While this may seem to be a foreign concept to some, this concept is found in none other than the foundational Scriptures. Consider the children of Israel who were brought out of Egypt and led to Mt. Sinai. While collectively this group of people were called the “children of Israel”, the “children of Israel” were comprised of thirteen tribes who descended from the sons of Israel (referring to the man who was formerly known as Jacob) along with a mixed multitude of people who went up with them (Exo 12:38). יהוה instructed and led the children of Israel through Moses and Aaron. יהוה spoke to Moses and gave Moses directions and instructions, and Moses spoke and relayed יהוה’s directions and instructions to Aaron; Aaron, in turn, spoke and relayed יהוה’s directions and instructions to the children of Israel. Aaron served as the mouthpiece, and Moses served as “God” (H430-Elohim, Magistrate) to Aaron.
- Moses, the high priest Aaron and those born of Aaron’s seed
- the Levites (other than Moses, Aaron and those born of Aaron’s seed)
- the remaining 12 tribes of Israel (along with the mixed multitude of peoples that came out of Egypt with them)
The Levites, the high priest Aaron and those born of Aaron’s seed were assigned special duties. The high priest Aaron and those born of Aaron’s seed ministered unto יהוה; they were ministers of reconciliation who made reconciliation (atonement) for the people’s sins so that their sins were forgiven (Lev 1-6). They bore the iniquity connected with the sanctuary and with the priesthood. They offered the offerings to יהוה and guarded the altar, the sanctuary and its furnishings. The remaining Levites (who were not born of Aaron’s seed) were given as a gift to the high priest Aaron and his sons and assisted them in their service; in addition to carrying the parts of the tabernacle on the journey, the Levites guarded the high priest Aaron and those born of Aaron’s seed as well as the tent of meeting (Num 18). While the Levites, the high priest Aaron and those born of Aaron’s seed were assigned special duties, they did not receive a land inheritance. What, then, was their inheritance?
What about the high priest Aaron and those born of Aaron’s seed? They did not receive land as an inheritance. They did not receive cities to dwell in. What did they receive as an inheritance? The high priest Aaron and those born of Aaron’s seed received יהוה as their portion and their inheritance! The high priest Aaron and those born of Aaron’s seed ministered unto יהוה. They were the only ones who could enter the sanctuary, eat the food from יהוה’s table (aka table of shewbread) and eat the holy portions of the offerings. And contrary to most depictions of the earthly priesthood, the high priest Aaron and those born of Aaron’s seed were the only ones given special priestly garments. (The Levites not born of Aaron's seed did not receive special garments; they were instructed to wash their clothes Num 8:7) The high priest Aaron and those born of Aaron’s seed did not have to worry about what they would eat or what they would wear. Of all the children of Israel, they had the greatest duties and responsibilities and were servants of all.
Considering the different inheritances, which would be considered the greatest inheritance?
- the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
- the tithe and cities to dwell in and pastureland for cattle and livestock
How does this apply to us today? The tabernacle in the wilderness along with its furnishings, the high priest Aaron and those born of Aaron’s seed and the Levites serve as a tutor to teach us of what is to come. Just as יהוה spoke to the children of Israel through Moses and Aaron in the covenant that He made with the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai (the covenant they broke), in the new covenant that יהוה will make with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, יהוה speaks to His people through the Righteous Branch and His Spirit. Just as Moses served as mediator of the covenant that יהוה made with the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai (the covenant they broke), the Righteous Branch serves as mediator of the new covenant that יהוה will make with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. These things of which Moses wrote testify of the Righteous Branch and the government that he will establish on the earth:
Have you ever pondered the following:
- If no Levitical priests existed at the time of Abraham, then who made reconciliation/atonement for Abraham’s sins?
- If no Levitical priests existed at the time of Isaac and Jacob, then who made reconciliation/atonement for their sins?
- What about Noah? Who made reconciliation/atonement for his sins?
- they could not drink wine or strong drink when they were ministering
- they could not go near a dead body except for their closest relatives
- they could not marry a prostitute or a defiled woman or a divorced woman (Lev 10, Lev 21)
Additionally, we learn through the earthly tutor that those who are chosen to serve as judges were also held to higher standards. In the kingdom of יהוה, the characteristics of men chosen for the office of judge (king, magistrate) included:
- “able men" (meaning virtuous men - referring to men who are morally good, men who abide by the moral law)
- "men who fear God"
- men "who are trustworthy"
- men "who hate a bribe" (Exo 18:21)
As ministers of reconciliation and judges in the order of Melchizedek, those who abide in the Righteous Branch will not receive a land inheritance. They will receive an inheritance that is greater than the land… for יהוה will be their inheritance! This was the invitation that Messiah was extending to the rich young ruler… to give up his earthly inheritance for an inheritance that is greater than the land… and to rule and reign with the Righteous Branch in the perpetual order of Melchizedek at the restoration of all things. Many today (especially in the Hebrew Roots movement) have their eyes fixed on inheriting the land. And just like the children of Israel in the wilderness, many today cannot comprehend the greater principles and the greater inheritance because of their hardened hearts, stubbornness and rebellion. Seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear.
Do you have your eyes and mind set on inheriting the land? Or do you accept the Righteous Branch’s invitation to give up everything and follow him… and receive an inheritance that is greater than the land?