“So the people of Israel gave the Levites the cities with their pasturelands. They gave by lot out of the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin these cities …” (v64-65). Unique among all the tribes, the Levites were not given an entire parcel of land for themselves. Instead, their villages and farms were scattered all throughout the other tribal territories. The priests lived among the people, and when they took their turn at Temple service, they also represented all the people before the Lord in worship and sacrifice.
God’s people no longer need human priests to “make atonement” for us (v49); our High Priest, Jesus the Messiah, made atonement for our sins and represents us constantly before the Father.