TODAY’S READING: EZEKIEL 44-46
“This shall be their inheritance: I am their inheritance: and you shall give them no possession in Israel; I am their possession.” – Ezekiel 44:28
The their in this sentence is the Levites, or the priests. More specifically, it is the Levites that are the sons of Zadok. The name Zadok means just or righteous. The priests that are sons of the just or righteous receive no possession in the land of Israel. However, God is their inheritance.
But, who are the priests, the sons of Zadok?
In 1 Peter 2:9, Peter says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession.”
Revelation 1:5-6 says, “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father.”
All those that are loved by Jesus and have been freed from their sins by the power of the cross are priests. And, as priests we do not receive an inheritance in the land of Israel, a physical inheritance, but we receive God himself as our inheritance.
In the gospels, Jesus speaks of inheriting the kingdom that was prepared for us from the foundation of the world. Also, Jesus is asked several times what must be done to inherit eternal life.
In the rest of the New Testament, we read of inheriting the kingdom of God.
Luke 17:20-21 says, “Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered the, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.'” So, the kingdom of God is not a physical thing to be seen, but it is something in the midst of us, in our hearts.
Romans 14:17 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Remember in Matthew 6 Jesus told us not to go seeking after what we need to eat and drink and wear but to seek first the kingdom of God.
In Galatians 5, Paul says that those who do the works of the flesh will not inherit the kingdom. The very next sentence is “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Paul is saying that when you have the kingdom in your heart, then you will display the fruit of the Spirit. So, the kingdom that we inherit is the fruit of the Spirit. Notice how Paul’s statement about the fruit of the Spirit is expanded version of what he says about the kingdom of God.
So, we do not inherit a physical kingdom, but the kingdom of God. Indeed, we inherit God himself. And, this means that we inherit wisdom and life.
This is what Paul speaks of in Ephesians 1:17-18, which says, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.”
Our inheritance is Jesus, wisdom, eternal life, God in our hearts.