Numbers 18: The Inheritance of God
Numbers chapter 18 made me think a little bit about the nature of possessions. Basically, this situation involves God speaking to Aaron about the Levites. He is outlining all of the rights and responsibilities of being the tribe of priests, but one particular thing stood out to me.
Num 18:20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.
I think it is particularly interesting in this situation that this is very similar language to what we see in the New Testament. Because we are believers in Jesus, we also have an inheritance in heaven.
1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Essentially, we have hope of living with God forever because of the resurrection of Jesus. In fact, God Himself is our inheritance on some level.
The reason I am jumping to that conclusion is because, without faith in Jesus as well as His mercy, we would spend eternity separated from Him. Consequently, if we do know Him, our inheritance is spending eternity with Him. That is how I drew that conclusion.
Think about the implications of this though. The Israelites needed to have a specific tribe that had God as their inheritance. Now, we are allowed to directly approach Jesus Christ who acts as our mediator. It is an amazing privilege.