Lev 10:12 Moses spoke to Aaron and to Eleazar and Ithamar, his surviving sons: “Take the tribute offering that is left of Yahveh’s fire offerings, and eat it unleavened beside the altar, because it is most holy.
Lev 10:13 You will eat it in a holy place, because it is your prescription and your sons’ prescription, from Yahveh’s fire offerings, because so I am commanded.
Lev 10:14 But the breast that is waved and the thigh that is contributed you will eat in a pure place, you and your sons and your daughters with you, because they are given as your prescription and your sons’ prescription from the sacrifices for healthy relationships of the people of Israel.
Lev 10:15 The thigh that is contributed and the breast that is waved they will bring with the fire offerings of the fat pieces to wave for a wave offering in Yahveh’s sight, and it will be yours and your sons’ with you as a permanent prescription, as Yahveh has commanded.”
representing the King
In the ancient near east, the tribute offerings that the pagans gave were to their kings, and the images represented the king. The fact that under the Mosaic law, the priests were to eat a portion of the tribute offering — meant that they served as living images, representatives of the king. So, the priests were to be treated as nobility. Since the King under the Mosaic law was God himself, the tribute offerings offered at the tabernacle took on religious, as well as royal significance.
Under the new covenant, instituted by Christ himself, believers are all priests. We represent our coming King, and proclaim his coming kingdom. We may not always be treated as royalty during this age of rebellion against our King, but our position is secure, and the benefits of our position await his return.
LORD, make us faithful representatives of our coming King.