They have No Inheritance
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 26, 2015)
Numbers 18:24-26 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. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.
In ancient Israel, eleven tribes out of twelve tribes inherited land in Canaan, land that God promised Jacob and his descendants. (see Genesis 28:12-15) The tribe of Levi would inherit tithes instead land. The Levites were assigned stations and jobs in the Tabernacle, and later the Temple, of God. The tithes were used to sustain the Levites and their families.
In AD 70, after General Titus invaded Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple, the Levites scattered. No more Temple, no genealogical records of which Israelite belonged to which tribe, The tribe of Levi could no longer receive tithes from the other eleven tribes.
Today, many pastors try to lay claim to a tithe of their congregations paychecks and household income. They do so by telling their congregations that the Levites were ministers of the Temple and were the only ones eligible to receive tithes, which was a type and shadow of they themselves as ministers of the Church qualified to receive tithes.
Aside from the fact that the tithes that God commanded were agricultural and not monetary, (see Leviticus 27:30-33) there are other serious flaws in the alleged ‘official right’ to receive tithes that these pastors claim.
Allow me to explain…
Our Biblical text in this article is from Numbers 18:24-26. It declared that the Levites were to receive the tithes because they had no inheritance among the congregation of Israel.
Do pastors have an inheritance? I am not talking about the property they own in their towns and neighborhoods where they minister, God didn’t give us the land we are on; nor did He give pastors the land they live on. So this land is not our inheritance. I am speaking of the inheritance that is promised every man, woman and child who places their trust in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:16-19 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 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. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Interesting…our inheritance is with Christ.
But wait! If pastor’s too are saved, then they, like us, also should have an inheritance with Christ. And if they have an inheritance with Christ, they are not eligible to receive tithes of any member of the Body of Christ. In the Bible, only those who had no other inheritance were eligible to take tithes of the congregation.
1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
That is…unless…by taking tithes of the congregation, pastors are forfeiting an inheritance among the body of Christ. How sad, to think that one would rather have tithes of money in this life, tithes that God never authorized that one to receive in the first place, than to have an inheritance that fadeth not away.
By demanding tithes, pastors are, in effect, telling God that they reject His Son and any eternal inheritance in Heaven. The one receiving tithes was to receive NO INHERITANCE among the ones that received an inheritance.
Children/Congregation of Israel – Inheritance was Canaan; i.e., that land promised in the Old Testament.
Levites/Ministers of the Tabernacle/Temple – Inheritance was tithes, but no land.
The saved of God – inheritance is a mansion in the Father’s House.
The minister of the Ekklesia – is his inheritance tithes? or is it in the Father’s House?
If tithes, they have no inheritance in the Father’s House.
Can we be sure? Well, according to Revelation, 22:15, whosoever loveth and maketh a lie will not be part of God’s eternal Kingdom. Since God said His holy tithe was agricultural, isn’t it a lie to say it is monetary? And if one embraces that lie, is it not the same as loving that lie more than the truth if the truth has been in their hands all along, yet they refuse to preach or teach it?
They have no inheritance.