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Monday, 18 May 2015

Leviticus 21: The holiness of the priests



Good morning girls! I do hope you all had a good weekend and are up and ready for another brand new week in your life! Life is busy, isn't it? But I hope you are able to make time to sit with your bible and get close to the Lord. The key words here are "make time". I know I can make time for all the things I need to do in my busy week but the most important thing on my to-do list that I just MUST make time for is my quiet time with the Lord. I absolutely NEED to make sure I read His Word and spend time in prayer. I know that if I fail in this, I just don't feel right in myself.

Our memory verse for this week is Leviticus 21:6, taken from today's chapter. Chapters 18 - 20 focused on the life that a Christian should strive to live and now in chapter 21, we are back to see what more God has to say to the priests and the high priest He has ordained to be separate and to serve Him. Of course we know that these verses apply to us too because we are His priests. Revelation 1:5,6 says (referring to the Lord Jesus Christ),
"Unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
Once again, as in many other verses throughout the book of Leviticus, we are brought face to face with God's holiness and our duty to follow His teachings and laws which direct us to be holy like Him. The priests had a very specialized job to do and in so doing, they had to keep themselves from defilement. They most certainly could not come before a holy God with their body or clothes defiled. They were coming into the holy place to seek atonement for the sins of the people and so had to be clean themselves. There was huge privilege in carrying out the duties of the priests and with this privilege came great responsibility. Anyone who is in office in the church and has been set apart by God and called to do a particular task for Him, also has great responsibility to have a good testimony before the people. Rather than criticizing and finding fault with those in office, we would be better praying for them and asking the Lord to keep them humble and equipped for the job they have to do.

Did you find verses 16 - 24 strange? It took me a while to understand them. It's not that God is against anyone with a disability as we have already seen in Leviticus 19:14, but it seems that, because this was a very specialized job that needed to be done and because there was so much holiness attached to the place where it was to be done, it had to be carried out by someone who was able to do the job appropriately. Someone with a limp or who was blind would not have been able to step up to the altar to carry the bread. It would have been awkward for them and there may have been much attention directed their way. This task was not about focusing on people; it's always about the Lord. All our attention must be focused and directed only on Him. These individuals were never rejected from being a part of God's work, it was just that they were better equipped to do something different and God encouraged that (v22). Not everyone is going to be called to be a preacher or a missionary or a leader. There are certain qualifications that God gives people to enable them to do certain jobs in the best possible way; and then there are those of us who should be willing to serve God in the smaller things.

If any of you have any other or different thoughts on these verses 16 - 24, I'd love to hear from you. This is just my opinion, but you may have read something somewhere that gave you a greater insight to what these verses mean.

Prayer matters:
♥  Pray that the Lord will put the right people into the right jobs and positions to be able to serve Him in the best way possible
♥   Pray for your minister/pastor and church leadership as they guide the congregation into a closer walk with God; pray that they will be holy and faithful to God in all they do and put His Word and will first

Hugs, Karen x

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