Pastoral Commentary for Numbers 18
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
Following this terrible rebellion, God reaffirmed the status of the Priests and Levites, with a warning that they would bear responsibility for any iniquity against the Tabernacle, reassuring His people that they would not all die. The Levites would keep guard over the tent of meeting so that the wrath of God would not come upon the people again. Because God had assigned these sacred duties to them, the Priests and the Levites were dependent on God for their livelihood. God assigned to them whatever was kept from the various offerings made at the Tabernacle to be consumed by them and their families. In return for their service to the Lord, the Levites were to receive the portion of the tithes not dedicated to the Lord. Thus God provided for His servants. Instead of an allotment of land for the Priests and Levites, the Lord Himself was to be their share or allotment. In the New Testament Peter says of all believers, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God" (1 Peter 2:9). As priests of God, truly the Lord Himself should be our portion, our share in life, more precious to us than anything on earth.