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When the people return to the pagan ways of the Golden calf Moses "called out" the faithful. The Levites were appointed the Church in the wilderness.

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Levites

The Kingdom of God has always been from generation to generation. In tha Kingdom called Israel, God through Moses called out and set aside a certain group of people who were called Levites.[1] They were the first born of the nations[2] and they mostly came from the tribe of Levi.

This took place when the people were called out of the walled-in camp of the Golden calf by Moses, and most of those who came out were from one tribe. These people who came out first were separated[3] from the main body of the nation in several ways, and for particular purposes.[4]

By Jewish tradition, a Levite was a member of the Hebrew tribe of Levi, which became a unique part of a political structure with some limited "corporate elements"[5] not seen in the rest of the government of Israel but used in the formation of a national community and society.


When Jesus told his disciples "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." the word hath meant their property.[6] Luke 14:33  : Both the early Church and the Levites owned property but they held it in common[7] as join heirs[8] because the ordained ministers of the Church or "called out" and the "called out" of Moses were to belong to God and serve the people who depended on charity rather than force to provide the welfare or Pure Religion of God. : The Legal definition of the Church was also a group of people called out to serve with "corporate elements". They were the corpus of Christ, appointed by Him, for His purposes and in one accord. That body of ministers holding all things in common were called out and gathered to serve the society in Free Assemblies.

As a society[9] the Levites were separate from the people of the nation of Israel. Because they were called out to serve the people in congregations of Tens together they formed a whole nation.

These Levites who had been "called out" could receive the Freewill offerings of the people but could not own any property[10] in their own name as a personal estate.[11] They did own property but held that property in common because they belonged to God[12] rather than themselves. They like the "called out" of Christ owned all things in common[13] but could not own property[14] as a personal estate.

  • "What a man cannot transfer, he cannot bind by articles." Maxims of law

When Joshua led the Israelite people into the land of Canaan (Joshua 13:33), the Sons of Levi were the only Israelite tribe that received cities but were not allowed to be landowners in the same way that the rest of Israel was to own land "because the Lord the God of Israel Himself is their inheritance" [15].

Most of Israel owned land with a true and actual title to the land itself. They enjoyed the milk and honey of the ownership of land which had to do with the Beneficial interest or use of the land itself. They were not taxed upon the land by the government. Israel at first was a republic which formed a government of the people, for the people, by the people.

But the Levite title to land was more like a legal title today, but without an authoritarian central government. [16]

They had a central government formed by a network of congregations. The congregations were formed by the election of the families in congregations of tens or what became known as a Tithing.


Servants of a Nation

The Tribe of Levi served the whole of Israelite society in several ways. They had been separated out to bless the whole nation in accordance with the name or character of God.[17]They were responsible for the national religious service or duties which included service to the individual families in congregation. Religion meant how you performed your duty to God and your fellow man. A national religion was about a national welfare system and the sacrifices upon the Altars of the priests of society were to provide for that social service through the Perfect law of liberty.[18]

They also had political and judicial responsibilities to the people of the nation of Israel because they maintained the cities of refuge. They did not exercise authority over the people like other nations but were the titular leaders of the nation. The people held the power of kings and rulers because there were no kings in Israel.

This was a way to base a system of self government, not upon force but upon love, [19] just like Christ and John the Baptist.

Because they had no personal estate in land, the landed members of the tribes (I.E. the ones owning land with a true title) were expected to give tithe to the Kohanim[20], particularly the tithe known as the Maaser Rishon (מעשר ראשון) or First Tithe (Numbers 18:21-26).

To be counted a priest of society and receive this tithe, they had to be elected first by the people as a minister to a congregation of ten or Tithing.

The body of priests to the nation grew as those primary priests elected their own priests in congregations or orders of ten priests. This gathering in tens formed a living Network through which a flow of charity, information and ideas flowed, which Moses would eventually depend upon for the people's courts.

As priests, they performed the duties to the tabernacles in war and peace which include service to the Tabernacle and the tabernacles or tents of the people in congregation. Because the congregations of ten through a system of voir dire could form natural juries for the adjudication of legal matters, there was a need for higher courts of appeal to prevent injustice. This network also formed a series of appeals courts where the Levites were chosen as judges.[21]

These courts again were not top down system of lawmakers and kings but voluntary systems of mutual cooperation requiring a people rich in Social virtues.

They also provided a central depository to direct funds anywhere in the nation if local contributions could not provide the needs of the people. This was not a trickle down central treasury. Most of the aid was handled by local ministers in the communities where they were generated.

This temple treasury was collected by the porters of the temple and flowed back through the network of tens as needed.[22]

Understanding the 48 "cities" of the Levites and their purpose may help us understand the expanded role of the Levites in their mission to keep Israel free.

Kohen

Israel was a nation chosen to serve all people as priests setting an example of a different form of government.

What kind of priests?

The Hebrew word kohen is translated as “priest” 744 times. It is also translated “own” twice, “chief ruler” twice, “officer” and “princes” once each. It is defined as “priest, principal officer or chief ruler” and could mean a pagan, or Levitical priest, or even a priest-king. Jesus was such a priest after the order of Melchisedec, but he ruled, not with the rod of iron like Rome, but with love, service and humility. He was the Prince of Peace.

The original role of the priest came from the first-born son of the family, who managed the common funds of the family for the benefit of all its members. The priests of a nation were very much the same. Israel was a kingdom, not a religion. It was a system of faith, but all governments are systems of faith or fidelity or allegiance, established for the welfare of the people, accepting, in exchange, a portion of their loyalty or allegiance. A Godly government is based upon the precepts of a brotherhood of love and charity and not upon demands and force.

For almost 400 hundred years, Israel had been a powerful nation with no central government, no compulsory tax, and no police force or standing army, other than an organized brotherhood of free citizens. The dominion and civil power was in the hands of the individual families. Patriarchs ruled their own families. With the law in their hands, they came together in a union of community consensus and national brotherhood.

The first-born of those families were the priests within the large family units. But the priests and ministers of the nation were chosen from amongst the first-born of a nation, which, as a people, were called the Levites. God said that they were to open the matrix of the nation. They belonged to God the Father[23] with separate civil communities or cities.

The people ruled themselves. But the people voluntarily came together in a series of small groups or congregations.[24] Ten elders of families would gather together to choose a representative who would stand in service to those families and the whole nation. Ten of these representative ministers, in turn, would choose their own minister, who were the elders or princes of the tribe and, eventually, the nation through the pattern of tens. The same pattern was played out in the charitable network of the Levites. The flow of their charitable ministration to the tents of the congregation provided both the life blood and and binding glue of a nation of liberty.

"… the Levites… they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:" Numbers 8:24

Both the ministering elders of this nation and the men who followed their lead were the right hand of government. Those elder Levites, chosen by the congregation and then by other Levites, had inheritance in the land, no personal estate.[25]

They could not own real property in their own name. They were a separate civil jurisdiction unto themselves holding all things in common. This was the left hand of the governing system of the Kingdom of God, Israel. Neither had authority over the people. They were men respected in their service. They were titular in their offices.[26]

"Take [it] of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service." Number 7:5

This was an amazing concept in government, where no employed minister would get paid unless his constituents thought he was doing a service and those ministers were directly answerable to, at least, 10 constituents, yet autonomous.

It was a system of responsibility, charity, faith, and hope. It was not a government of self-indulgence, sloth, pride, and arrogance. Why would the people ask for a central government, knowing that guaranteed entitlements granted a reciprocating entitlement to the ruler of that system; knowing that your ministers would be appointed from the top down; and knowing that your goods and the firstfruits of your labor would be taken for its purposes; knowing that your sons and daughters would become human resources serving that government?[27]

Giving power to a central authority, and having that same authority appoint the servants of government, relinquishes a responsibility required of the people in a truly free society. Such granted power corrupts the leaders with that same power and the people with apathy. Despite God’s warnings, men continue in pride to imagine that they can control such constituted governments. From Saul to Rehoboam, all of the rulers of God’s kingdom violated the constitution of Israel and its remnant, Judea.[28]

They had forgotten the despotism of Egypt and had grown weary of the individual responsibility of a free state. After only a few kings, Israel divided as a kingdom under Rehoboam. Most of the people forsook the kingly line of David and abandoned the centralized civil powers. The people desired “Those days when there was no king or central government in Israel, and every man did what he believed was right in his own eyes.”[29]

The people called for a return to the free dominion of their own tents or household.

"So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither [have we] inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents." 1 Kings 12:16

The people were divided by their own sin. There were a series of corrupt kings and vanquishing captivities with short periods of repentance. Finally, God took away the promise of the seed of David ever prospering again upon the throne of God’s kingdom.

"… for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah." Jeremiah 22:30


Not all Priests

The Levites were not all priests in service to the national network or "camp" or "company" of the people. They played roles as heralds or singers in service to the nation to harmonize the people in a single national unit in time of distress or attack. They even served as guards for the whole of society.

They were not only health, education, and welfare, but also the FEMA of society, as well as the actual homeland security and central intelligence service of a free society. Because of the sacrifice of the Red Heifer, they were also the International Red Cross, Salvation Army and Peace Corp, all rolled into one. The difference between them and other governments of the world is that they were supported by Freewill offerings only.

They formed a national network of charity, but also the national information service and library of congress. Like a public news service, they shared information and knowledge about solutions to local problems that appear in manufacturing, agricultural production and health control. This led them to becoming research and development and product safety information service.

This is laid out in Moses' extensive work in describing the legal responsibility associated with building codes and occupational health and safety concepts within what we often call the statutes of Moses. Clearly, his dietary and horticultural ban on swine and water foul was to improve the health of society by eliminating a source of parasite infestation that had decimated the former population of Canaan.

When there were problems that arose in the health of the people or their farm produce or livestock, they played an essential role as extension agents. Societies often rose and fell because someone discovered something as simple as the stirrup for riding horses. As keepers of the national knowledge database, the survival of Israel was often dependent upon the service-oriented nature of the Levites.

There are many threats to the life of the nation, and the need for foreign intelligence can be vital to any nation to protect them from outside threats. But unlike

They wanted Israel strong and secure. They had a mission and a purpose, and they had a good grasp of the idea and need for people being in a communion of love and service.

Their job was the entire welfare and Corban of the people. This was a lot of work serving the tents of the congregations aof the people.[30] They were to retire from physical labor at 55.[31]

Joint Heirs

They needed to be a wealthy tribe to make that work. But the Levites only had legal title to their land and flocks as long as they remained Levites. They could not make treaties nor could they sell their land outside the body of the Levites. Any Levite could redeem the land they sold at anytime because a Levite did not own the beneficial interest. That was held in common.

This meant they could never lose all the land of Israel to debt. There were several safeguards built into the system to keep excessive wealth from corrupting people. Dressing and keeping, real property, it should be used to produce the substance to fulfill the needs of life for the protection of the life of the people. The use of the property may be sold for the benefit of the people, but traditionally this is not done for more than 49 years. The use of property may be redeemed at any time.

Leviticus 25:32 "Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, [and] the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time."

They were joint heirs.

It takes some imagination to see how all this fits together but it is easy to say that is not perfect. Perfect systems require perfect people. The system requires virtuous people to make it work and working at it leads people to virtue.

Joshua 14:4 "For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim: therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell [in], with their suburbs for their cattle and for their substance."

We know the Levites had land for their flocks and cattle from the Bible. If they were in the sheep business they were in competition with others. Certainly their first concern was their family and their brother ministers but the nature of the call brought men of service. It is clear in the Bible that all Levites were not unselfish. The generosity of the people kept the diligent Levite in the forefront of government. Foolish people do not choose wise leaders.

We know that at least some of the Levites were rich and wealthy in possession according to the Bible.

What they did not have was an inheritance in the land ... As I said they were joint heirs owning things in common.

Numbers 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: [it shall be] a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.

[32]

Land is one of the major depositories of wealth. They did not have that because they never "owned land". God owned the Levite so he owned the Levite land. This is one of the things that the Hasmonians tried to allow, and because they did, many people rented land from the rich Levites of that time. That rent had become a form of property tax. Men like Joses repented of the sinful exceptions of the Levites in Cyprus.

Acts 4:36 "And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, [and] of the country of Cyprus,"

The Levites did have inheritance, just not in the land. They inherited the right to the contributions of the people. [33] The people were to give their Freewill offerings to the Levite of their choice. If he did a good job the generous people would attract the best ministers who would work to make them even more successful.[34]

The land they lived on belonged to all Levites in common. In the governments of the world the leaders are not titular. They make laws and force contributions of the people and often accumulate vast wealth. Every leader from Nixon to Yasser Arafat -- from the queen of England to Hosni Mubarak -- got rich in office.

Levites had a limit. Still they could be corrupted without other governing factors built into the system.

The hard times of their wandering had tested the metal of their virtue.

We also know from historians of the time that Levite ministers did have money and did produce commodities that they sold amongst themselves. They could also sell their surplus to the people or give it away. You cannot make it a rule that they could not sell what they owned, like sheep or wares out of the community of the people or even to strangers. That would be hewing the stones.[35]

But again there was a natural governor that was built into the system. Election of ministers was based on service and generosity. Was he industrious, did his work bear fruit, did he raise a family well, did he remain faithful to his wife .... ?

Forgiveness and giving were virtues to be honored. Sloth, selfishness and greed were shunned.

They were a nation in a nation. They could eat of the shew bread, but if they used it to enhance their own wealth and self indulgence, the offerings would soon dry up.

So were the Levites Mendicant?

If they were entirely dependent upon the people, the people, if not the rich, could quickly influence the ministry. The threat of withholding funds would constantly be hanging over their heads. But on the other hand if the Levites were a mendicant order who could only depend upon charity then much if not all their energy would be spent begging like the mendicant monks of the world.

Their purpose was to serve the nation; if they were slothful, the nation would become weak and soon the whole nation would fall. They needed to serve the people in a way that strengthened and enriched the people, and they too would be rich and secure.

You give to them according to their service.

Numbers 7:5 "Take [it] of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service."

Some historians and theologians have used the word Mendicant to describe the Levites. But a Mendicant refers to begging or relying on charitable donations, and is most widely used for religious followers or ascetics who rely exclusively on charity to survive. It is true that Levites did depend upon the charity to do the work of government in tending to Pure Religion and social Welfare of the people. But it is also clear that they were not like the Sadhus of India or the Mendicant monks of the thirteenth century.

The Levites clearly had both flocks and cattle, cities and Suburbs[36] so they could not be mendicant in any way. That would be a Jewish fable which began among Pharisees and Sadducees who became dependant upon the Corban of the Hasmonians, Herod and Rome.

The Levites and the Early Church were literally separate nations and governments. They were not a part of the world. They were also not a part of the people they served. They were separate.

Like the Essenes they could sell what they had to get what they needed to do their job including, fish extra livestock and tents or their service but they were already employed by God so they could not be employed by other gods of the world.

Their main job was to teach and help people learn The Way.

The Roman Emperor Claudius in the year 49 as written by Suetonius expelled the Jews from Rome. Among those expelled were Priscilla and Aquila who were tentmakers as was Paul.[37]

Paul lived with Priscilla and Aquila for approximately 18 months in Corinthuntil he went to Syria. They stopped at Ephesus. In Acts 18:24-28, Luke describes the couple explaining Jesus' baptism to Apollos who became an important Christian evangelist in Ephesus.

Apollos was an "eloquent speaker" who had a "thorough knowledge of the Scriptures". Paul indicates Apollos is an apostle instructed by Priscilla and Aquila. Apollos only knew the baptism of John the Baptist and it was Priscilla and Aquila who took him aside and explained The Way of God to him "more accurately" that would make them major teachers.

Both the Levites and the early Church cared for the people in that Pure Religion of Freewill offerings we call Charity. This meant they not only had a place to keep stuff but sold what they received to get the things they might need more.

The funds they received and the service they provided was the government service such as a welfare that strengthened the poor. Rather than tax the people like other governments they depended a great deal on Freewill offerings.[38]

That is the difference. But for that system to work, all members of society needed to attend to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors, the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to do so by the Covetous Practices of modern governments.

The Way of Christ was not like the way of the world, nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on benefactors who exercise authority. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ.

The Christian conflict of the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for benefits but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens.

The modern Christians are in need of repentance.

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Church in the Wilderness

When the people return to the pagan ways of the Golden calf Moses "called out" the faithful. The Levites were appointed the Church in the wilderness.
  • Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

Here Acts 7 is drawing parallels between the the institutions of Moses and even Abraham and what the Church established by Jesus Christ was doing in those early days. The Levites were called the Church in the Wilderness because they were called out of the walled-in camp of the Golden calf by Moses to restore and keep the people as a free nation under God.


The Church in the Wilderness were the called out Levites who served the tents of the people much like the early Church appointed by Jesus who was the Christ, anointed king of Judea. The people provided Breeches for these ancient ministers of a nation without rulers, no king. Those breeches of the Levites were symbolic of a covering which made them titular leaders of one of the earliest pure republics in recorded history.

"Bishops, presbyters(Elder) and deacons occupy in the church the same positions as those which were occupied by Aaron, his sons, and the Levites in the temple." Jerome, Ep. 146

How their government operated in a practical way will give you a better understanding of the Church and the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

As we have said, among the Levites there was a unique political structure with corporate elements to the formation of its society. Early Israel was classified in history as a Republic.

Were there parallels between the Church in the Wilderness and the Church called out and appointed by Christ to serve the people?

Jesus called His Church to be one form of government so that His followers would and could be free souls under God.

Edward Gibbons in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire identified the early Church as a "viable Republic" and early American churches were called "embryonic republics" by historians.

The Corban of that early Church was not like the Corban of the Pharisees. Nor is it like the Corban of the Modern Christian who depend far more on the Benefactors who exercise authority one over the other than upon ministers an congregations who live by faith, hope and charity through the perfect law of liberty.

Understanding the Sophistry of the Pharisees and their civil altars under Herod can help those who want to see the truth about Religion and the Covetous Practices of Public religion. The modern False religion of today keeps people from practicing Pure Religion.

If we are willing to admit the truth about our own sloth and covetousness we may be able to view those Levites of the Church in the Wilderness in a new light. Their role as Ministers of a nation kept the people free for generations until they rejected God and sought a king which led to the dividing of the Kingdom of God. They, like the Church, established and appointed by Christ, they were to be Priests to all nations, preaching an teaching The Way of God.


Attribute Church in the Wilderness: The early Church:
Called Ministers of God have always been called by God to be His "called out".
The Levites were the people who answered the call to come out and follow the ways of God.[39] The Apostles and disciples were called out and serve God by teaching the people the ways of God.[40] The way of Christ is God's way of righteousness. To come in His name is to come in His way according to His character.
Belonged Those Ministers of God only have God as their master.
The Levites belonged to God; they were separate from the people, so they were limited in their power to make contracts, constitutions and covenants while still a part of the whole body of the Levites.[41] The Ministers of the early Church belonged to God, and though they lived in the world and preached the gospel of the kingdom at hand, they themselves were not of the world.[42] It has always been essential that God's ministers actually belong to God only.[43] They were separate.[44]
Common Because they are bond-servants of one master, what they have they hold for Him.
The Levites owned land in common rather than as individuals maintaining a mere legal title with no personal Beneficial interest which was held by God.[45] The Ministers of His Church held all things in common.[46]They did not own land as individuals but as the Church was a body appointed by Jesus Christ. [47] This ministerial status was different than the people who were to hold a personal dominion from generation to generation.[48]
Appointed They do not act by their authority but by His appointed authority.
The Levites were given the position of the government of the people, but they had no power to exercise authority over the people to force support.[49] Christ appointed a Kingdom to His Disciples to serve after taking the kingdom from the Pharisees, because they did not know the ways of God, and their Corban was making the word of God to none effect.[50]
Free will offerings The God of Heaven has always depended upon free will offerings or charity.
The power to fund the government and the grass roots election of ministers to receive that funding was in the hands of the people.[51] We were always supposed to live by Charity. While that word charity never appears in the Old Testament, the idea is seen in the terms Freewill offerings seen over and over again. And the word grace is also from the Greek word charis from which we get the word charity in English. And the word we see Paul saying translated charity is always translated love when Christ says it.[52]
Supported Minsters of God doing His service were always able to eat of the altars.
They could eat or be supported by what was freely given to them for the support of the government and the provision of the national welfare.[53] The Apostles and the other ministers of Christ gave up all to serve according to Christ's criteria for His ministers. They often depended on the Freewill offerings of the people for the funds to do the work of the Church and their own sustenance.[54]
Joint Heirs Inheritors of what ever was granted them by God through Abraham or Moses or Jesus Christ.
The Levites had no inheritance in the land, but they did inherit their office of administers of the daily ministration to the people.[55] The Church too, as a body, the corpus of Christ, acting in one accord through the appointment of Jesus the Christ, attends to daily ministration. As joint heirs, the administration is passed through a chain of service,[56] in love-driven ministries among those who are recognized (elected) by those seeking the kingdom from generation to generation.
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== Footnotes ==
  1. Numbers 3:12-13 “And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine; Because all the firstborn [are] mine; [for] on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I [am] the LORD.”
  2. Numbers 3:45 “Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I [am] the LORD.”
  3. Numbers 8:14 “Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.”
  4. Numbers 18:23 “But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: [it shall be] a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.”
  5. A Corporation is "a company or group of people authorized to act as a single entity (legally a person) and recognized as such in law."
  6. 5224 ~ὑπάρχοντα~ huparchonta \@hoop-ar’-khon-tah\@ neuter plural of present participle active of 5225 as noun; ; v participle AV-goods 7, that (one) has 4, things which (one) possesses 2, substance 1; 14 1) possessions, goods, wealth, property
  7. Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
  8. Romans 8:17 "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together."
  9. "Society. An association or company of persons (generally unincorporated) united together by mutual consent, in order to deliberate, determine, and act jointly for some common purpose. In a wider sense, the community or public; the people in general...
  10. 05159 ^הלחנ^ nachalah \@nakh-al-aw’\@ from 05157 (in its usual sense); n f; AV-inheritance 192, heritage 27, inherit 2, possession 1; 222
    1) possession, property, inheritance, heritage
    1a) property
    1b) portion, share
    1c) inheritance, portion
  11. Numbers 18:24 "But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer [as] an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance."
  12. Numbers 3:12 And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;
    Numbers 3:45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD.
    Numbers 8:14 Thus shalt thou separate the Levites <03881> from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.
    Deuteronomy 26:13 Then thou shalt say before the LORD thy God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite , and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them:
  13. Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
  14. Luke 14:26 "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:27 "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple." 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. Luke 14:33 "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple."
  15. Deuteronomy 18: 2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.
  16. Leviticus 25:32 Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, [and] the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time.
  17. Deuteronomy 10:8 At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.
  18. Deuteronomy 14:29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which [are] within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.
    Deuteronomy 26:12 ¶ When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, [which is] the year of tithing, and hast given [it] unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;
    Deuteronomy 14:27 And the Levite that [is] within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.
    Deuteronomy 16:14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that [are] within thy gates.
  19. Leviticus 19:18 “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I [am] the LORD.” Leviticus 19:34 “[But] the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I [am] the LORD your God.”
  20. Kohen or cohen (or kohain; Hebrew: כֹּהֵן, "priest", pl. כֹּהֲנִים kohanim) is the Hebrew word for priest
  21. 1 Chronicles 23:4 Of which, twenty and four thousand [were] to set forward the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand [were] officers and judges:
  22. 1 Chronicles 23:5 Moreover four thousand [were] porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, [said David], to praise [therewith].
  23. Numbers 8:14 Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine. Numbers 3:12
  24. edah from ed meaning witness. It is translated congregation 124 times, company 13, assembly 9 times and multitude, people and swarm once each. It means a congregation, gathering
  25. Numbers 18:20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.
    Numbers 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.
    Numbers 18:24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
    Numbers 26:62 And those that were numbered of them were twenty and three thousand, all males from a month old and upward: for they were not numbered among the children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given them among the children of Israel.
    Deuteronomy 18:2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.
  26. Webster’s. “REPUBLIC 3. A state or nation with a president as its titular head.” [A person who holds title, especially without any obligations of office]. See Republic vs Democracy, The Covenants of the gods.
  27. 1 Samuel 8:
  28. Deuteronomy 17:14…
  29. Judges 17:6
  30. Numbers 8:24 This [is it] that [belongeth] unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:
  31. Numbers 8:25 And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service [thereof], and shall serve no more: 26 But shall minister with their brethren in the tabernacle of the congregation, to keep the charge, and shall do no service. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charge.
  32. 05159 ^הלחנ^ nachalah \ from 05157 (in its usual sense); n f; AV-inheritance 192, heritage 27, inherit 2, possession 1; 222 1) possession, property, inheritance, heritage 1a) property
  33. Deuteronomy 18: 3 And this shall be the priest’s due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep; and they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw. 4 The firstfruit also of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him. 5 For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for ever.
  34. Deuteronomy 18:6 And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place which the LORD shall choose;
  35. Exodus 20:25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
  36. Leviticus 25:33 And if a man purchase of the Levites, then the house that was sold, and the city of his possession, shall go out in [the year of] jubile: for the houses of the cities of the Levites [are] their possession among the children of Israel. 34 But the field of the suburbs of their cities may not be sold; for it is their perpetual possession.
    Numbers 35:2 Command the children of Israel, that they give unto the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in; and ye shall give also unto the Levites suburbs for the cities round about them.
    Numbers 35:3 And the cities shall they have to dwell in; and the suburbs of them shall be for their cattle, and for their goods, and for all their beasts.
    Numbers 35:4 And the suburbs of the cities, which ye shall give unto the Levites, shall reach from the wall of the city and outward a thousand cubits round about.
    Numbers 35:5 And ye shall measure from without the city on the east side two thousand cubits, and on the south side two thousand cubits, and on the west side two thousand cubits, and on the north side two thousand cubits; and the city shall be in the midst: this shall be to them the suburbs of the cities.
    Numbers 35:7 So all the cities which ye shall give to the Levites shall be forty and eight cities: them shall ye give with their suburbs.
    Joshua 14:4 For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim: therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell in, with their suburbs for their cattle and for their substance.
    Joshua 21:2 And they spake unto them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, The LORD commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle.
    Joshua 21:3 And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities and their suburbs.
    Joshua 21:8 And the children of Israel gave by lot unto the Levites these cities with their suburbs, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.
  37. Acts 18:1-3; Acts 20:33-35; Philippians 4:14-16
  38. Deuteronomy 12:19 Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth. Deuteronomy 14:27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.
  39. Exodus 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who [is] on the LORD’S side? [let him come] unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
  40. Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
    Matthew 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
    Matthew 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
    Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
    Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
    Mark 2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
  41. :Numbers 3:12 And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;
    Numbers 3:45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD.
    Numbers 8:14 Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.
  42. Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two [[Master|masters]: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
  43. John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
    Mark 9:41 ¶ For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
  44. 2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,
    Matthew 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever <873> the wicked from among the just,
    Matthew 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate <873> them one from another, as a shepherd divideth <873> his sheep from the goats: Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate <873> you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate <873> me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. Acts 19:9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated <873> the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. == Churches Chart ==
  45. Joshua 14:4 For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim: therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell [in], with their suburbs for their cattle and for their substance.
  46. Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
    Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any [of them] that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
    Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people [unto him] with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
  47. Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
  48. Leviticus 25:28 But if he be not able to restore [it] to him, then that which is sold shall remain in the hand of him that hath bought it until the year of jubile: and in the jubile it shall go out, and he shall return unto his possession.
  49. Numbers 1:50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that [belong] to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.
  50. Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
    Luke 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
  51. Leviticus 22:18 Speak unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them, Whatsoever [he be] of the house of Israel, or of the strangers in Israel, that will offer his oblation for all his vows, and for all his freewill offerings, which they will offer unto the LORD for a burnt offering;
  52. 2 Corinthians 8:7 ¶ Therefore, as ye abound in every [thing, in] faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and [in] all diligence, and [in] your love (charity) to us, [see] that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love(charity).
  53. in progress
  54. : Mark 9:41 ¶ For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.: Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
    Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
    Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread
    John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
    1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
  55. Numbers 18:24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer [as] an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
  56. Romans 8:17 ¶ And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.


Brother Gregory

Brother Gregory
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