called to serve elsewhere

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called to serve elsewhere

Deuteronomy 18:1-8 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 18:1 “The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, will have no portion or inheritance with Israel. They will eat Yahveh’s fire offerings;1 that is their inheritance.

Deuteronomy 18:2 Although Levi has no inheritance among his brothers, Yahveh is his inheritance, as he promised him.

Deuteronomy 18:3 This is what the priests legally deserve from the people who offer a sacrifice, whether it is an ox, a sheep, or a goat; the priests are to be given the shoulder, jaws, and stomach.

Deuteronomy 18:4 You are to give him the first of your grain, new wine, and fresh oil, and the first sheared wool of your flock.

Deuteronomy 18:5 You see, Yahveh your God has chosen him and his sons from all your tribes to stand and assist in his name from now on.

Deuteronomy 18:6 When a Levite leaves one of your towns in Israel where he was a guest2 and wants to go to the place Yahveh chooses,

Deuteronomy 18:7 he may assist in the name of Yahveh his God like all his fellow Levites who stand there in the presence of Yahveh.

Deuteronomy 18:8 They will eat equal portions besides what he has received from the sale of the family estate.

called to serve elsewhere

Whether the Levites stayed in the communities they were born into, or traveled to Jerusalem to serve there, these special citizens were set apart for serving the LORD. It was only right for this group who gave their lives for God to assist others in their worship should be provided for by the general population.

There are those in Christian communities who will also feel the call to serve elsewhere. Our support of these missionaries is an extension of our own call to serve God by discipling the nations. May we be as generous as we can toward them.

Lord, thank you for those who serve you among us, and for those called from among us to serve you elsewhere.

1אִשֶּׁה

2גּור

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary and a candidate for pastoral ministry. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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