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Thursday, October 4, 2012

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The priests and Levites, that is, the tribe of Levi, did not receive any land allotments like the other tribes did. They did not have lands or time for farming. They were to focus on ministry. They were to trust God implicitly. Why? Because "the Lord is their inheritance." For sure, those involved in ministry today should not let secular affairs distract them.

All occult and magic practices were strictly forbidden. (see also Leviticus 19:26,31) There is quite a long list of different forms in which the occult manifested itself back then. Nowadays evil forces still try to draw men and women on to their enchanted grounds. Even apparently harmless curiosity will place people in such a position that before they know what is happening, they become controlled by the powers of evil and cannot escape without God’s intervention.

Moses talked about another prophet that someday and in someway would follow him. It was clearly understood then and even in Jesus' time that this was not just an ordinary prophet. It would have to be a "prophet" with direct access to God like Moses had. (Deuteronomy 34:10) A number of references in the New Testament indicate that Jesus was "that prophet." In Acts 3:22-23 it specifically quotes this Deuteronomy passage saying that Jesus was “that prophet” promised by Moses.

John Ash
Chinese Union Mission
Hong Kong