Deuteronomy 18 – The Lord is My Portion

What is your portion or inheritance? Many grasp for wealth and lands and other property; so how is it with your soul? The Lord commanded concerning the Levites, those set aside for the service of the Lord:

“The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance. Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.” (vs. 1-2)

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Was that simply a promise for the Levites of old? How saith David, “The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance,” when David was the stock of Judah? But Scripture has concluded to all who have been called out of darkness: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation.” (Ps. 16:5; 2 Pet. 2:9).

The Lord is My Inheritance

What greater portion can a man have than the living God continually before and behind them, no matter in what circumstance they should find themselves? What greater blessing than to see the Lord’s hand continually at work?

But there is a command attached to Israel: “Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.” (vs. 13). In connection with this was a command not to do after the abominations of the world, and a direct reference to spiritualism including witchcraft, fortune telling, or all of the like. But Scripture has concluded “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Sam. 15:23). When once set in defiance against the ways of the Lord, another power takes over; but we are called to hearken unto the lovely pattern and teachings of “that Prophet” whom the Lord raised as one of the brethren. (vs. 15; Acts 3:23).

May the Lord be your portion and inheritance,

Jeffrey Maxwell

Scripture portions taken from the King James Version. Public Domain


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