Today’s Reading: Exodus 27-29
Key Verse: “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 role of the Priesthood in Exodus was to present sacrifices to God, to seek God’s guidance for the nation or for individuals, to instruct the people in God’s Law, to serve as judges in certain cases, and to serve as guardians of the covenant and of Israel’s sanctuary and sacred treasures.
The priests were mediators between God and the nation Israel. They represented the people to God by offering sacrifices and incense, by leading worship, and by praying for divine guidance. They also represented God to the people, for the priests instructed Israel in God’s Law, communicated His will, and served as living reminders that God forgives sinning people.
As we read the Old Testament, we learn that only people from Aaron’s family were permitted to be priests, yet as a read the New Testament, we discover that through Jesus’ (The Great High Priest) we are now also called to the priesthood. There are now no earthly mediators between God and man as existed in the Old Testament priesthood (1 Timothy 2:5) and furthermore, 1 Peter 2:5 says “you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
This teaching is known as the “priesthood of all believers.” Martin Luther wrote: “this word priest should become as common as the word Christian” because all Christians are priests.”
When Luther referred to the priesthood of all believers, he was maintaining that the ploughboy and the milkmaid could do priestly work. In fact, their ploughing and milking was priestly work. There was no hierarchy where the priesthood was a “vocation” and milking the cow was not. Both were tasks that God called his followers to do, each according to their gifts.
- Do you think of yourself as a priest?
- How does your daily life become ‘priestly work’ as you use your gifts for God’s glory?
- How can you minister to the people around you?
Father, Thank You that You welcome us and call us. Thank You that we can now approach You with confidence and serve You. Help us to recognize that all that we do is ministry to the Glory of your name, In Jesus’ name, Amen