‘Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.’ – Exodus 19:5-6.
LIGHT FOR NOW: In the Levitical Order, no man occupied the dual capacity of King-Priest.
In the Old Testament, the priesthood was based on keeping the laws of Moses. Upon delivering the children of Israel from slavery in the land of Egypt; from the wicked hand of Pharaoh, God entered into a covenant relationship with them with Moses as a mediator. He set out His terms and conditions for blessing and the children of Israel agreed to it. They accepted to obey God’s voice and keep His covenant. Exodus 19:7-8 says ‘And Moses came and called for elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the Lord commanded him. And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.’ As shown in today’s reference text, the were to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. This was God’s intention for man, only if they obeyed God. Consequently, the Levitical priesthood was instituted. Thus, the Old Testament Priesthood functioned by obedience. If they obeyed, the blessing would be bestowed on them, but if they fail to obey, they would be far from the blessing. Unfortunately, the Israelites were unable to obey the Law because the Law and the associated regulations were too difficult for man to keep.
Another feature of the Old Testament is that a certain class of people were designated to be the priests for the entire nation of Israel. The King was appointed by God through the Priest. While the Priest served as the Mediator between God and men, the King administered their affairs in the earthly realm. Under this order, no man occupied the dual capacity of King-Priest! And never in any form of government does a man act as both a King and a Priest!
The Bible bears record of Melchisedec, who was both a King and a Priest (Genesis 14:18) – prefiguring Jesus Christ (Hebrews 5:6-11; 6:20-7:28). We shall see how the Priesthood of Jesus Christ vis-à-vis Melchisedec differ from the Priesthood under the Levitical Order. This way, we will understand our rights and privileges as well as who we are in Christ Jesus. Praise the Lord!
INSTRUCTION:Study to know your rights and privileges as well as who we are in Christ Jesus.
Prayer: I receive the grace to know you, in Jesus Name.
QUOTE: If you don’t know, you can be a king but live as a slave.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 32; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 4