Tag Archives: a kingdom of priests

February 26; Encamped Around

Numbers 1-2

There are many verses in the Bible that refer to believers as a kingdom of priests. Exodus 19:6; I Peter 2:5&9; Revelation 1:6, 5:10 are only a few that liken our privileges and responsibilities as God’s children to that of a priesthood.

So I think it’s important for us to pay attention to what Scripture has to say about Old Testament priests. God uses them to draw us a picture as an example of what we are to look like this side of the cross.

Like here in Numbers 1:47-53. It’s a short paragraph, but it says so much. What it describes is the Levites’ responsibilty to protect and care for the Tabernacle of the Testimony. Not just the structure, but every utensil, every bowl, every thing concerning the sanctuary.

And (I love this picture) they were to pitch their own tents around the tabernacle. They became a human shield, not only to protect the holy structure, but to protect the people from encroaching on holy ground.

Anyone else who goes near it (the tabernacle) shall be put to death.

We know that the Tabernacle was the place where God lived on Earth until the Temple was built, and until Jesus’ death on the cross ripped the veil in two so that we have access to God. It was the job of the priests to protect the Presence, to care for that which represented the Truth.

Today, that responsibility falls on our shoulders. How do you think we are doing as a kingdom of priests, God’s Church in 2019? Are we protecting the Truth of who God is? Have we become a human shield that keeps Satan’s lies out of our midst? Do we even care if God is being misrepresented, maligned, and ignored in our world?

If we allow the world, non-priests (which are non-believers) to infiltrate our churches with their watered down versions of Scripture, or their lies, we are opening them up to be put to death. A serious, devastating eternal death. And we will not have done our job.

May we become that human shield, encamped around the Truth, defending it with fierce determination. God has not changed since He visited Earth in that Tabernacle of the Testimony. He is still Holy. He is still True. His ways are still the only way. May we be faithful to protect it with our eternal souls.

Feb 8 – Seriously

Exodus 28-29

God is serious about His priests being holy, consecrated, pure, set apart. This is quite a ceremony described in the verses we read today. Every inch of their clothes had to be just so, every bit of a sacrificed animal had to be accounted for, the blood, the oil, the gemstones, the bread, every detail had to be followed exactly as God commanded.

I am convicted. As a Christian I have the privilege of being a member of God’s holy priesthood, my body a temple of God, set apart to represent Him. But I don’t always take my position in Christ as seriously as what I read today.

Maybe it’s true that we don’t tend to appreciate those things that come easily as much as we do that which involves effort, struggle, intention. My position in Christ was given to me through grace when I repented of my sins and asked Jesus to be my Savior. I don’t walk around with that heavy uniform Aaron wore. I am clothed with Jesus’ righteousness.

But I needed to read this portion of Scripture today to remind me that my salvation came at a very high price. What I read in such detail here is exactly what Jesus’ death on the cross fulfilled in my life.

I owe it to my Savior to be just as serious, as respectful, and worshipful as were Aaron and his sons when they were consecrated for service. I never want to take for granted that which cost Jesus His life.

Dearest Savior, I am  humbled today as I read what steps Aaron, as Your priest, took in order to be consecrated for service, and what details were required for the sacrifices. You did that for me when I was still a sinner. Let me serve You today as You deserve. I want to be an effective priest in Your kingdom.