Thursday, August 25, 2016
Pastor's notes--A look at the priesthood of God.
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Rev 1:6)(1)
Greetings. I want to share with you about the priesthood and it's importance. While much can be said about Rev 1:6, I want to focus on two words---Kings and Priests. The word "King" denotes power and authority and we have been exposed to multitudes of teachings regarding this subject but not much on the "Priest" aspect.
To understand the priesthood, let's look at the Old testament and the following verse below--
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. (Exo 19:6)
If you read the Old testament accounts of Israel, they forsook their calling and God had to come up with Plan B--Raise up a priesthood out of the seed of Aaron. (Numbers 3:1-3) Sad state of affairs but what happened to Israel that disqualified them from being a nation of priests? Upon a careful study of the word priest, we find the answer.
The Hebrew word for priest is Cohen. The root word means to draw nigh to serve. Please bear this in mind because when Israel had a choice to draw near to God, they drew back. They preferred Moses to speak to them (Exo 20:19) This little incident caused Israel to lose their calling and privilege of hearing God face to face. In return, God had to go to Plan B and raise up Aaron and his seed. Upon further study, the failure of Israel not drawing nigh to God caused them to get further away from him and get deeper into sin.
Beloved, exercise your priesthood by drawing nigh to God. Serve him with praise and worship. Make it a point to hear from God and follow through with his instructions. You have the privilege of hearing from God and experiencing his presence. As you practice this, do not be surprised if you get addicted to his presence. It can be a life-altering experience that will bless you and your seed to come. God bless.
(1) Verses courtesy of www.biblegateway.com
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