Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 9, 2014

“The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot.”

Today’s Scripture comes from Deuteronomy 10:1-11.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“1 “At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Cut out for yourself two tablets of stone like the former ones, and come up to Me on the mountain, and make an ark of wood for yourself.  2 I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered, and you shall put them in the ark.’  3 So I made an ark of acacia wood and cut out two tablets of stone like the former ones, and went up on the mountain with the two tablets in my hand.  4 He wrote on the tablets, like the former writing, the Ten Commandments which the Lord had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly; and the Lord gave them to me.  5 Then I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark which I had made; and there they are, as the Lord commanded me.”

6 (Now the sons of Israel set out from Beeroth Bene-jaakan to Moserah.  There Aaron died and there he was buried and Eleazar his son ministered as priest in his place.  7 From there they set out to Gudgodah, and from Gudgodah to Jotbathah, a land of brooks of water.  8 At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to serve Him and to bless in His name until this day.  9 Therefore, Levi does not have a portion or inheritance with his brothers;  the Lord is his inheritance, just as the Lord your God spoke to him.)  …”  Deuteronomy Chapter 10:  Verses 1-9.


Levi’s brothers (tribes of Israel) all received large areas of land in the Promised Land, mostly west of the Jordan River.  But, Levi received no such land.  Instead, “the Lord is his inheritance”.

Like Levi, we are a priesthood.  Like Levi, we are called to serve the LORD and bless Him.  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”  1 Peter 2:9.

And like Levi, the LORD is our inheritance.

“5 The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.

6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.

7 I will bless the Lord who has counseled me;
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
8 I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely.
10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
11 You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”  Psalm 16:5-11.


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