devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2320
Num 18:8 Then Yahveh spoke to Aaron, “notice, I have given you charge of the contributions made to me, all the consecrated things of the people of Israel. I have given them to you as a portion and to your sons as a permanent due.
Num 18:9 This will be yours of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every offering of theirs, every tribute offering of theirs and every mistake offering of theirs and every reparation offering of theirs, which they render to me, will be most holy to you and to your sons.
Num 18:10 In a most holy place will you eat it. Every male may eat it; it is holy to you.
Num 18:11 This also is yours: the contribution of their gift, all the presentation offerings of the people of Israel. I have given them to you, and to your sons and daughters with you, as a permanent due. Everyone who is pure in your house may eat it.
Num 18:12 All the best of the oil and all the best of the wine and of the grain, the firstfruits of what they give to Yahveh, I give to you.
Num 18:13 The first ripe fruits of all that is in their land, which they bring to Yahveh, will be yours. Everyone who is pure in your house may eat it.
Num 18:14 Every devoted thing in Israel will be yours.
Num 18:15 Everything that opens the uterus of all flesh, whether man or animal, which they offer to Yahveh, will be yours. Nevertheless, the firstborn human you will redeem, and the firstborn of contaminated animals you will redeem.
Num 18:16 And their redemption price (at a month old you will redeem them) you will fix at five shekels in silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.
Num 18:17 But the firstborn of a cow, or the firstborn of a sheep, or the firstborn of a goat, you will not redeem; they are holy. You will spritz their blood on the altar and will burn their fat as a fire offering, with a soothing aroma to Yahveh.
Num 18:18 But their flesh will be yours, as the breast that is waved and as the right thigh are yours.
Num 18:19 All the holy contributions that the people of Israel present to Yahveh I give to you, and to your sons and daughters with you, as a permanent due. It is a covenant of salt forever in the sight of Yahveh for you and for your offspring with you.”
Num 18:20 And Yahveh said to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, neither will you have any portion among them. I am your portion and your inheritance among the people of Israel.
all the best
When the land would be allocated to the tribes after acquired, the priests, the sons of Aaron — would not be given a portion. Yahveh himself is their portion. All the best of the offerings given to Yahveh would be at the disposal of the priests. The proceeds from the redemption of all the firstborn would be given to the priests, and everything would be redeemed except for the sacrifice animals. The priests would eat the meat of those animals which were sacrificed. Theirs was a special calling, which came with limitations, but also involved special blessing.
LORD, give us the insight to regard our ministry for you as a blessing, and to appreciate it.