Our teaching will return to The Book of Deuteronomy from Deuteronomy 18.1-8.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, THE PRIESTS AND THE LEVITES ARE COMMANDED BY GOD TO TEACH TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES, TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
And with that said, let’s read Deuteronomy 18.1-8.
DEUTERONOMY 18.1-4 THE PRIESTS, THE LEVITES, AND ALL THE TRIBE OF LEVI SHALL HAVE NO PART NOR INHERITANCE WITH ISRAEL.
First of all, not all Levites are Priests, but all Priests are Levites. Priests must be males who descend from Aaron, The first High Priest. And The Priesthood is active only when there is a Temple standing in Jerusalem. But inactive when there is no Temple in Jerusalem.
The Priests served The LORD in The Tabernacle and The First and Second Temples. No other person was allowed in The Sanctuary but The Priests.
However Moses spent a great amount of time in The Tabernacle in the desert because GOD met with him and spoke with Moses Face to face from above The Cover of The Ark from between the two cherubim which were upon The Ark of The Covenant of everything GOD gave Moses in Commandment to The Children of Israel.
And as GOD’S Witnesses, all that GOD Spoke to Moses, and The Children of Israel that is Written in The Law of Moses in the first five Books of The Bible is for all the world to obey and live by.
EXODUS 25.21-22, ISAIAH 43.10, LUKE 16.17
However today, without a Temple in Jerusalem, the sacrificial system and The Priesthood have temporarily ended until The Temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem.
The Priests minister to The LORD in The Sanctuary and Teach The Jewish People Torah, The Law of Moses. While The Levites attended to all the furniture and vessels in The Tabernacle and Temples and taught The People Torah, The Law of Moses when GOD brought The Jewish People into The Promised Land Canaan that became The Land of Israel.
EXODUS 28.1, 42-43, EXODUS 29.9, EXODUS 40.13, LEVITICUS 17.1-9, DEUTERONOMY 10.8
What does GOD mean when He says, The Tribe of Levi shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel? The LORD is their inheritance.
It means that The Levites did not inherit any land in Israel as the other Tribes did when Joshua led The Children of Israel into Canaan some 3,400 years ago that The LORD gave to The Jewish People for an everlasting Possession.
The inheritance The Levites received from GOD was The Priesthood forever.
The Levites who were not Priests were assigned to the other Tribes throughout Israel to serve GOD, and Teach The People Torah, The Law of Moses. And they served as Judges.
And they were given land for themselves and their families in all The Tribes throughout Israel where they Served GOD and Taught The People.
And GOD required all the Tribes of Israel to provide The Levites with their every need by giving them tithes; Ten percent of their crops and their farm animals.
While the bulk of their food came from the daily sacrifices made to The LORD. And those animals were perfect, without blemish.
NUMBERS 18.1-32, GENESIS 17.8, JOSHUA 13.14
And it must be noted that The Levites devoted their lives to GOD.
Let’s look at some Scriptures where GOD appointed The Priests and The Levites to Teach The Jewish People throughout Israel, Torah, that is The Law of Moses, and GOD’S Judgments, and Statutes. GOD’S Statutes are GOD’S Laws, Commandments, Festivals, and Sabbaths.
LEVITICUS 10.8-11, DEUTERONOMY 33.1, 8-10, 2 CHRONICLES 17.1, 7-9, 2 CHRONICLES 35.1-3, EZRA 7.1-10, NEHEMIAH 8.1-9
LET’S LOOK AT EZEKIEL 44.1-2.
THESE WORDS ARE SO VERY IMPORTANT FOR ALL JUDAISM BECAUSE THEY CONCERN OUR JEWISH MESSIAH YESHUA AND THE FUTURE MESSIANIC KINGDOM IN ISRAEL WHEN OUR MESSIAH, THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL RETURNS FROM HEAVEN. EZEKIEL 44.1-2
THE EASTERN GATE IN THE OUTWARD SANCTUARY THAT IS SHUT TODAY AND NOT OPENED, AND NO MAN SHALL ENTER INTO IT, THE LORD SAYS, BECAUSE THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL ENTERED IN BY IT. THEREFORE IT IS SHUT.
THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL WHO ENTERED INTO THAT GATE, THE EASTERN GATE 2,000 YEARS AGO WAS OUR MESSIAH YESHUA WHO IS THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL.
Back to our study about The Levites. The Priests and not The Levites will Teach The People in The 1,000 year Messianic Kingdom on earth in Israel because The Levites, at some time in the past, went astray after idols. But GOD will allow The Levites to be ministers, serving GOD by having charge of The Gates of The Temple. And they will kill the burnt offerings and the sacrifice for The People.
EZEKIEL 44.10-16, 23-24
DEUTERONOMY 18.5 FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD HAS CHOSEN HIM (LEVI) OUT OF ALL YOUR TRIBES TO STAND TO MINISTER IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, HIM AND HIS SONS FOREVER.
After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. / A.D., and I do not know the exact year or time in Jewish history, Rabbis, on their own authority and not GOD’S authority, replaced The Levites as the official Torah Teachers to The Jewish People.
According to The Oxford Edition of The Jewish Religion, virtually all religious functions and privileges, including tithes were removed from The Levites, and authority was given to The Rabbis who were students of Talmud, the oral law.
However, and these are my words, GOD appointed The Levites to Teach Torah, The Law of Moses to The Jewish People.
Let’s spend a moment or two on the fact that GOD appointed The Levites to Teach The Law of Moses to The Jewish People. Talmud is never taught in Torah. But it is Torah that The LORD requires to be taught to His People.
Let’s move on from the Rabbis because The Rabbis are The Religious Leaders of Judaism today.
GOD requires Torah to be taught to The Jewish People because GOD says to The Jewish People in Torah, For you are a Holy People unto The LORD Your GOD. The LORD Your GOD has Chosen you to be a Special People unto Himself above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
The LORD did not set His Love upon You, nor choose You because You were more in number than any people, for You were the fewest of all people.
But because The LORD Loved You, and because He would keep the Oath which He had Sworn unto Your fathers has The LORD brought you out with a Mighty Hand, and Redeemed You out of the house of bondmen from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Know therefore that The LORD Your GOD, He is GOD, The Faithful GOD Who Keeps Covenant and Mercy with Them that Love Him and Keep His Commandments to a thousand generations. That is forever.
And repays them that hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack to them that hate Him. He will repay them to their face.
You shall therefore Keep The Commandments and The Statutes, and The Judgments which I Command You this day to do them. DEUTERONOMY 7.6-11
TO BE HOLY UNTO THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SPECIAL UNTO HIMSELF ABOVE ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH, YOU MUST LIVE YOUR LIFE ACCORDING TO TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES THAT HAS GOD’S LAWS, TEACHINGS, INSTRUCTIONS AND COMMANDMENTS WRITTEN IN IT. AND BY EVERY WORD THAT GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE FROM GENESIS THROUGH REVELATION, HAVING FAITH IN MESSIAH YESHUA FOR YOUR ATONEMENT. THAT IS BEING A HOLY PERSON UNTO THE LORD YOUR GOD WHETHER YOU ARE JEWISH OR NOT.
DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4
GOD’S Torah, His Law of Moses that never changes or ends is The Spoken Word of GOD, and The Foundation of Truth that must be Obeyed by all mankind.
Read about the necessity of obeying GOD in the event with satan the snake and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2.16-17 and Genesis Chapter 3. Adam and Eve were not Jewish. They were Gentiles.
How can someone read The Bible, and for some to teach from The Bible, and believe the foolishness that Jesus abolished The Law of Moses, and supplanted The Old Testament? Don’t they realize that that teaching is hating GOD by rejecting every Word GOD Speaks in His Law of Moses, and Rejecting The Words that GOD Speaks in The Bible?
DEUTERONOMY 7.9-10, HEBREWS 12.25
However GOD will Bless Those Who Bless The Jewish People and Israel. That is also Salvation.
GENESIS 12.3, MATTHEW 25.31-46
DEUTERONOMY 18.6-8 AND IF A LEVITE COMES FROM ANY OF YOUR GATES OUT OF ALL ISRAEL WHERE HE SOJOURNED, AND COMES WITH ALL THE DESIRE OF HIS MIND TO THE PLACE WHICH THE LORD SHALL CHOOSE, THEN HE SHALL MINISTER IN THE NAME OF THE LORD HIS GOD AS ALL HIS BRETHREN THE LEVITES DO WHICH STAND THERE BEFORE THE LORD. THEY SHALL HAVE LIKE PORTIONS TO EAT IN ADDITION TO WHAT HE MAY RECEIVE FROM THE SALE OF HIS INHERITANCE THAT HE RECEIVED FROM HIS ANCESTORS.
LET’S READ HEBREWS 11.13-16.
THESE ALL DIED IN FAITH, AND CONFESSED THAT THEY WERE STRANGERS AND PILGRIMS ON THE EARTH BUT DESIRE A BETTER COUNTRY. THAT COUNTRY IS HEAVEN.
PILGRIMS ARE RESIDENT FOREIGNERS.
HEBREWS 11, AS YOU KNOW, IS THE FAITH CHAPTER. FAITH IN GOD IS BELIEVING GOD AND OBEYING HIM, AND HAVING FAITH IN THE LORD. OUR FAITH TODAY IS BELIEVING GOD BY OBEYING EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE INCLUDING THE LAW OF MOSES, AND HAVING FAITH IN THE LORD, AND HAVING FAITH IN MESSIAH YESHUA WHO IS THE LORD FOR OUR ATONEMENT.
THOSE WRITTEN IN THIS CHAPTER WHO DIED IN FAITH OBEYING EVERY WORD GOD SPOKE WERE ABEL, ENOCH, NOAH (NON JEWS), ABRAHAM, SARAH, ISAAC, JACOB, JOSEPH, THE PARENTS OF MOSES, AND YEARS LATER MOSES HIMSELF, AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WHO BY FAITH PASSED THROUGH THE RED SEA ON DRY LAND, AND BY FAITH, THOSE WHO WALKED AROUND THE WALLS OF JERICHO THAT FELL DOWN, AND THE HARLOT RAHAB, AND GIDEON, AND BARAK, SAMSON, JEPHTHAH, DAVID, SAMUEL, THE PROPHETS, THE WOMEN WHO RECEIVED THEIR DEAD RAISED TO LIFE AGAIN, ALL OF WHOM THE WORLD WAS NOT WORTHY.
ALL THESE HAVING OBTAINED A GOOD WITNESS THROUGH FAITH RECEIVED A BETTER COUNTRY. THAT BETTER COUNTRY IS HEAVEN.
GOD COMMANDED THE PRIESTS AND THE LEVITES TO TEACH TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO LEARN AND OBEY BECAUSE GOD CHOSE THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO BE A HOLY PEOPLE UNTO HIMSELF, AND A SPECIAL PEOPLE ABOVE ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH, AND BECAUSE GOD LOVES HIS JEWISH PEOPLE. AND GOD CHOSE THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO BE HIS WITNESSES TO KNOW, BELIEVE, AND UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS GOD AND THERE IS NO OTHER GOD BUT HIM.
THEREFORE FOR YOU TO BE HOLY UNTO THE LORD YOUR GOD, WHETHER YOU ARE JEWISH OR NOT, AND SPECIAL TO THE LORD ABOVE ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH, AND LOVED BY GOD, AND TO BE A TRUE WITNESS FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD, THE LORD COMMANDS YOU TO OBEY HIS TORAH, HIS LAW OF MOSES, AND EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE, AND HAVE ATONEMENT THROUGH FAITH IN THE JEWISH MESSIAH YESHUA. THEN YOU WILL BE HOLY TO THE LORD, SPECIAL ABOVE ALL PEOPLE, AND LOVED BY GOD. AND YOU WILL INHERIT THAT HEAVENLY COUNTRY THAT IS HEAVEN.
THAT IS THE GOSPEL, THE GOOD NEWS.
LEVITICUS 17.11, DEUTERONOMY 7.6-11, ISAIAH 43.10, ISAIAH 53.10, LUKE 8.21, REVELATION 21 & 22