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1. Trap Toronto Mix | LUKAV | 11/09/2014

Trap Toronto Mix | LUKAV | 11/09/2014

TRAP TORONTO PRESENTS:LUKAV TRAP TORONTO MINI MIX V1 Lukav @LukavMusic facebook.com/LukavMusic twitter.com/LukavMusic soundcloud.com/lukavmusic bookings: [email protected] Trap Toronto @traptoronto facebook.com/416trap twitter.com/TrapToronto

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2. Sevla- Trap Toronto Exclusive Mix

Sevla- Trap Toronto Exclusive Mix

Sevla- Trap Toronto Exclusive Mix 03/28/2015 @sevlamusic **TRACKLIST** 1. Startup 2.0 - Ricky Remedy 2. Slasherr (Flume Edit) - Rustie 3. B2U - Boombox Cartel 4. Chief - Party Thieves & ATLiens 5. Abnormaäl (AB THE THIEF Remix) - Kyle Hughes & KANDY 6. Miami (HLTR$KLTR x Havok Roth Remix) - Artistic Raw 7. Bricks Feat. Migos (Kayzo Harder Mix) - Carnage 8. Nagano (Party Thieves Remix) - GLADPVCK 9. Shaka Zulu (Sevla & Crankdat Remix) - Funky Craig & Rawtek 10. Insane (SCRVP & MXM Bootleg) - Chuckie & Childsplay 11. Hoodrat Anthem - Instant Party! X Zeke & Zoid 12. Drum Rave (AB The Thief Remix) - Jacob van Hage & Asonn 13. Riot (Sevla & GRMN Remix) - Wiwek 14. Blessings (Riot Ten HYPE OR DIE Trap Remix) - Big Sean x Drake x Little Sean 15. Seth (Skellism Remix) - Congorock 16. Burn (MXM & GRMN Remix) - KSHMR & DallasK 17. Get Wild (Pa7y x Lukav Remix) - Alpharock 18. WTF (Luminox Remix) - Brillz & Willy Joy 19. Bass Drop (Fvckdivmonds Remix) - Whyel’

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3. (Trap Toronto Exclusive) GRAPES N GOOSE VOL. 2 Xmas Edition

(Trap Toronto Exclusive) GRAPES N GOOSE VOL. 2  Xmas Edition

MERRY XMAS TO ALL THE HOMIES @nahmeanbrah facebook.com/nahmeanbrah twitter.com/nahmeanbrah Tracklist: 1. NAH MEAN - ChristMASHup Intro ting 2. NAH MEAN - Lethal (Original Mix) 3. NAH MEAN - BEAST! (Original Mix) 4. Aero Chord - BLVDE (Original Mix) 5. Yogi feat. Pusha T - Burial (Skrillex X Trollphace Remix) 6. Chanel West Coast - Alcoholic (DFace Remix) 7. Datsik - Bonafide Hustler (VIP) 8. NAH MEAN - Tornt (Original Mix) 9. Deorro / Diplo / Steve Aoki - Freak (Rickyxsan's TURNT Bootleg) 10. Pegboard Nerds - Here It Comes (Snavs & Toby Green Remix) 11. NAH MEAN - ID 12. Paper Diamon X LOUDPVCK - WYLIN (Original Mix) 13. Dillon Francis - When We Were Young (Valentino Khan Remix) 14. Aero Chord - Boundless (Original Mix) 15. Wiwek & Alvaro - Boomshakatak ft. MC Spyder 16. Whyel - Ray Ban 17. MUNCHI - Pero Que lo Que Mujer 18. Alvin Risk ft. Tittsworth - Pendejas 19. Flux Pavilion & Dillon Francis - I'm The One 20. NAH MEAN - Baja (Original Mix) 21. heRobust - Party McFly 22. Aazar - Jigglin' 23. RL Grime ft. Djemba Djemba - Valhalla 24. Skrillex - Ragga Bomb (Skrillex & Zomboy Remix) 25. Bobby Shmurda - Hot Nigga (BL3R Remix) 26. Drake - 0 to 100 (Grandtheft Booty) 27. Scotty Boy Lorenzo - Coke Diet 28. Bebe Rexha - I Can't Stop Drinking About You (Grabbitz Remix) 29. ILoveMakonnen ft. Drake - Tuesday (Crankdat X Lukav Remix) 30. BANKS - Waiting Game (NAH MEAN Remix) 31. NAH MEAN - ID

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4. Built In- Trap Toronto Exclusive Mix

Built In- Trap Toronto Exclusive Mix

Built-In Trap Toronto Mix (March 17th, 2015)

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5. Sweat (preview)

Sweat (preview)

preview

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6. Gully- Lazy (Preview)

Gully- Lazy (Preview)

Out soon

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7. GOQ - Jan 2015 - Marlon Williams - Silent Passage

GOQ - Jan 2015 - Marlon Williams - Silent Passage

Success and failure in any creative endeavour can be hard to measure. Is triumph defined by audience numbers, or by money? Is failure defined by obscurity? Luck and timing can determine the fate of an artist’€™s work as surely as its intrinsic quality does. In 1974, Canadian songwriter Bob Carpenter made a beautiful album, only to see his work pulped because of a management spat that’€™s been long-forgotten since. Defeated, he wandered for years, became ill and died more or less unrecognised. Yet his work has been found, re-published and rediscovered by a new generation. “Upon the ship of life, we are the masts, the sails and the wind” Marlon Williams is a member of that new generation. At 23, he carries a wealth of musical history around with him, from his own Maori roots, to his classical training as an opera singer, and his obsession with the music of America’€™s south. He’€™s a reassuring emblem for the notion that singers are responsible for the continuation of heritage, as much as they are for adding to heritage with their own work. Silent Passage is the rarest of songs: a ballad that makes you yearn for something you can’€™t quite place. What was Carpenter’€™s sailor yearning for? Home? Family? An end to his wanderings? Perhaps the writer foresaw his own future torments when he wrote this lyric. Recorded live in an abandoned chapel full of haybales on a rainy day in Modewarre, this Church of the Open Sky session is a gem of a thing. We think you’€™ll be hearing a lot more of Marlon Williams in years to come, and maybe even of Bob Carpenter. http://www.greatocean.com.au/church-of-the-open-sky

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8. Final Frontier

Final Frontier

I have always had a real fascination with the stars and the study of ancient worlds, and a recent foray into the world of the ancient mayans, led me to the happy faced White Wizard emblem seen on my album cover. This sign is that of White Wizard, a person believed to be a shaman, guiding others to light by empowering and enchanting them with their gifts. This sign represents my birthdate and as such has turned into a talisman of sorts, representing my belief in the magic of life, and the power of positivity. I chose to release the first single on the 2nd of January because it's a significant day in the the Mayan Calendar. It's a White Wizard day. The tone of the day is to be inspired by the divine, and to communicate from the spirit. A wonderful sentiment to have when releasing any project! My hope is that the message within it will inspire and touch you! By releasing my EP on a White Wizard day, I am reminded to see the divine in everything that I do. Dedicated to my Family and every member of my soul group. Special Thanks to Live Vision Management, EBM 14's, Randy Ponzio, The Foundation. credits released 02 January 2012 Tracks 1 & 3 Produced by Sol Starz Track 2 Produced by SOUL Track 4 Produced by Kenneth Paul Kelley

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9. Thought Of You

Thought Of You

I have always had a real fascination with the stars and the study of ancient worlds, and a recent foray into the world of the ancient mayans, led me to the happy faced White Wizard emblem seen on my album cover. This sign is that of White Wizard, a person believed to be a shaman, guiding others to light by empowering and enchanting them with their gifts. This sign represents my birthdate and as such has turned into a talisman of sorts, representing my belief in the magic of life, and the power of positivity. I chose to release the first single on the 2nd of January because it's a significant day in the the Mayan Calendar. It's a White Wizard day. The tone of the day is to be inspired by the divine, and to communicate from the spirit. A wonderful sentiment to have when releasing any project! My hope is that the message within it will inspire and touch you! By releasing my EP on a White Wizard day, I am reminded to see the divine in everything that I do. Dedicated to my Family and every member of my soul group. Special Thanks to Live Vision Management, EBM 14's, Randy Ponzio, The Foundation. credits released 02 January 2012 Tracks 1 & 3 Produced by Sol Starz Track 2 Produced by SOUL Track 4 Produced by Kenneth Paul Kelley

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10. Hide The Gun

Hide The Gun

I have always had a real fascination with the stars and the study of ancient worlds, and a recent foray into the world of the ancient mayans, led me to the happy faced White Wizard emblem seen on my album cover. This sign is that of White Wizard, a person believed to be a shaman, guiding others to light by empowering and enchanting them with their gifts. This sign represents my birthdate and as such has turned into a talisman of sorts, representing my belief in the magic of life, and the power of positivity. I chose to release the first single on the 2nd of January because it's a significant day in the the Mayan Calendar. It's a White Wizard day. The tone of the day is to be inspired by the divine, and to communicate from the spirit. A wonderful sentiment to have when releasing any project! My hope is that the message within it will inspire and touch you! By releasing my EP on a White Wizard day, I am reminded to see the divine in everything that I do. Dedicated to my Family and every member of my soul group. Special Thanks to Live Vision Management, EBM 14's, Randy Ponzio, The Foundation. credits released 02 January 2012 Tracks 1 & 3 Produced by Sol Starz Track 2 Produced by SOUL Track 4 Produced by Kenneth Paul Kelley

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11. Tell Tale Heart

Tell Tale Heart

I have always had a real fascination with the stars and the study of ancient worlds, and a recent foray into the world of the ancient mayans, led me to the happy faced White Wizard emblem seen on my album cover. This sign is that of White Wizard, a person believed to be a shaman, guiding others to light by empowering and enchanting them with their gifts. This sign represents my birthdate and as such has turned into a talisman of sorts, representing my belief in the magic of life, and the power of positivity. I chose to release the first single on the 2nd of January because it's a significant day in the the Mayan Calendar. It's a White Wizard day. The tone of the day is to be inspired by the divine, and to communicate from the spirit. A wonderful sentiment to have when releasing any project! My hope is that the message within it will inspire and touch you! By releasing my EP on a White Wizard day, I am reminded to see the divine in everything that I do. Dedicated to my Family and every member of my soul group. Special Thanks to Live Vision Management, EBM 14's, Randy Ponzio, The Foundation. credits released 02 January 2012 Tracks 1 & 3 Produced by Sol Starz Track 2 Produced by SOUL Track 4 Produced by Kenneth Paul Kelley

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12. White Wizard

White Wizard

I have always had a real fascination with the stars and the study of ancient worlds, and a recent foray into the world of the ancient mayans, led me to the happy faced White Wizard emblem seen on my album cover. This sign is that of White Wizard, a person believed to be a shaman, guiding others to light by empowering and enchanting them with their gifts. This sign represents my birthdate and as such has turned into a talisman of sorts, representing my belief in the magic of life, and the power of positivity. I chose to release the first single on the 2nd of January because it's a significant day in the the Mayan Calendar. It's a White Wizard day. The tone of the day is to be inspired by the divine, and to communicate from the spirit. A wonderful sentiment to have when releasing any project! My hope is that the message within it will inspire and touch you! By releasing my EP on a White Wizard day, I am reminded to see the divine in everything that I do. Dedicated to my Family and every member of my soul group. Special Thanks to Live Vision Management, EBM 14's, Randy Ponzio, The Foundation. credits released 02 January 2012 Tracks 1 & 3 Produced by Sol Starz Track 2 Produced by SOUL Track 4 Produced by Kenneth Paul Kelley

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13. Männerquatsch #04 (E3 Faktenmarathon)

Männerquatsch #04 (E3 Faktenmarathon)

Wir sprechen über die wichtigsten Neuigkeiten von der Electronic Entertainment Expo, kurz E3 2017. Ausserdem über Bubsy für PS4, die Atari Box, Mario Kart GP VR, BIU Sales Awards, Nintendo Shop, IO Interactive, den Nintendo Theme Park, Rez Infinite und iam8bit und die Zigarre Garrido von John Aylesbury. Die kompletten Show notes mit allen Links zur Sendung gibt es auf unserer Webseite: https://www.maennerquatsch.de/podcast/mq-04/ Übersicht: Männerquatsch#04 (E3 Faktenmarathon) Genussmittel (0:58) / Zigarre - Garrido / News (2:05) / Bubsy bekommt nach 21 Jahren ein neues Spiel / Atari Box Teaser / Mario Kart GP VR von Bandai Namco / BIU Sales Awards im Mai 2017 / Nintendo eshop Empfehlungen / IO Interactive Management Buyout / Nintendo Theme Park und die Switch / Schwerpunktthema - E3 (20:17) / Bethesda Softworks / Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus / Doom VFR und Fallout 4 VR / Skyrim on Switch / Electronic Arts (24:44) / Anthem / Mittelerde Schatten des Krieges / Star Wars Battlefront 2 / FIFA 18 auch für Switch / Ubisoft (33:22) / Assassin’s Creed Origins / Mario & Rabbids Kingdom Battle / Beyond Good & Evil 2 / Zeichentrick-Plattformer Cuphead / Starlink Battle / Skull and Bones / Just Dance 2018 auch für Wii und WiiU / 2K Games (47:00) / Xcom 2: War of the Chosen / Chucklefish Ltd: Wargroove / Square Enix (49:48) / Life is Strange: Before the Storm / Pictlogica / Bandai Namco Entertainment (51:47) / Ni No Kuni 2 / Crytek (52:55) / Hunt Showdown / 8Bitdo (57:20) / 8Bitdo Switchkompatible Controller - SNES30 Pro Controller und NES30 Arcade Stick / SNES30 Controller mit Firmwareupdate an Switch betreiben / Sony (58:50) / Shadow of the Colossus / Days Gone / Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy / God of War / Uncharted: The Lost Legacy / Microsoft (1:06:40) / Scorpio heisst jetzt Xbox One X / Tech-Vergleich Xbox One X mit Ps4 Pro / 4K Ultra HD Logo / Crossplay mit PC und Nintendo Switch / Kein Crossplay mit PS4 / Neues zum Game-Pass / Backwards Compatibility - Xbox Classic / Original Xbox Controller kommt wieder / Xbox Design Lab / Erklärung der Abwesenheit von neuen eigenen AAA Spielen / Nintendo(1:21:00) / Metroid Prime 4 / Kirby / Neues Pokemon Spiel für Switch / Rocket League mit Crossplay / Super Mario Odyssey / Marios Kostüme / Ist Mario ein Mensch? / Xenoblade Chronicles 2 / Fire Emblem Warriors / Yoshi / Miyamoto über Pikmin 4 / amiibos zu Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / amiibos zu Mario Odyssey / amiibos zu Fire Emblem Warriors / amiibos zu Zelda Breath of the Wild / amiibos zu Metroid / Virtual Console lässt auf sich warten / Keine Spur vom SNES Mini / ABC Special zum Launch von SMB2 1988 / Was geht ab? (1:32:05) / Rez Infinite PS4 bei iam8bit.com Ein Podcast über klassische und aktuelle Videospiele, Apps, Filme, Serien, Veranstaltungen, Genussmittel und Gadgets. Kurz: Dinge die uns bewegen. Die wichtigsten Neuigkeiten und viele Hintergrundinformationen, schnell, einfach, unterhaltsam. Viel Spaß beim zuhören. Wenn Ihr uns unterstützen wollt, dann schaut doch mal auf unserer Patreonseite vorbei: https://www.patreon.com/maennerquatsch. Oder nutzt für eure Einkäufe bei Amazon unseren affiliate-link: http://amzn.to/2uVop1y.

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14. T-CHI Music Group - Screaming/ROSHAWN LYLES/jtrx/jtp

T-CHI Music Group - Screaming/ROSHAWN LYLES/jtrx/jtp

Roshawn Lyles Bio Born May 22, 1990 Roshawn Lyles formally of the R&B Group Kwiet Storm whose smooth vocals and sensual ballads helped establish him as a rhythm-and-blues superstar of Chicago beginning in the early 2000s. The song that put the group on map was Lights Out Candles Lit. When Roshawn was younger he began singing in church choirs but later entered into the mainstream music industry by entering talent shows. At age 12 he began writing his own music. After leaving the group Kwiet Storm he decided to further is career as a solo artist. His single “Screaming” is played all over the Chicago are as well as a few other states and has 1500 hits. Roshawn later formed his own writing company called His and Herzz Ink in 2010. Roshawn has many accomplishment under his belt. In 2011 he was one of the 12 finalist from Chicago for the show X Factor. In 2011 is also released “Best Times” as a solo artist which was also featured on TrueStar Radio. He was also featured in the motion picture “Kiss Ass” in 2010. He is also a vocal coach for the stars. He is the CEO of “Artist Development Class” Emblem Entertainment. Radio Single “Red Light” held the #1 new artist spot for 4 weeks on “Diggi Wax”. In 2009 he was named Artist of The Year at the Chicago Music Awards. He was featured in recording artist “Dream” video “Love You Girl as a featured artist. In 2008 he was the semi-finalist of the Steve Harvey 8th Annual Hoodie Awards. He has 3 major keys to the city of Chicago, New York and New Orleans. 2007-2008 he did a 90 National High School, College, Grammer School promotional tour in the United States. 2007 he was the best New Artist at the Chicago Music Awards. Roshawn has done Vocal Coaching for such artist as Jane Smith and A.J. Alexander. Since 2007 his inspirational single “Everything is played on WGCI Radio Station. In 2006 he was signed to JPAT Records (Ushers moms label). In 2005 Roshawn toured with Usher’s first band “17th floor”. In 2004 his video “Leave Me Alone” appeared on Midnight Love, Cita’s World, Hit’s From The Streets. The video was also New Joint of the Day on 106 & Park. In 2004 National Radio Single “Lights Out Candles Lit” had 630,000 hits on You tube. Roshawn has been on stage with artist such as Usher, Jagged Edge, 112, Ludacris, Young Jezzy, T.I., Day 26, Trey Songz, Erica Dido, Ginuwine and Joe. In addition to singing Roshawn was also on the Gospel Musical Play “Caught Up” which is a V. Abrams, Queen Production. Roshawn is also a member of the Masons and Phi Rho Eta Fraternity. He is currently signed under T-CHI Artist Management.

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15. Finally Moving James Brown Remix

Finally Moving James Brown Remix

C-Mac Productions presents Doc Roman & Polar Bear spitting to "Finally Moving James Brown Remix" by Pretty Lights. LYRICS Doc Roman: It was all a dream Sitting in the back of a Limousine Agents, Management all trying to sign me Models, Baristas, And Hot women tryna climb me Part-time dream, started when I was nineteen 17 when I fell in love with the green Started Rapping, aspirations of the big screen Television promotions, and magazine endorsements Call up my boys to provide the reinforcements The, Dismemberment of bars While setting the par Dissecting the cause Envisioning what it was Never had to contemplate what stress was next Deliver each line with tactful finesse Save grace for days that I’ll remember Pray to anyone willing to salvage my emblem Purpose found, only to be fucking jealous Of people that already made it Selling records like Elvis I want people screaming my name Walkin onto red carpets, soak up the fame Fucking with my crew bitch, Sock ya in the brain Understand what I convey In the messages I display Be cautious I make the ladies nauseous When I come around people pull the drawstrings Now I’m pulling my own and people all applaud it Loving the kid for believing that he was awesome Full throttle, I’d chill up at the grottos Gettin playboy bunnies and European models New whips, and new superstardom Proving em all wrong, cuz they hooked all on it I’m loving it, change it to the slogan This is the life that I told myself I’ve chosen But for now I sit back, Meditate Good herbs, Dream, Medicate Polar Bear: I’ve been stationary too long but you don't know the half of it Looking at the dark side of the moon my dog Murdoch captures it Nothing short of a disaster trip, Bethlehem to Nazareth Aint Christ but I spit nice and passionate-ly Follow my coronary Hearts beating me to death feels like a hole in my chest Cus if I was Jesus you were Judas, I'm like Caesar to your Brutus Come talk to we it's Doc and me we rocking just the two of us Preliminary precautions are gone, audibles on Redefining the game since the number one song Synonym for malevolent, never settle for less, than benevolent it’s no regrets until the death of it Rhymes are heaven sent, intelligent design's perfect, listen with caution I leave a weaker mind hurtin Shaolin Wu Tang style you'd have thought I'm Panda Bear I'm spittin from the arctic rhymes are colder over here Any time of year, notice I'm major you're minor No lie from handing out fliers, now I'm higher than the empire It's been a wild ride and I wanna keep it going, chillin thousand miles high, unlimited so fuck the sky, (haha) My possibilities are endless I'm at it once again call me Mr. Relentless And my hands, you can call em pearl necklace Wrapped around the game's throat, bout to leave her headless Murderous flow but I heed the assassin's creed, who says talk is cheap? He who hasn't heard me speak Green in abundance talkin paper and tree, one things for sure, definitely not elementary Collegiate spit leaves your knees weak, ears hurting Keep an encyclopedia close so you can research it Hear this teaser while the next song's brewing The static friction's gone, now we're finally moving.

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16. The Long And The Short Of A Part Of My Life Volume 1

  • Published: 2014-08-21T11:18:13Z
  • By coastmoor
The Long And The Short Of A Part Of My Life Volume 1

The long and the short of a part of my life: Volume 1 Christopher Sanderson Volume 1 Pull away From fire and silver sunsets Pull away From ploughed and furrowed ground Head towards The clearer big skies Head towards The soft and gentle mound Days Days to dwell at the time of dusk Days Days to warm to the smell of musk Sprays Sprays at the core or windfall husk Sprays Sprays at the call for more childhood rusk Sunlight Sprinkled Through the early summer leaves Becoming of a variegated global motif Blossom Fallen with the falling rain Becoming of a silken pink translucent emblem Taken Together Parted As ever Time slips Into dark Time slips I hear the lark Am I to tell Of a late afternoon Whose gift of joy Was so swiftly taken By the dark impounding clouds Am I to bare my soul Say that happiness fleetingly landed But was unable to stay Or gather to enrapture Bare branches Net curtains Silver white sky A painting by Mildred Bartee Natures spring shadows Hung on the alabaster wall Blue sky Jet stream Rows of mountain bikes Cigarette smoke wafts as Smokers drift along the terrace Still pond as reflector Of the YKB above As if by Magritte himself Energetic birds Sing and swoop More delicate birds Pick at the feeder I eat seed with my breakfast The plain white bowl Sits on a painted table mat A woodpecker By an unknown artist One whose royalties Are sure to have expired You give me the time Time to sit Or lay Time to breathe Or gaze Time to write Grant you The peace Inside & outside The window Windows darken Skies close To naught but absence Matisse draws the evening to a close Bright sunshine Mild frost Rabbits in the field Mist rises over the pond Sweet damp grass Fresh dew of the morning Blueberries, yoghurt, muesli Hot buttered toast Mist drawn away Blue sky reaches unbroken to the horizon Trees appear at the head of the field Am I to be Any less troubled Or how to stay calm When friction is obvious Strongly felt Sunlight through my window Look, over the pond Swifts in flight Be dazzled by their skylight dance Sea of deepest Prussian blue Line of horizon, broken By the rotunda of an island A resting place for poetry or prayer Tiredness strikes on the long road home It is time to sympathise with the years Gulls glide past the cafe window I take Americano, strong & black Stare wilful into the clear all day sky To set out again - that is my intention A face of disappointment And once again she looks disappointed Her already well overweight daughter Opts for a second piece of pecan pie Home To the big skies To the tree lined byways Hedgerows in blossom Home to the East Where loves hold lies longing Eight red lights That don't quite reach the sky Even tonight When all is clear When all is plain to see Water, elemental Steams over my body Later I will take a few lengths in the pool Am I to understand This thing called life Am I to take the rest As a sabbatical As my grandfather walked Shall I walk also Return, to sit and talk And laugh just as he did Not easy to know where to start & if I do not know where to start then where should I enquire? What should I let be the forces to take me? It seems the big question always hangs about, there but not talked of; no venture to challenge, instead I settle for an I that enjoys breath and beauty. Yet is this sufficient, are there purposes to this life still to be explored, if so what tools should I gather, to gain the certainty of discovery. Arthur cut up his bread Weighed it, before and after the spread of butter Taught me how to drink eggs - though I cannot do it now A small man, five foot four at the most Always clean shaven, thin grey hair neatly brushed Often he wore a knee length, fawn raincoat On top of a good, but old, bespoke tailor-made suit His photograph, taken at Lands End stood by the signpost That shows all the places that he and Elsie might have gone We made each other laugh, I thought he had subtle humour, I was brash. More than humour we both had a desire for learning; Arthur Kaye told me of his going to management college, to learn business skills, because the factory owners son wasn't up to it. I told him about Nikola Tesla and Michael Faraday, from my world of Electrical Engineering. Even then, thirty years ago I recognised in my grandfather a sense of calm and assurance that I continue to seek. Yet in his final days he became angst and angry, angry with the whole world; I was completely confused, some days I still am. I have the energy to make her laugh Though I doubt that to be uncommon Equally I have the power, or reserve, to wish I had not gone a step too far It is it seems, always about knowing where to start, where to end Yes I do have untrammelled enthusiasm Ability to become engrossed, carried away Without thinking to understand about the serious implications of the detail That will undoubtably follow. That is the hub of it Laughter Love Ineffective & frustrated It cannot always be someone else's fault Yet how I often I fancy myself to be blameless Scents surround the stories Soft words, softer when spoken Book, half read, beside the bed Letters on the side left unopened Bones, intact Breath approaches steady Confidence attacked Many times over More often than not The end came too soon More often than not The words could have been kinder Pre school years Post traumatic stress Families gather All along the vacation trail I am told That on a good day You can see five counties Albeit one of them is in Wales Early evening mist, draped over the hills A chill breeze drives over my shoulder I may holler as much as I wish Only the songbirds will hear Sunlight slips into the grey western sky Bluebells in waves down the bank Old trunks reach up with new leaf Rapeseed fields catch the eye Email from son number one - Stay in touch Son number two over that range of hills In cowboy black I sit alone Almost on top of the world Slight wind Maybe a zephyr Among the grasses Across the page Through my thinning hair Aircraft noise, out of sight We are dreamers, one and all Cut through or cut into the dust Party time, it is too cold to fall East And North Further than the crows flight Quieter than the crows squawk It could be that night Summer evening up on Red Hill That time, when We were together The sky was clearer Yet I doubt any nearer The time was dearer We had no need to fear Newly mown grass Cocooned in bales of hay Scent as fine as Yves Saint Laurent White cotton blouse, weighed in This is play Time almost stood still Smell of earth All about the nostrils Photographs Of bluebells Trees Horizon I Sit, or am laid out, either way it is to take the humbler point of view Yeos farm Haddon Hills Dunchideock Robert & Janet A good combination Rock Shared with moss And the beginnings Of a bilberry bush Stems touched Clung with water droplets I wait for the artist To gather his thoughts Arches Curves Mist Telegraph wires half out west Quiet Except for the babbling brook Or the aeroplanes On the cross Atlantic flight path The occasional Acceleration of a car Travelling to or from the prison A cavalcade It is important to visit While the light holds For the portrait painter Bent reeds Slight breeze Worn away boulders Relics of the flood plain The evenings horizons are transitory What appears also disappears Light falls exponential Coldness gallops through Strokes in haste; passionate youth Joined together By the pasts previous absence Great stones, about to tumble Balanced precarious Dampness and cold Sit close by, on the shoulder Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo Free of all other species Old posts by the highway Fine grass in silhouette Tune in; zoom in Smaller than the midge Slower than the slug Faster than the ant Bah, bah, bah As if in time It is their turn Deep on the moor Rise and flight Of the Canadian Goose Surely not, not a Canadian Goose Messages, or symbols, or dreams A sort of heavenly occasion Disturbed only By the apparent call for stillness The artist looks up With palette knife in hand Speed painting, in a pastoral style Back to that day by the river Two boys at play Discovered by a father often absent All through the night the grasses remain Grazed by ponies, sheep and foals The forthcoming darkness and silence Asks that rightful ownership once again descend Not cured, but stable Almost no palpitations This time of leaving Death at the roadside Stops instant The self-indulgent postulations I walk to the beach Paul and Dawn get married Sunshine dried earth Cracks the pond side track The steel band serenades Alone in the shade Of trees and scrub Sand, more as dust Fallen timber refuse Flung far from the Atlantic In the Tennyson lounge A pen & ink, of Happy Days Linked to the wedding celebration In the sunlit flooded garden Beneath the gold statue Of Napoleon on his crazy horse You forget that you have been listening As friends and silence drift and gently sway Father and daughter laugh This is easy conversation The best of times No more sitting on the fence You forget that you have been listening To tunes on the radio Family preserved variations Gulls back from the sea shore Mottled cherry blossom At float on the breeze That is all I could draw Call it abstract if you will But there is a go at tenderness An attempt at insight A feel for the message in a bottle A search for a statement of intent In between the French & Spanish dictionaries Serendipity plies her wares Shadows of the sunset years Angle-poise, poised upon the picture Painted, painted just before the dawn And that's where it stayed Caught up in indifference Trapped in some sensible profession Shunted into the yards Left to become redundant, old iron Until the sun rose on that cold day in December Stillness, silence of the crystal locked behind glass doors Matched as by the forces of equilibrium, by the matching cups and saucers Jimmy yanked Harry's arm, you could hear the crack across the street, passers by looked on with concern, had they never seen a dislocated shoulder fixed before. Jimmy asked that Harry go see his doctor in the morning, insisting that he report back to the rest of the band by tomorrow evening; but for now he would have to sit out this rehearsal. In the studio Jimmy told Harry to listen closely to the lyrics, to concentrate on the words and not the music, pressed him to seek out the possible sources for the songs story, prized him to measure, to feel if the darkness was balanced by the light. Jimmy stood aloof at the microphone, began with a whisper, stepped slowly as if following a rivers swell, before becoming a raging torrent of repetition; repetition without rhyme or reason, but louder and louder, increasingly more seemingly tormented. Occasionally Jimmy would kick out; it appeared to come from a deep subconscious, or was a reflex that no one understood; the musicians played along, clattering cymbals, thrashing guitars; then a fall back, to the soft sublime steel slide mourning wail, a sound from the deep; a lost soul sound that echoed Jimmy's cry, as if a wolf cub parted from its mother. Jimmy's mother loved him but she could not forgive his love of so many others, she was the mother who named him Benjamin, for all the wrong reasons. Jimmy had been unable to explain his insatiable desire for love to his mother; so unable were they to talk that instead they fought, and when drink was present they fought with intolerant passion; their hatred, of the desirous love of the others lovers caused wild explosions. As animals they scratched and tore at each others skin, settled only by the drawn blood and the mutual humiliation. But Jimmy showed no remorse, to the point that he became a braggart about his beastly disregard for his mothers dignity. It seemed he wanted to strip her totally of her precious dignity, Jimmy wanted to see her bare and bleeding, he wanted his band to see her bare, bleeding and in tears; he wanted all the hangers on, all the down and out and dead beats to see his mother bare, bleeding and in tears; stripped entirely, uniquely stripped by Jimmy of her precious bloody dignity. Jimmy lived for music and drink and sex (he called it love). He live so that all his waking hours were entirely consumed by activity. This had been Jimmy's lifestyle ever since escaping from therapy. Therapy that relentlessly told him that he had to learn how to be quiet, he had to learn to care, he had to learn that others needed his mothers love, and that she needed to give love to others. In therapy Jimmy was relentlessly told that he was not alone, but that had to learn to be alone. Jimmy had to learn that when his mother closed her bedroom door, with her lover in tow, that she was not forgetting him, not leaving him; except for those few frantic magical moments when she too would be lost to the world. Jimmy Named by chance O how we danced Yes how did I dance Boy did chance take me Pride and circumstance Came to that dance The chance of time Rhymed to shape me A singer A poet A musician A lover A sage All tied up with the rage The rage And the repetition Of the mindful metaphysician Trapped in his bar-less cage Morning, morning light I drive as if on vacation, light-headed Attractive blonde turns her hand From the opulence of her leather clad metallic Jaguar convertible She smiles, mischievous Gestures for me To enter onto her pubic highway Wagner, played loud This could be Mulholland Drive From the blue mountains Down to the azure sea But this is England Where I travel from the North, my homeland To the South, for most certain the land of others Traffic slows Accident signs flash Last week About to be replicated How soon before Frustration sets in Wasted time Wasted life Wasted in dreams Wasted while awake In front O'Neil Transport of Ireland All green and shamrock To the side Arwel Thomas' Heavy Haulage Heading for the bridge back to Wales Steaming past, quite slowly actually A young couple in their Hyundai Sport Coupe With twin chrome exhausts surely entwined A green triangle Backdrop for a lighter green circle Both cut through with wavy lines A logo of sorts For QDS Deliverers of land regeneration Stop, go, stop I joined the queue at 9:45 Already it is 10:30 Time lost, time wasted Time to dream Time I could have tasted Bare feet up on the dashboard Clear blue sky overhead All sunglasses and turned up stereos Stop, go, stop, step out Shorts Mobile phone Insurance details For the side-stream Supplementary shunt Shadows under the parapet Loud roar of traffic Muffled whirl of helicopter blades Lorries pulled onto the hard shoulder Go, stop, go Are we really going No, no not yet No - I really don't think so Drive by the same old faces Find a place, take a chance Finger dance To Rod Stewarts Downtown Train Fishermans' hat They left the cat at home Someone as to draw the dole To pay for this short break they've stole At the early onset of the summer Tears Tears that talk Of broken & somehow apart Tears Tears without a word Wordless so spoken So far away they smart We live, we love We hide to seek out life's compassions We love, we live Strong to weak we eke out surplus fashions Love to live Mild & meek We weep the tears Tears of the bleak Tears of the broken And the ones Awoken Yet at once departed Deep curtains, hung capricious Sentence unfamiliar voices to the dark Stark outpourings From the kestrel to the rise of lark All the while the city lights flicker Floodlit auditoriums for Sid Viscous Down the rivers and the valleys Transition town nights are suspicious Deep curtains that hold the heat Silence unfamiliar choices that bark Marker lines From the mountains to the sparks No Game How many more Snatches at the mirror How many more Changes of home Once, just once When the race was won She said well done Then left alone Founded on floundering sand Landed, but swept Wept & weeping At the weepers stone Held together By a collection of tablets A pay cheque And some thing called love Love The welcome smile of welcome Love The hugs before & after dark Love Togetherness tied together Love A life ahead with promise Catch hold of naught but air Through your body Through your mind Through your great perceptions Naught but air To speak To breathe To entire embrace with love Catch hold Deft of touch Secure of strength Capricious of capacity Body Mind Perception Swell those great perceptions A drink Another drink Feet tap to the music A song A video Dialect & Futurama Move Across the stage A better view A clearer sound Another drink Friends in conversation He sits alone Picks at the words Congratulates the singer They talk of dance Of Tango nights Sublimity of movement Through quiet streets Down lamplit lanes Paths across the garden Late night TV A bed of play and sleep To wake so very early Touch hold of this One time One more time of many Love falls easy On the eve of circumstance We talk of change He tells of miners Of minders Protection for the decision makers We are country boys Of late middle age Not yet total familiar With our obtuse journeys I talk of diabetes The patience of my grandfather As he weighed his bread He reveals the echo of his father Lad, chew your food Twenty-seven times before you swallow Today he flies to Malta (he may have flown already) Unlikely that we will ever meet again But it was sunshine, & he told me that he was gay The suitcase is gone The night is gone (Echoes here of Bukowski) The garden is neat The swallows petit All is freshness and light Where is the gone Is it the gone of the gone before The gone of the past A gone that drives writers to go on Gone to go with compulsion No doubt the perfume is gone All remnants of scent are gone Yet the wisteria, in this garden also The wisteria is anything but gone There is a stillness today Not a breath of breeze; the winds Are they gone, are the winds gone Are they gone for good Pigeons coo; I am reminded Of late Saturday afternoons Out by the farmers hayloft With Colin and Lawrence The Tinker brothers Waiting for their birds To return home from France Are their dream birds gone Is all hope of the birds return gone Is that sense of reference gone too I count seven layers of detail Between the window, to Where the land meets the sky Cars, almost on the final line Travel to and from the places That surely they must go Sure you say, it is evidently so It would suit me to sit here all day Time for the book and pencil Yet the day ahead is stencilled Where the land meets the sky I may gaze out of the meeting room window Hear the rumble of aeroplanes destination bound I might even lose my concentration Settle this one time for unconditional ground Where the land meets the sky (Almost echoes here of Larkin) Weddings of bureaucracy are my fancy A new tenth hole Across the valley Level with my window Boy the knees sure ached All those years ago Up and down the fairways In and out of the familiar rough Graham went to Malaysia Tim is where he was, more or less Me, well you know, memories Maybe it is why I write so much of mist Why it is easier to write the words of love Than to be the giver of love Maybe it is why I write born of compulsion Why the moments charge at me relentless & all trains of thought are evidently lost Bare skin, that always does it for me That and the silver blue pink tinted sky Over the hills, far beyond the distance Hear the blues guitar on the juke box The soft crack of canons on the pool table Another blue blood paradisio Praise for the Tory leaders maiden speech Yes how the country was betrayed To have built up such debt, honestly All the while, of this sickly verbose Their brand new BMW cabriolets Sit pristine in the golf club car park Thanks for the drift of smoke A barbecue in the woods Meat, red meat alive on the flames So easily I turn to anger Was it ever so with a woman My girl says I don't criticise But do I praise her enough Boy could I take a cigarette Tread out across the boardwalk decking Take a steak with cold beer And garnished tossed salad So easy it is to drink Was it ever so with vocation Not hard to be self critical But do I praise the self With such self-sufficiency Strips across the sky Jet streams over the Atlantic Smell of smoke fills the air Efforts of a local woodland cutter We could all make a case Each of us is a strategist at heart But tonight just guests in some hotel Just lovers of natures night-time beauty He moves away with his cheroot So as not to offend; times changed Thirty years ago, in Huddersfield Or anywhere else in the western world Cigarette ash trays and steel match strikers Built into Draughtsmen's drawing boards Engineers, the meekest of all the species Most often chose not to decide Moon Kate is far away Moon & sodium light Such nonsense Not to be together In the best years of our life Could we afford the liquor Would we make the time OK these nights don't turn up too often But when they do We ought to grab at them together A soft touch For the skies that drift to cloud A desire To take the steps unknown Kate would like these prints Plymouth, Devon In the style Of the Great Western railway poster Bowling green bowlers smoke Ogden's St Bruno Flake Southern Transports motto states ‘Fresh air for all’ Plymouth Hoe Plymouth Hoe Plymouth Gin Did they play with perspective Are we also so self, so self-important That we miss out on the main chance Sometimes it seems Seriousness Holds the upper hand Soft words Beneath my bedroom window Incognito, or leastways in the shadows Before the call of cat & fox pervades Incomprehensible To be apart On these fair fine evenings Time to withdraw to my sleep Set the soft words to one side Call of time misses the verandah Miranda whispers of Savannah George holds her hand, say so We may explore the Andes We might countenance a cruise The northern lights could attract us But listen George holds her hand, say so Sculptures in the Arizona desert Moon views from the planet Zorg The Himalayas should draw us close But listen George holds her hand, say so Call of time passes by the verandah Miranda, beauty by any other name George hold her hand As I held yours But listen, say so Past Bodmin Parkway station Hair stands on end It is where I met you and your children Sunshine in June Two days before Quick ticket Fast car Jet plane High speed train Tearaway taxi Slow elevator To the Fourteenth floor The critical ward Where your father lay dying A year goes by The sea was Millers visionary blue The sky of a similar But slightly lighter hue Through our apartment window The beach The cliffs The town The view I did love you But it wasn't enough Tired But anxious to write Each visit is important Tired But words push out A take-over manoeuvre Tired But eyes close; a left field response Known as the somnambulists defence Tired But happy to accept Enough is enough Anecdotes At the very next table And also behind me The camouflage boys Talk of deserts and landing beaches They describe tanks Caught in cross fire operations Passports to & from the war zone I take coffee A croissant spread with fresh honey Today is Health & Safety training day Darkness came easier than silence Insulated door pulled to Flick of the table lamp switch There you have it Intense black Complete & utter absence of light Yet sit back, in the armchair Hear the children call Hear birds in the garden Hear the wind Whistle over the rooftops Hear the heartbeat Followed by the breath Drawn a little slimmer Stillness comes and goes It is a pleasure Yet to hold on to Damn those undercurrents Feel the need to move, to do To make a gesture To talk, to work To graft In some way, shape, or form Hear the clock tick-tock Hear the car drive by Hear the singer On the radio Hear the drumbeat Followed by the love Drawn a little thinner Howl, continuum of vibration In the roof-space Down the chimney Also Amongst the physical being Just to talk to you To think of you Just that brought a smile To a noisy day; worked out In the search for ambient silence All Poetry © copyright Christopher Sanderson 2104 All rights reserved

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17. Numbers 17-18 (The Budding of Aaron’s Rod & Laws Pertaining to Priests and Levites)

Numbers 17-18 (The Budding of Aaron’s Rod & Laws Pertaining to Priests and Levites)

Numbers 17 - The Budding of Aaron’s Rod A. The test commanded. 1. (1-3) Gathering rods, identified with each tribe. And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel, and get from them a rod from each father’s house, all their leaders according to their fathers’ houses; twelve rods. Write each man’s name on his rod. And you shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each father’s house.” a. Get from them a rod from each father’s house: A rod was a symbol of authority, because shepherds would use a rod to guide and correct the sheep (Psalm 23:4). i. Moses, as a shepherd, had a rod in his hand when tending sheep in the wilderness (Exodus 4:2); this rod later became known as the rod of God - a symbol of the authority God gave to Moses (Exodus 4:20). ii. This same rod demonstrated Moses’ authority in action, by miraculously becoming a serpent, and then becoming a rod again (Exodus 7:9-10), by turning the waters of the Nile into blood (Exodus 7:17), by bringing forth plagues of frogs (Exodus 8:5) lice (Exodus 8:16-17), hail (Exodus 9:23), and locusts (Exodus 10:13); God commanded Moses to raise the rod over the Red Sea when it was to be parted (Exodus 14:16), the rod that was raised in prayer over Israel in victorious battle (Exodus 17:9), the rod that struck the rock and brought forth water (Numbers 20:11); the rod is a picture of God’s authority over man (Psalm 2:9, 23:4, 89:32; Isaiah 10:24; 11:4, Ezekiel 20:37); Jesus, in His divine authority, is given the title “the Rod” (Isaiah 1:11; Micah 6:9); the rod is an emblem of an apostle’s authority in the church (1 Corinthians 4:21). b. Write each man’s name on his rod. And you shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi: In gathering rods, and inscribing each with the name of a tribe, and on Levi’s rod inscribing Aaron’s name, God would declare which tribe possessed priestly authority by choosing one of the rods. This was the issue at hand in light of Korah’s rebellion. 2. (4-5) The rods to be placed in the tabernacle for God’s choosing. “Then you shall place them in the tabernacle of meeting before the Testimony, where I meet with you. And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel, which they make against you.” a. The rod of the man whom I choose will blossom: Not only would this obviously be a miraculous sign, the blossoming of dead wood spoke of fruitfulness. Fruitfulness - miraculous fruitfulness - is present when godly authority and leadership is being practiced. b. Thus I will rid Myself of the murmurings: This did not mean that after this, the children of Israel would never complain again. But God, having demonstrated more than sufficient evidence to the murmurers, would no longer regard their murmuring. Indeed, He would then judge their murmuring. i. Murmurers (complainers) are rarely satisfied by evidence or the resolution of one issue. Complainers are not issue-motivated, though they claim to be and appear to be; they are heart-motivated. They murmur because they have complaining, discontent hearts. The complaining heart is demonstrated when people murmur about one issue after another, never being satisfied. ii. So, God will give them an unmistakable answer to this matter of contention - then rid Himself of their murmurings. B. The test vindicates Aaron as God’s priestly leader. 1. (6-7) The rods are placed before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness. So Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and each of their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. And Moses placed the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness. 2. (8-9) The budding of Aaron’s rod. Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD to all the children of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod. a. And behold, the rod of Aaron: When Moses checked on the rods the next day, Aaron’s rod - and only Aaron’s rod - had sprouted. It not only sprouted, it had put forth buds. It had not only put forth buds, it had produced blossoms. It had not only produced blossoms, it had yielded . . . almonds. It had not only yielded almonds, it yielded ripe almonds! i. This was a place where a “small” miracle would have been convincing. After all, God could have merely made a little green sprout come forth from Aaron’s rod alone, and that would have - or should have - been enough. ii. But God gave, as in the words of Acts 1:3, many infallible proofs, to demonstrate His approval of Aaron’s leadership. God gives us more than enough evidence; our problem is a lack of willingness to see what He has made clear. iii. “We are probably to understand that some parts were in bud, other in bloom and others had fruited.” (Wenham) Fruit from a godly leader may come in all different stages. iv. There is nothing remarkable about a piece of wood with buds, blossoms, or fruit on it. But a piece of dead wood with all these things appearing in one night after sitting in a tent is remarkable. “Miracles in the Bible are often of this sort: natural events in unnatural conditions, timing, and placement.” (Allen) b. Behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted: God’s choice of Aaron’s rod did not mean that Aaron was the most spiritual man in the nation. God’s chosen leaders will have godly character according to the principles of 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9, but it wasn’t a contest to determine the most spiritual man among them. i. It also did not mean that Aaron had not and would not sin or fail significantly. God’s chosen leaders may fail (we do not believe in the Roman Catholic idea of “papal” or “pastoral” infallibility), but must set things right when they fail. ii. It meant Aaron was God’s chosen priest, and the nation was required to recognize it. c. Each man took his rod: This was a dramatic scene. Each murmurer from the different tribe took his rod, and clearly saw that his had not budded or borne fruit, and that Aaron’s had. 3. (10-11) The command to preserve Aaron’s rod in the ark of the covenant. And the LORD said to Moses, “Bring Aaron’s rod back before the Testimony, to be kept as a sign against the rebels, that you may put their complaints away from Me, lest they die.” Thus did Moses; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did. a. To be kept as a sign against the rebels: The rod of Aaron was to be kept as a museum piece, to remind the children of Israel that God had chosen a priesthood, and nothing would change that - Aaron’s priesthood would always be Aaron’s priesthood. i. If God demonstrated His choice of Aaron and his descendants as priests for Israel, how can Jesus be our high priest, as Hebrews 2:17 says? Because Jesus is a high priest of the order of Melchizedek, not Aaron (Hebrews 7). b. Bring Aaron’s rod back before the Testimony: Aaron’s rod was to be kept in the ark of the covenant, as another example of Israel’s failure and rebellion. When God looked down from heaven into the ark, He saw emblems of Israel’s sin: The tablets of law they broke, the manna they complained about, and Aaron’s rod meant to answer their rebellion. The covering blood of sacrifice was applied to the lid covering over these reminders of Israel’s sin, so God “saw” the blood “covering” their sin, and atonement was made. 4. (12-13) The reaction of the children of Israel. So the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, “Surely we die, we perish, we all perish! Whoever even comes near the tabernacle of the LORD must die. Shall we all utterly die?” a. Surely we die, we perish, we all perish: This shows they the people of Israel were clearly convicted of their sin. They now clearly knew that it was wrong to rebel against the leadership of Aaron. b. Shall we all utterly die? After seeing all what God did in the rebellion of Korah - destroying Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, along with their 250 followers among the leading men of Israel; the retrieval and hammering out of the censers for a covering on the altar; the plague destroying 14,700 of those who sympathized with Korah and his followers, and the miraculous confirmation of Aaron’s priesthood - the people fear they are next to be judged, which was not an unreasonable fear. i. This kind of hysterical fear doesn’t necessarily mean their hearts were changed. This will not be the last account of a complaining, murmuring Israel. This shows that dramatic events don’t take away our complaining and rebelliousness. The heart has to be changed by God. Numbers 18 - Laws Pertaining to Priests and Levites A. Responsibilities of the priests and the Levites. 1. (1) The priests are accountable for the sanctuary and the priesthood. Then the LORD said to Aaron: “You and your sons and your father’s house with you shall bear the iniquity related to the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear the iniquity associated with your priesthood. a. You and your sons and your father’s house: The priests - that is, Aaron, his sons, and their descendants - shall bear the iniquity related to the sanctuary, and the priesthood. They were accountable to God. b. You shall bear the iniquity: This is the other side of Aaron’s prerogative as the chosen priest of God, as demonstrated with the budding of the rod in chapter 17. Moses had authority from God; but he also had accountability. i. God never gives authority without accountability; the two always go together. If God gives someone headship and expects others to submit to them in His order, God also has a special accountability for that person. 2. (2-7) The Levites are God’s chosen helpers for the priests in their ministry at the altar and tabernacle. “Also bring with you your brethren of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, that they may be joined with you and serve you while you and your sons are with you before the tabernacle of witness. They shall attend to your needs and all the needs of the tabernacle; but they shall not come near the articles of the sanctuary and the altar, lest they die; they and you also. They shall be joined with you and attend to the needs of the tabernacle of meeting, for all the work of the tabernacle; but an outsider shall not come near you. And you shall attend to the duties of the sanctuary and the duties of the altar, that there may be no more wrath on the children of Israel. Behold, I Myself have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel; they are a gift to you, given by the LORD, to do the work of the tabernacle of meeting. Therefore you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for everything at the altar and behind the veil; and you shall serve. I give your priesthood to you as a gift for service, but the outsider who comes near shall be put to death.” a. Bring with you your brethren of the tribe of Levi: Aaron himself was of the tribe of Levi. While only he and his descendants were given the priesthood, the whole tribe of Levi had a special calling to help Aaron and the priests. b. That they may be joined with you and serve you: The Levites were the support people for the ministry of the priests. They didn’t have the prominent position, but were important for their behind-the-scenes service. c. They shall not come near the articles of the sanctuary and the altar: The Levites were not allowed to do what the priests did. In the same way, the New Testament says we are all different “parts” of the body, each with particular gifts and callings (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). B. The privileges of the priests and the Levites. 1. (8-20) The firstborn and the devoted portions belong to the priest. And the LORD spoke to Aaron: “Here, I Myself have also given you charge of My heave offerings, all the holy gifts of the children of Israel; I have given them as a portion to you and your sons, as an ordinance forever. This shall be yours of the most holy things reserved from the fire: every offering of theirs, every grain offering and every sin offering and every trespass offering which they render to Me, shall be most holy for you and your sons. In a most holy place you shall eat it; every male shall eat it. It shall be holy to you. This also is yours: the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel; I have given them to you, and your sons and daughters with you, as an ordinance forever. Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it. All the best of the oil, all the best of the new wine and the grain, their firstfruits which they offer to the LORD, I have given them to you. Whatever first ripe fruit is in their land, which they bring to the LORD, shall be yours. Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it. Every devoted thing in Israel shall be yours. Everything that first opens the womb of all flesh, which they bring to the LORD, whether man or beast, shall be yours; nevertheless the firstborn of man you shall surely redeem, and the firstborn of unclean animals you shall redeem. And those redeemed of the devoted things you shall redeem when one month old, according to your valuation, for five shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty GERAHS. But the firstborn of a cow, the firstborn of a sheep, or the firstborn of a goat you shall not redeem; they are holy. You shall sprinkle their blood on the altar, and burn their fat as an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma to the LORD. And their flesh shall be yours, just as the wave breast and the right thigh are yours. All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as an ordinance forever; it is a covenant of salt forever before the LORD with you and your descendants with you.” Then the LORD said to Aaron: “You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.” a. Here, I Myself have also given you charge of My heave offerings: The heave offerings were brought to God as part of the peace offering (Exodus 29:28, Leviticus 7:14), a Nazirite’s consecration offering (Numbers 6:20), and for thanksgiving (Numbers 15:19-21). In the heave offering, a choice portion of the animal (the breast or the thigh) was heaved or waved before the LORD. i. Afterwards, that choice portion of the meat was for the priest and his family, and was considered holy - so it had to be eaten in the holy place. b. Every offering of theirs: The priest also received portions from the grain offering and sin offering and trespass offering; gifts of oil, wine, and grain, and ripe fruit from the firstfruits offerings were also to be given to the priests. This was how the priesthood was supported in Israel. c. Everything that first opens the womb of all flesh: When the firstborn was brought to the tabernacle, either to be given or redeemed with money, it also belonged to the priest. d. I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as an ordinance forever: All of these belonged to the priests, and it was vitally important the children of Israel fulfill their obligation to bring these things - God calls it a covenant of salt forever. i. Salt speaks of purity, of preservation, and of expense. So, a covenant of salt is a pure covenant (salt stays a pure chemical compound), a covenant of salt is an enduring covenant (salt makes things preserve and endure), and a covenant of salt is a valuable covenant (salt was expensive). ii. Spurgeon on the covenant of salt: “By which was meant that it was an unchangeable, incorruptible covenant, which would endure as salt makes a thing to endure, so that it is not liable to putrefy or corrupt.” iii. According to custom, a bond of friendship was established through the eating of salt. It was said that once you had eaten a man’s salt, you were his friend for life. e. You shall have no inheritance in their land: While the priests had the right to receive much, he also was deprived of inheritance in their land; they had no permanent portion of land given to them, because God said I am your portion and your inheritance. i. What a precious place, to say “the LORD is my portion!” O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot (Psalm 16:5). My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26). I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living” (Psalm 142:5). ii. When God is our portion, He is our inheritance - our hope, who we trust for our future. We are satisfied in Him. Since we are all a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), we all have the LORD for our portion. 2. (21-24) Tithes given to the Levites. “Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting. Hereafter the children of Israel shall not come near the tabernacle of meeting, lest they bear sin and die. But the Levites shall perform the work of the tabernacle of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a statute forever, throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance. For the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer up as a heave offering to the LORD, I have given to the Levites as an inheritance; therefore I have said to them, ‘Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.’“ a. I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel: God commanded the tithes (a giving of ten percent of one’s income) be given to the Levites for their support. The tithes belong to God (He says I have given, so they are His to give), but He gives them to the Levites. i. When an Israelite was not giving their tithe, they were not robbing the Levite - though the money ended up with them. They were robbing God (Malachi 3:8-10), because God received the tithe from the giver, and He gave it to the Levite. ii. Some today think the tithe, since it went to support the Levites (who were, in a sense, government workers in ancient Israel), is covered by government taxes of today, and that free-will giving mentioned in the Old Testament answers to the New Testament emphasis on giving. We can say that the New Testament nowhere specifically commands tithing, but it certainly does speak of it in a positive light, if it is done with a right heart (Luke 11:42). iii. It is also important to understand that tithing is not a principle dependent on the Mosaic law; as Hebrews 7:5-9 explains, tithing was practiced and honored by God before the law of Moses. iv. What the New Testament does speak with great clarity on is the principle of giving; that giving should be regular, planned, proportional, and private (1 Corinthians 16:1-4); that it must be generous, freely given, and cheerful (2 Corinthians 9). v. Since the New Testament doesn’t emphasize tithing, one might not be strict on it for Christians (though some Christians do argue against tithing on the basis of self-interest); but since giving is to be proportional, we should be giving some percentage - and ten percent is a good benchmark - and starting place! For some to give ten percent is nowhere near enough; for others, at their present time, five percent may be a massive step of faith. vi. If our question is, “How little can I give and still be pleasing to God?” our heart isn’t in the right place at all. We should have the attitude of some early Christians, who essentially said: “We’re not under the tithe - we can give more!” Giving and financial management is a spiritual issue, not just a financial one (Luke 16:11). b. In return for the work which they perform: The tithes were also given by God as pay to the Levites, not as gifts. Because the Levites had dedicated themselves to the service of God, the people of God, and the things of God, it was right they be supported by God - through the tithes of the children of Israel. i. In return for the work which they perform means the Levites had the “right” to expect to be supported through the tithe. Paul presents the same principle for ministers of the gospel in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 9:7-14); yet also shows that when it is better for the gospel, the right should be willingly laid down for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 9:15). ii. However, once every three years, the tithe was collected and distributed not only to the Levites, but also to the poor and needy among Israel (Deuteronomy 14:28-29). c. The Levites shall perform the work of the tabernacle of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity: This shows that the Levites also had a special responsibility. If they were to be supported through the tithe, they had to do the job, and do it with diligence. i. There are probably few things worse than one supported through the gifts of God’s people who is lazy at his job; if a man is robbing his employer by laziness, how much more a minister of the gospel. d. Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance: Just as with the priests, it was a trade-off. The Levites did not have the best of both worlds; they did not have a personal inheritance of land as the other tribes did. i. Those who are supported through the giving of God’s people should expect that they would not have the best of both worlds; they will not be wealthy in this life, though they should be comfortable. It is wrong for the congregation to keep the pastor “humble” through poverty, and just as wrong for the pastor to be using the gifts of God’s people to live above God’s people. 3. (25-32) The Levites tithe to the priests. Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak thus to the Levites, and say to them: ‘When you take from the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall offer up a heave offering of it to the LORD, a tenth of the tithe. And your heave offering shall be reckoned to you as though it were the grain of the threshing floor and as the fullness of the winepress. Thus you shall also offer a heave offering to the LORD from all your tithes which you receive from the children of Israel, and you shall give the Lord’s heave offering from it to Aaron the priest. Of all your gifts you shall offer up every heave offering due to the LORD, from all the best of them, the consecrated part of them.’ Therefore you shall say to them: ‘When you have lifted up the best of it, then the rest shall be accounted to the Levites as the produce of the threshing floor and as the produce of the winepress. You may eat it in any place, you and your households, for it is your reward for your work in the tabernacle of meeting. And you shall bear no sin because of it, when you have lifted up the best of it. But you shall not profane the holy gifts of the children of Israel, lest you die.’“ a. A tenth of the tithe: The Levites themselves were not exempt from tithing. They were also to give a tenth (and the best of them given as the tenth) due to the LORD, and the LORD gave it to the priests. i. It was important for the Levites to learn how to be givers also; just because they were supported through the giving of God’s people, it did not mean they didn’t need to give. We all need to learn how to be givers, because God is a giver, and we are being transformed into the image of Jesus. b. Of all your gifts you shall offer up every heave offering due to the LORD: We are not told if the priests were to tithe from what they received; presumably they did not - because what belonged to the priests was considered holy, and not to be used by others outside the priestly families. i. This chapter clearly shows that the obligation of the Israelite to give was far more than just the tithe (the giving of ten percent); the Israelite also had to give firstfruits (Numbers 18:12) of all their produce and the firstborn (Numbers 18:15) of their flocks and herds, portions of each that went to the priests and/or Levites. ii. Firstborn and firstfruits were “risky” giving; your land might not yield much more produce, and your cow or ewe might not give birth again - yet the first still belonged to God, and was given to the priests. God promised to bless this giving of the firstfruits and firstborn in faith: Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9-10) iii. This wasn’t the end of Israel’s required giving; they were also told to leave a portion of their fields unharvested so the poor could eat from those portions (Leviticus 19:9-10), a Passover sacrifice was required from each family every year (Exodus 12:43-47), sometimes a temple tax was required (Nehemiah 10:32-33), or a special tribute (Numbers 32:28-29). iv. It is hard to estimate exactly how much the firstfruits and firstborn obligations amounted to; it would differ from family to family. But the actual required giving of Israel was far more than ten percent (the tithe). v. Some say that Deuteronomy 12:6 speaks of another ten percent given (sometimes called the “festival tithe”), but in context Deuteronomy 12 is only speaking of where to bring the tithe, not commanding an additional one to be brought; others have said Deuteronomy 14:28-29 speaks of another tithe (sometimes called the “poor tithe”) to be brought every three years, but since it speaks of the tithe, and since it also goes to the Levite and not just to the poor, it is best to understand that this is not an additional tithe, but a command that once every three years the tithe also be available to the poor, not just to the Levite. vi. Besides the required giving, Israel was asked to give free-will offerings: This chapter speaks of willingly given sacrifices, of which the heave offering went to the priests (Numbers 18:9-11). vii. This wasn’t the end of Israel’s voluntary giving; they also were asked to give for special projects (like the building of the tabernacle, Exodus 35:4-9), and free-will giving to the poor.

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