:7  How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Rev 18:8  Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

The oil represents the spirit of God that has given us the truth in which we walk. The spirit of God is seen as the very source of our understanding.

Joh 14:25  These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
Joh 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Lastly the fleece, which is the wool cut from the sheep, is white, and this fleece is the type and figure of the covering we receive from Christ. It represents the righteousness of Christ covering us.

Gen 3:21  Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

The Lamb of God provides the fleece in which we are covered and arrayed. We should also take notice of the progression of what and how things were to be given to the priest. First your strength, then your guidance, and then your desires. From there we proceed to the seed we are, the judgment we go through in this life and the spirit that is given us to recognize the covering we are given by Christ. First the process of judgment on our flesh by giving up all that we think we are to the receiving of the blessings of God.

Deu 18:5  For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for ever.

Christ has been chosen by God the Father to stand in our place to make intercession for us. He and He alone is the perfect Lamb of God who is able to cover us in His fleece. This takes us back to the story I told you of my friend who cussed me. He was not cursing me, as I first took it, he was cursing Christ and the fleece which I was wearing. As we all do, he hates to give up control, hates to admit that we are powerless, we are slaves, we are in subjection to the will of God whether we know it or not. My friend is lost in the world of Babylon and is clothed with her purple and scarlet-colored garments; purple from the wounds he does not know he has, and scarlet from the judgment under which he is sitting and does not realize it.

Rev 17:3  So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
Rev 17:6  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

All hate Christ and God from birth. We all hate to give up total control and is why we all are given over to Babylon to form our own set of doctrines which suit us best for how we want to have the power over our own lives. We really never have that power, but we are given over to a false doctrine to reserve us for the lake of fire where we will be cleansed by going through it, or we are judged in this life by the fiery judgment of God’s word. We either give the shoulder, the cheek, the maw, the corn, the wine, the oil and the fleece over in this life, or we will give it to the Priest in the next. May God grant us the strength to give it up in this life and be found worthy to escape the fire to come. Christ is our High Priest, and we are Christ’s sons. Our inheritance is God, our life is for sacrifice, our life is to be a witness to the world no matter the cost. To be cursed, to be ridiculed, to be despised by the very people who you thought were the closet to you is what we will get when we are placed in a position to stand on the truth. We are not to go looking for it, but if it comes to us we stand, and again I say stand.

Exo 14:13  And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
Exo 14:14  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Jer 15:19  Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.
Jer 15:20  And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the LORD.
Jer 15:21  And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.

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