Priests and Levites. Child sacrifice is forbidden. Occult practices are forbidden. The future prophet.
VERSE 1. The priests and the Levites—all the tribe of Levi—shall have no portion nor inheritance with Israel. They shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire and his portion.
The priests and the Levites. Are these separate groups?
eat the offerings of the LORD. The people were required to bring offerings to the priests and Levite.
The priests and Levites ate the offerings.
VERSE 2. They shall have no inheritance among their brothers. The LORD is their inheritance, as he has spoken to them.
VERSE 3. This shall be the priests’ due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep, that they shall give to the priest: the shoulder, the two cheeks, and the inner parts.
they shall give to the priest. The priests benefitted from people’s offerings to the LORD God.
VERSE 4. You shall give him the first fruits of your grain, of your new wine, and of your oil, and the first of the fleece of your sheep.
VERSE 5. For the LORD your God has chosen him out of all your tribes to stand to minister in the LORD’s name, him and his sons forever.
VERSE 6. If a Levite comes from any of your gates out of all Israel where he lives, and comes with all the desire of his soul to the place which the LORD shall choose,
the place which the LORD shall choose. Much later, this place will be identified as Jerusalem.
VERSE 7. then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brothers the Levites do, who stand there before the LORD.
VERSE 8. They shall have like portions to eat, in addition to that which comes from the sale of his family possessions.
VERSE 9. When you have come into the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the abominations of those nations.
VERSE 10. There shall not be found with you anyone who makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who tells fortunes, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer,
makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire. That is, anyone who kills their own child as a religious sacrifice.
VERSE 11. or a charmer, or someone who consults with a familiar spirit, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
VERSE 12. For whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. Because of these abominations, the LORD your God drives them out from before you.
an abomination to the LORD. The LORD God will destroy the inhabitants of the land. That is because they killed their own children as religious sacrifices.
King James Version. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
Matthew 5:48. Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
VERSE 14. For these nations that you shall dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery and to diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you so to do.
sorcery. It is the use of power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits.
diviners. It is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occult ritual.
VERSE 15. The LORD your God will raise up to you a prophet from among you, of your brothers, like me. You shall listen to him.
will raise up to you a prophet from among you. Who is this prophet who is to come?
VERSE 16. This is according to all that you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, “Let me not hear again the LORD my God’s voice, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I not die.”
VERSE 17. The LORD said to me, “They have well said that which they have spoken.
VERSE 18. I will raise them up a prophet from among their brothers, like you. I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I shall command him.
I will raise them up a prophet. Who is this prophet who is to come?
VERSE 19. It shall happen, that whoever will not listen to my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
he shall speak in my name. This is the essence of the ministry of a prophet. They speak in the name of the LORD God.
VERSE 20. But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.”
speaks a word presumptuously in my name. The prophet was forbidden from using his lofty office to promote his own agenda.
However, in our day, many Christians claim to have the gift of prophecy. In our observation, though, the things they say are mostly their own private opinions.
How shall we know. This is a very important question. How can we tell if a prophet is real or a fraud?
VERSE 22. When a prophet speaks in the LORD’s name, if the thing doesn’t follow, nor happen, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You shall not be afraid of him.
if the thing doesn’t follow. If the prediction does not come true, the prophet was a fraud.
In our day, many Christians claim to speak as a prophet. Or to have the gift of prophecy. They make bold assertions that never come true.
If they had made such false assertions back in the Old Testament era, they would have been stoned to death.
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