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The Wilderness

(Category 5 of 16)

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CHAPTER 17 References

4 aEx. 25:16
bEx. 25:22;
29:42, 43;
30:36; Num.
5 aNum. 16:5
bNum. 16:11
7 aEx. 38:21;
Num. 1:50, 51;
9:15; 18:2;
Acts 7:44
8 a[Ezek.
17:24]; Heb.
10 aHeb. 9:4
bNum. 16:38;
Deut. 9:7, 24
cNum. 17:5

The Budding of Aaron’s Rod


1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and get from them a rod from each father’s house, all their leaders according to their fathers’ houses— twelve rods. Write each man’s name on his rod.
3 “And you shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each father’s house.
4 “Then you shall place them in the tabernacle of meeting before athe Testimony, bwhere I meet with you.
5 “And it shall be that the rod of the man awhom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel, bwhich they make against you.”
6 So Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and each of their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was among their rods.
7 And Moses placed the rods before the LORD in athe tabernacle of witness.
8 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the arod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.
9 Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD to all the children of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod.
10 And the LORD said to Moses, “Bring aAaron’s rod back before the Testimony, to be kept bas a sign against the rebels, cthat you may put

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their complaints away from Me, lest they die.”
11 Thus did Moses; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did.
12 So the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, “Surely we die, we perish, we all perish!
13 a“Whoever even comes near the tabernacle of the LORD must die. Shall we all utterly die?”

Duties of Priests and Levites


1 Then the LORD said to Aaron: a“You and your sons and your father’s house with you shall bbear the 1iniquity related to the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear the iniquity associated with your priesthood.
2 “Also bring with you your brethren of the atribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, that they may be bjoined with you and serve you while you and your sons are with you before the tabernacle of 1witness.
3 “They shall attend to your 1needs and aall the needs of the tabernacle; bbut they shall not come near the articles of the sanctuary and the altar, clest they die—they and you also.
4 “They shall be joined with you and attend to the needs of the tabernacle of meeting, for all the work of the tabernacle; abut an outsider shall not come near you.
5 “And you shall attend to athe duties of the sanctuary and the duties of the altar, bthat there may be no more wrath on the children of Israel.
6 “Behold, I Myself have ataken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel; bthey are a gift to you, given by the LORD, to do the work of the tabernacle of meeting.
7 “Therefore ayou and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for everything at the altar and bbehind the veil; and you shall serve. I give your priesthood to you as a cgift for service, but the outsider who comes near shall be put to death.”

Offerings for Support of the Priests

8 And the LORD spoke to Aaron: “Here, aI Myself have also given you 1charge of My heave offerings, all the holy gifts of the children of Israel; I have given them bas a portion to you and your sons, as an ordinance forever.
9 “This shall be yours of the most holy things reserved from the fire: every offering of theirs, every agrain offering and every bsin offering and every ctrespass offering which they render to Me, shall be most holy for you and your sons.
10 a“In a most holy place you shall eat it; every male shall eat it. It shall be holy to you. 11 “This also is yours: athe heave offering of their gift, with all the

13 aNum. 1:51,
53; 18:4, 7

CHAPTER 18 References

1 aNum. 17:13
bEx. 28:38
2 aNum. 1:47
bNum. 3:5–10
3 aNum. 3:25,
31, 36 bNum.
16:40 cNum.
4:15 1service
4 aNum. 3:10
5 aLev. 24:3
bNum. 8:19;
6 aNum. 3:12,
45 bNum. 3:9
7 aNum. 3:10;
18:5 bHeb. 9:3,
6 c1 Pet. 5:2, 3
8 aLev. 6:16,
18; 7:28–34
bEx. 29:29;
40:13, 15
9 aLev. 2:2, 3;
10:12, 13 bLev.
6:25, 26 cLev.
10 aLev. 6:16,
11 aDeut.
18:3–5 bLev.
12 aEx. 23:19
bEx. 22:29
1Lit. fat
13 aEx. 22:29;
23:19; 34:26
14 aLev.
15 aEx. 13:2
bEx. 13:12–15
16 aLev. 27:6
bEx. 30:13
17 aDeut.
15:19 bLev.
3:2, 5
18 aEx.
1breast of the
wave offering
19 a2 Chr. 13:5
20 aJosh.
13:14, 33
bEzek. 44:28
21 aLev.
bNum. 3:7, 8
1a possession
22 aNum. 1:51
bLev. 22:9

wave offerings of the children of Israel; I have given them to you, and your sons and daughters with you, as an ordinance forever. bEveryone who is 1clean in your house may eat it.
12 a“All the 1best of the oil, all the best of the new wine and the grain, btheir firstfruits which they offer to the LORD, I have given them to you.
13 “Whatever first ripe fruit is in their land, awhich they bring to the LORD, shall be yours. Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it.
14 a“Every 1devoted thing in Israel shall be yours.
15 “Everything that first opens athe womb of all flesh, which they bring to the LORD, whether man or beast, shall be yours; nevertheless bthe firstborn of man you shall surely redeem, and the firstborn of unclean animals you shall redeem.
16 “And those redeemed of the devoted things you shall redeem when one month old, aaccording to your valuation, for five shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, which is btwenty gerahs.
17 a“But the firstborn of a cow, the firstborn of a sheep, or the firstborn of a goat you shall not redeem; they are holy. bYou shall sprinkle their blood on the altar, and burn their fat as an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma to the LORD.
18 “And their flesh shall be yours, just as the awave1 breast and the right thigh are yours.
19 “All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as an ordinance forever; ait is a covenant of salt forever before the LORD with you and your descendants with you.”
20 Then the LORD said to Aaron: “You shall have ano inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; bI am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.

Tithes for Support of the Levites

21 “Behold, aI have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as 1an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, bthe work of the tabernacle of meeting.
22 a“Hereafter the children of Israel shall not come near the tabernacle of meeting, blest they bear sin and die.
23 “But the Levites shall perform the work of the tabernacle of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a statute forever, throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
24 “For the tithes of the children of Israel,which they offer up as a heave

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offering to the LORD, I have given to the Levites 1as an inheritance; therefore I have said to them, ‘Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.’ ”

The Tithe of the Levites

25 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
26 “Speak thus to the Levites, and say to them: ‘When you take from the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall offer up a heave offering of it to the LORD, aa tenth of the tithe.
27 ‘And your heave offering shall be reckoned to you as though it were the grain of the athreshing floor and as the fullness of the winepress.
28 ‘Thus you shall also offer a heave offering to the LORD from all your tithes which you receive from the children of Israel, and you shall give the LORD’s heave offering from it to Aaron the priest.
29 ‘Of all your gifts you shall offer up every heave offering due to the LORD, from all the 1best of them, the consecrated part of them.’
30 “Therefore you shall say to them: ‘When you have lifted up the best of it, then the rest shall be accounted to the Levites as the produce of the threshing floor and as the produce of the winepress.
31 ‘You may eat it in any place, you and your households, for it is ayour 1reward for your work in the tabernacle of meeting.
32 ‘And you shall abear no sin because of it, when you have lifted up the best of it. But you shall not bprofane the holy gifts of the children of Israel, lest you die.’ ”

24 1for a possession
26 aNeh. 10:38
27 aNum.
15:20; [2 Cor.
8:12] 29 1Lit. fat
31 a[Matt.
10:10; Luke
10:7]; 1 Cor.
9:13; [1 Tim.
5:18] 1wages
32 aLev. 19:8;
22:16; Ezek.
22:26 bLev.
22:2, 15

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The Glories of the Messiah and His Bride

To the Chief Musician. aSet to 1“The Lilies.” A 2Contemplation of the sons of Korah. A Song of Love.

1 MY heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a 1ready writer.

2 You are fairer than the sons of men; aGrace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever.
3 1Gird Your asword upon Your thigh, bO Mighty One, With Your cglory and Your majesty.
4 aAnd in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things.
5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; The peoples fall under You.

6 aYour throne, O God, is forever and ever; A bscepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has aanointed You With the oil of bgladness more than Your companions.

PSALM 45 References

title aPs. 69:
title 1Heb.
2Heb. Maschil
1 1skillful
2 aLuke 4:22
3 a[Is. 49:2;
Heb. 4:12];
Rev. 1:16 b[Is.
9:6] cJude 25
1Belt on
4 aRev. 6:2
6 a[Ps. 93:2];
Heb. 1:8, 9
b[Num. 24:17] 7 aPs. 2:2 bPs.
21:6; Heb. 1:8,
8 aSong 1:12,
9 aSong 6:8
b1 Kin. 2:19
10 aDeut.
21:13; Ruth
1:16, 17
11 aPs. 95:6;
[Is. 54:5] 12 aIs. 49:23
14 aSong 1:4
16 a[1 Pet. 2:9;
Rev. 1:6; 20:6] 17 aMal. 1:11

8 All Your garments are ascented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad.
9 aKings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; bAt Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.

10 Listen, O daughter, Consider and incline your ear; aForget your own people also, and your father’s house;
11 So the King will greatly desire your beauty; aBecause He is your Lord, worship Him.
12 And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; aThe rich among the people will seek your favor.

13 The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; Her clothing is woven with gold.
14 aShe shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors; The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You.
15 With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; They shall enter the King’s palace.
16 Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons, aWhom You shall make princes in all the earth.
17 aI will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.




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