The First Time God Said The Word “Priests”
Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne:
“Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagle’s wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel’”
Exodus 19: 3-6
Yesterday I shared with you about the first time the word “priest” appears in Scripture which, we saw, was in reference to Melchizedek, who, himself, was entirely prophetically representative of Jesus Christ, our High Priest of a New Covenant, Who presented Abba Father with the “bread and wine” (Genesis 14:18) of His Own body and blood, procuring our “eternal redemption” through establishing His eternal New Covenant (see Hebrews 9: 11-15).
Today, in this passage from Exodus, we behold the first time God spoke the word “Priests” in Scripture, and we see God’s first use of this word was in His call for ALL of His covenant people to, as I have been sharing for a number of weeks now, “be to Me a kingdom of priests.”
God has always been clear, ever since the beginning, that His will is for all of His people to be in a covenant relationship with Him, as His kingdom of priests.
So, in this present day we can definitely see, in the book of Revelation, that we, the body of Christ, in a New Covenant through the blood of our Savior, have been created through Jesus Christ to be this exact kingdom of priests to our God. “To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood - and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (Revelation 1: 5-6).
This is what God has always wanted, from all of His covenant people, and today we are the ones so blessed to say “Yes” to our Father God, concerning His call for us, His church, to be His Own kingdom of priests.
O let us please our God by stepping into our priesthood, and let us awaken the body of Christ in this day to God’s call, for all of us, His Own covenant children, to become “My own possession.”
The apostle Peter wrote this of the church, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s Own possession” (1st Peter 2:9). Peter was directly referencing God’s words in Exodus 19, given to the entire covenant nation of Israel, to His present will for us now, His New Covenant nation, that we would say yes to being His “kingdom of priests” and, in so doing, become His “own possession” which literally means “special treasure.”
Ministering to the Lord as a priest is a special treasure for us and when we do minister to our Lord, we are graced to realize that we have become our Abba Father’s “special treasure.”
Ministering to the Lord is stepping into God’s treasure house and realizing that, in your Heavenly Abba Father’s eyes, you are His special treasure. Yes, be His special treasure in His presence and throughout your day! Hallelujah!