Meditation

11/03/2021

Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites. So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak. The people all responded together, ‘We will do everything the Lord has said.’ So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.” (Exodus 19:5-8)

All God’s people share a common vocation. We are priests, dedicated to revealing the holy God to all the world. As priests we must accept witnessing, teaching, worshiping, and interceding responsibilities for the nations. Priests should not be seal-centered. We are to be God-centered and people-centered. Our task is to witness and pray until all people know and serve God. Holy living is an important part of that witness. Israel promised to accept the identity as holy priests, but they did not act on their promise. To e part of God’s kingdom we must function as His priests.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, God spoke regularly, but in this distance, He told Moses specific wording to give the people, for them to clearly understand and then willingly commit to His command. Moses called the elders together and they gave the words to the people and they all cried to the Lord that they would commit to this offer from the Lord. However, their words were empty and they did not follow through with their commitment. Abba, we are Your people and we call out to you this day, that we accept the priesthood You have offered and seek You help in keeping this commitment today and in the future, with Your wisdom and guidance. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Only one life, ’twill soon be past—-Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

KNOWING GOD:

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1st Timothy 2:5)

Religion has traditionally employed holy man to act as priests who serve as mediator or go between to maintain proper relationships between God and humans. Such holy priests prayed, taught, and offered sacrifices on behalf of the larger community. God taught Israel how to do this in a way which would please Him until the appropriate time came for Him to send Christ. Christ offered sacrifice of Himself, totally pleasing God. No other sacrifice was necessary. This made Him the perfect Mediator, speaking to God continually on our behalf. His perfect teachings are given all people, not just the initiated scribes and leaders. This means Christ has opened a new and living way for us to go to God. We do not have to pray to, confess to, or depend on the offerings of other humans. We have the priestly rights and rites for our selves. We have the privilege and responsibility to pray directly to Christ, to confess sins directly to Christ, to study, interpret, and follow Christ’s teachings for ourselves, and to depend on Christ’s sacrifice and noting else for our salvation. No one can do our religion for us, no matter how much Christ directly and with Him alone. We still have churches that lead us in worship, that teach God’s Word, and some take confessions by corporate ways, or by a priest, but the reality is that we have already had this ability for a very long time.

I AM:

You also, like living stone, are being built into a spiritual home to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you 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 you 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.” This promise is fulfilled in the New Testament by the church, the ideal Israel. The disciple or followers of Christ are “a royal priesthood” and “a holy nation.” Priests presented offerings or sacrifices to God; taught the people God’s way of life; dealt with the sin problems. Ancient Israel even had a professional class of priests waiting for the day the whole nation would assume priestly duties. Jesus Christ dealt with the sin problem once and for all, destroying the need for special atonement’s and breaking down the barriers baring God’s people from direct access to Him. Believers became responsible to go to God directly to confess sin and receive forgiveness; to live a holy life representing the holy God before the sinful world; to praise God in word and deed, thus offering spiritual sacrifices since animal sacrifice were no long needed; to study God’s Word and teach it to others. Are you beginning to understand the enormity of what Christ did for us? I pray so.

SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat,. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to life a finger to move them. Everything they do is done for men to see. They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments quets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them “Rabbi.” But you are not to be called “Rabbi,” for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father, ‘ for you have one Father and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:1-11)

Beloved all Christians are brothers and sisters, serving one another. No individual follower of Christ or even a band of followers is above any other. There is no priestly class because Christ Jesus is the only Mediator between God and us. We are not to seek important titles which distinguished us from or elevate us above others. We are not to set up rules and regulations for other to meet an y which we can judge other. Christ followers do nothing to parade their own worth and power in front of others. We must be God-pleasers. Humble service, not worldly recognition, identifies Christian disciples

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