Numbers 18 Commentary

Numbers 18 Commentary

Probably because of recent events, Korah’s rebellion, the LORD repeats the roles of the priests and the Levites concerning the sanctuary. The Levites will take care of the entire Sanctuary but the core components of the sanctuary are reserved for Aaron and his sons.

We see layers of responsibility. For any violations in the inner chambers, Aaron is to bear responsibility. These rules are needed as the LORD is determined to ensure that the unfortunate events of Korah’s rebellion and the subsequent deaths are not repeated.

We can clearly see the reason for the law. While traffic rules are meant to encourage order on our roads, the law here serves a very different purpose. Finally it is the only reason the saint should have for keeping the law. The LORD doesn’t want people to die. Sin brings death. The law is meant to prevent death. In his letter to the Romans the Apostle Paul states: “for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Looking at how easily the LORD pronounces the death sentence for just about every sin, we easily understand what Paul meant. The law is repeated endlessly in these pages to ensure that people don’t die. Who can claim that the Holy Spirit doesn’t warn them each time they sin?

Then we have details of gifts from the LORD to Aaron as he works in and around the sanctuary. The main point we easily see is that the LORD is sharing with Aaron. The LORD’S portion is burnt while Aaron’s portion is consumed by Aaron and his sons. The gifts of the LORD are holy. It points to the generosity of the LORD.

The Lord said to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites.
Numbers 18 verse 20.

The saint today may draw on this statement to think of material possessions as less important compared with his or her relationship with the LORD. He is our portion – our everything. With this thought you can go on and have property but you will know its place in your life.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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