Inheritance and Portion
Instead of an inheritance and portion, the sons of Aaron were to have the Lord. What does this mean?
Here are some thoughts:
The value of an inheritance and portion is that it produces food and wealth in abundance. Landowners have the means of production and creating value. The Lord being their inheritance and portion means that the sons of Aaron would make their living by serving Him instead of cultivating the land. Their possession and wealth would be from Him directly, his portion would be their portion. They would be stewards of all that belong to him out of the abundance that he blesses the people of Israel with (he does own all the land and calls Israel sojourners and strangers dwelling in his land, but in this covenant that he makes, there is a specific portion that he claims for himself, which he gives to the priesthood).
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