At first, it would seem that Aaron and his sons were being unfairly treated, receiving less than their share of what God offered all the other tribes of Israel. But actually, because they were serving God first and giving their lives to care for the community, they were given much more. God said that He would be their portion and inheritance.
You see God was leading this Israelite community to a promised land... a great inheritance. And once they arrived, the land was to be portioned and assigned to them in territories according to the needs of each tribe. But Aaron and his lineage of Levites would have no such land of their own.
In this way, God was endeavoring to keep them from being distracted in their work. He was freeing them from what might entangle them in the affairs of common men. They wouldn't spend their time in the fields and vineyards, begin influenced by others, but rather would be set apart and secluded to keep their minds set on higher things.
And God promised to be their portion and inheritance. He was to give them a greater sense of Himself, a greater awareness with wisdom of His nature, His character, and His grace. They were to be satisfied in Him as their portion.
What a great promise, since God is everlasting, always faithful and inexhaustible in power. This is much better than land and material wealth which will need work and still be subject to decay.
We too have this inheritance, as we are considered His priests in this age of grace.
Coming to Him, a living stone...
rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God...
you yourselves, as living stones,
are being built into a spiritual house
for a holy priesthood
to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:4-5
And as such, God is also our portion and inheritance... intended to satisfy us fully and help us set our mind on higher things, rather than those of this world which are subject to decay.
Who do I have in heaven but You?
And I desire nothing on earth but You.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart,
my portion forever.
Let us not count, nor compare the worldly wealth we may be lacking. Rather let us live fully in the knowledge that God is our satisfying portion... our inheritance of inexhaustible riches and power.
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