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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Leviticus 8: What it means to be a 'priest' unto God

Good evening girls! Here we are in the middle of a 'wintry' week here in Northern Ireland! We thought spring/summer had finally landed but it looks like the winter woolies are still needed! Today I'd like to welcome two new followers, Gillian and Tracey ☺. You are both very welcome girls, we are glad to have you with us and hope you enjoy our studies here on this blog. You may have joined us at a difficult section of God's Word, Leviticus, but hopefully you'll get stuck in and follow through as we look for a special word from the Lord to our hearts each day.

There are three very simple thoughts that I got from this chapter.

First, we read here that Aaron and his sons were being consecrated (set apart for a special job) and the only way this could have happened was by God calling them to this particular task. It is only those who were the descendants of Levi, those who were born into the family of the Levites, who could be in this special and honoured position. This made me think that only those who have been born again into the family of God through faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ can be a priest unto God. He is the ultimate high priest who makes atonement for our souls by His sacrifice on the cross and by trusting in Him, we also become priests to serve Him.

Secondly, you will see (especially if you highlight and colour-code your Bible) that there are 6 instances where 'obedience' to the Lord is concerned. God gave exact directions to Moses to pass on to Aaron and his sons, and Moses did "as the Lord commanded" him. He didn't leave any bits out, he didn't add his own bits in...he just obeyed completely and perfectly. God requires us to follow His directions through to the letter, so when He says "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart", He means with all our heart, not just a small percentage of it! When He says "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved", He means believe (or have faith in) the Lord Jesus, not in our own good works to get salvation.

Thirdly, I have learned from this chapter (as from many others in God's Word) how much He loves to hear His children pray. I don't know about you, but I love certain smells! I love scented candles, Coco Mademoiselle perfume and gorgeous smelling hand creams! When their scent reaches me, it gives me a feeling of contentment because generally I associate these smells with good memories, such as being on holiday or receiving these things as a gift from a loved one. This is just a small illustration of what I think it must be like for our Heavenly Father when he hears us coming to Him with our heartfelt petitions. It rejoices His heart because it shows Him that we love Him and need Him in our lives, that we are dependent on Him and most especially that we are aware that He is the only one who can satisfy our needs and answer our prayers. He loves it that we have come to Him with our worries and concerns instead of going elsewhere such as to a false god or the god of some cult.

Prayer matters:
♥   Pray that the Lord will help your friends and family to see their need of coming to the Lord Jesus Christ in faith if they are ever to be a part of His family; if you are already saved, ask Him to teach you the great privilege that it is for you to be chosen by Him and what a service you can do for Him. As a 'priest' you can call upon God to save your loved ones.
♥   Ask Him to help you to always follow His commands fully, not just picking out the bits you like or that appeal to you.
♥   Ask God the Father to show you the importance of prayer and how much it pleases Him to hear from you

Hugs, Karen x

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