Thursday, 25 June 2015

Your call to Priesthood!

“So I will consecrate the Tent of Meeting and the altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests.” (Exodus 29:44)

The setting up of the priesthood at the time of Moses models the call of even Christ’s newest follower! Every believer becomes part of ‘a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ’ (1 Peter 2: 5).

And just as there were certain stages that were necessary in the Old Testament procedures involving the priests’ responsibilities, so too within our modern Christian context:

. Aaron and his priestly sons could not enter upon their duties until they had been washed (Exodus 29:4). This is equally necessary for today’s believer; we cannot be useful until we are cleansed afresh by the blood of Christ.

. The various garments that Aaron and his sons were required to wear (v. 5-9) distinguished them for what they were – priests of the God of holiness. Christians may ask themselves, “Is my resemblance to Christ by word and attitude enough to mark me out as someone set apart for His service.

This is set out in verse 7. In the case of the Christian believer this ‘anointing’ has already taken place (2 Corinthians 1:21,22; 1 John 2:20). The Holy Spirit has come into life and personality - and from Day One we are anointed for priesthood!

4. THE OFFERING – (OUR SERVICE). The sacrifices that the priests of old were required to offer (v. 10-28) find their counterpart in the prayerful service of God that is our privilege (Psalm 141:2).

The reward for faithful service (v. 45,46) is that God will dwell with us!