May 16, 2007

Breadcrumb: A tenth of a tenth is...

In Num. 18:21-29, we learn that the Levites will receive tithes from the rest of the Israelite tribes. These tithes consist of the best of the Israelite crops and herds: the first fruits, the best grains, the firstborn animals, and so on. However, the Levites must themselves tithe a tenth of their share--the best tenth, obviously--to the priests. Thus, the priests receive the best 1% of all the food and drink in Israel. Because the Levites themselves tithe to the priests, they are able to enjoy the remaining 9% without sin. (Num. 18:32)

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