God’s promise to the Levites, and to the family of Phinehas in particular, to maintain those who serve him faithfully in a lasting priesthood.
God’s covenant with Phinehas
Nu 25:12-13Phinehas was the grandson of Aaron. God’s pledge of “a lasting priesthood”, granted to him as a result of his zeal, probably means that the high priesthood would remain in his family. See alsoNu 25:10-11; Ezr 7:1-5; Ps 106:30-31
God’s covenant with the Levites
An everlasting covenantNu 18:19This covenant confirms the privileges and responsibilities of Aaron and his fellow Levites who have been called to Israel’s priesthood. The reference to “salt” may underline the permanent nature of the covenant. God’s covenant with David is also described as a “covenant of salt”. See also2Ch 13:5; Jer 33:18-22
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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