“Their fellow Levites were assigned to all the other duties of the tabernacle, the house of God. But Aaron and his descendants were the ones who presented offerings on the altar of burnt offerings and on the altar of incense in connection with all that was done in the Most Holy Place, making atonement for Israel, in accordance with all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.” (1st Chronicles6:48–49)
Congregational worship requires preparation and leadership. God designated that certain individuals should preside over public worship. This order of priests carried out the ritual and ceremony of worship. A tension developed between the spiritual and ritualistic aspects of worship.
The prophets represented the spiritual, and the priests of the Temple represented the ritualistic. This very tension revealed that both aspects were necessary. In the New Testament we see this position expressed in the person of the apostles, elders, bishops, and pastors of the early church and equipped each individual to be “priests.”
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, in the transition of the Old Testament to the New Testament, You clarified the positions in the church and also the responsibilities for everyone, so as to keep everyone aware of their responsibilities and authority; what they could and could not do. You even equipped each individual to be a priest in Your church. This, we ask in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God doesn’t make mistakes, but He can correct ours!”
“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you walk in my ways and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.’” (Zechariah3:7)
Worship leaders play an essential role for the purpose of leading God’s people. God expects them to be strong, ethical, and moral examples for His people. Moral living give authority to lead worship.
“It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians4:11-13)
The New Testament teaches that God ordained leaders in the church. Their purpose is to equip each individual believer to be a priest. This great doctrine of the priesthood of the believer means hat every individual Christian has direct access to God through Christ Jesus.
Jesus is the one Mediator between God and us (1st Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.’). We need no human mediator between God and us.
Second Thought of the Day:
“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Christ Jesus. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that yo may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now yo have received mercy.” (1st Peter 2:5, 9-10)
God promised Moses that His covenant people Israel would be “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus19:6). That promise is fulfilled in the New Testament by the church, the ideal Israel. The disciples of Christ are “a royal priesthood” and “a holy nation.” The priest’s responsibility is to represent God before the world and the world before God. Priests present offerings/sacrifices to God; teach the people God’s way of life for them; deal with the sin problem for God’s people.
Jesus solved the “sin problem” once and for all, destroying the barrier which barred God’s people from direct access to Him. Thus, each believer became responsible to go to God: confessing sins and receiving forgiveness; live a holy life representing the holy God before the world; to praise God in word and action; to study God’s Word and teach it to others. Thus through Christ’s church has become the Israel of God, each member fulfilling a priestly role. This did not eliminate the need for a priest, just that we work along with our priest to be examples to the world around us, that we serve God through the Lord Jesus Christ.