Numbers 18* The charge of the priests and Levites. (1-7) The priests'portion. (8-19) The Levites' portion. (20-32)1-7 The people complained of their difficulty and peril indrawing near to God. God here gives them to understand, that thepriests should come near for them. Aaron would see reason not tobe proud of his preferment, when he considered the great careand charge upon him. Be not high-minded, but fear. The greaterthe trust of work and power that is committed to us, the greaterdanger there is of betraying that trust. This is a good reasonwhy we should neither envy others' honours, nor desire highplaces. 8-19 All believers are spiritual priests, and God has promisedto take care of them. Godliness has the promise of the life thatnow is. And from the provision here made for the priests, theapostle shows that it is the duty of christian churches tomaintain their ministers. Scandalous maintenance makesscandalous ministers. The priests were to be wholly devoted totheir ministry, not diverted from it, or disturbed in it, byworldly care or business. Also, that they might be examples ofliving by faith, not only in God's providence, but in hisordinances. The best should be offered for the first-fruits untothe Lord. Those who think to save, by putting God off with therefuse, deceive themselves, for God is not mocked. 20-32 As Israel was a people not to be numbered among thenations, so Levi was a tribe to be distinguished from the rest.Those who have God for their Inheritance and their Portion forever, ought to look with holy contempt and indifference upon thepossessions of this world. The Levites were to give God his duesout of their tithes, as well as the Israelites out of theirincrease. See, in ver. #31|, the way to have comfort in all ourworldly possessions, so as to bear no sin by reason of them. 1.We must be sure that what we have is got honestly and in theservice of God. That meat is best eaten which is first earned;but if any will not work, neither shall he eat, #2Th 3:10|. 2.We must be sure that God has his dues out of it. We have thecomfort of our substance, when we have honoured the Lord withit. Ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, when ye have heavedthe best from it. We should give alms of such things as we have,that all may be holy and comfortable to us.
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