The Lord Is Our Inheritance

Wendy Blight

Day: 18 | Plan: Deuteronomy

Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 18

Deuteronomy 18:1-2 (NIV) The Levitical priests—indeed, the whole tribe of Levi—are to have no allotment or inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the food offerings presented to the LORD, for that is their inheritance. They shall have no inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the LORD is their inheritance, as he promised them.

What does it mean when Moses tells the priests, the LORD is their inheritance”?

When my grandmother passed away, I inherited her diamond heart pendant, a treasured gift from my grandfather. It was a tangible gift I could hold in my hand. I struggled to understand how the Lord could be an inheritance. But as I studied this passage more deeply, God opened my eyes to a connection with the New Testament that gave me greater understanding.

When Moses established the 12 tribes of Israel, God set apart one tribe, the Levites. First, He set them apart to do one job and one job alone—to serve Him. Within that tribe, God set apart a special class of Levites, the priests, to minister at the brazen altar. The remaining Levites engaged in specific administrative and judicial duties related to the priesthood.

God set the Levites apart in a second way. Unlike the other tribes, they had no share of the Promised Land to set down roots and call their own.

On its face, this sounds unfair. But in reality, it was a gift. It allowed the Levites to focus on their singular call to serve the One True God and His people and not get entangled with the worries of the world. The Lord, not land, was their inheritance. (Numbers 18:20) That was enough. They lived by faith in God’s promised blessing to be their share and their portion.

That promised inheritance included providing not only for their spiritual needs but also their physical needs through the other 11 tribes. This provision did not depend on the people’s generosity; it was established by law. These laws required the other tribes to share specified portions of their tithes, gifts and offerings to feed and sustain the Levites.

This same word, “inheritance,” appears in the New Testament in Ephesians 1:18: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.”

Paul teaches that just like the Old Testament priests, God has claimed us, believers in Jesus, as His inheritance. He chose us before the foundation of the world, adopted us into His family, redeemed us by the blood of Jesus, indwelled us by the power of His Holy Spirit and claimed us as His own. (Ephesians 1)

Later in the New Testament, Peter identifies believers as a priesthood. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

And just as God provided an inheritance and physical blessings for the Old Testament priesthood, He provides an inheritance and blessings for us as well. Ours are spiritual blessings.

Spend a few moments reading through and thanking God for these spiritual blessings … the riches of our inheritance.

We are …

Loved (Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 1:4)

Forgiven (Psalm 103:3)

Redeemed (Galatians 3:13)

A new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Holy (Hebrews 10:10)

Set apart (Jeremiah 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:21)

Created with a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11)

God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10)

A temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20)

Prayer: Father, I stand amazed that the ministry of the Old Testament priesthood points to the New Testament priesthood. You had a plan before time began and brought it to fruition. Thank You that we are Your inheritance. And thank You for so generously providing for spiritual blessings for us as well. Help us to walk confidently in these blessings, believing them, trusting in them and claiming them as ours. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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