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Numbers 18

Num 18:19

COVENANT OF SALT: Salt, a precious commodity. To eat another's salt is a token of fidelity and friendship (Str Scr 32).

Num 18:20

YOU WILL HAVE NO INHERITANCE IN THEIR LAND, NOR WILL YOU HAVE ANY SHARE AMONG THEM; I AM YOUR SHARE AND YOUR INHERITANCE AMONG THE ISRAELITES: "When the Lord divided Canaan among the tribes of Israel, Levi received no share of the land. God said to him simply, 'I am thy part and thine inheritance,' and by those words made him richer than all his brethren, richer than all the kings and rajas who have ever lived in the world. And there is a spiritual principle here, a principle still valid for every priest of the Most High God. The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness. Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever" (AWT).

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