A Teaching Priest

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne:

A Teaching Priest

“‘The Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him. For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law.’”

2 Chronicles 15:2-3

Azariah, the prophet, spoke these words to king Asa, admonishing the people of Israel to be true to the Lord.

Azariah was encouraging people to be faithful to “the true God,” to actively listen to “a teaching priest,” and to obey the “law.”

Why a teaching priest? Why not mention only to be true to God and to the law?

You see, without a teaching priest, people will easily lapse into conceptualizing faithfulness and obedience as a matter of fact, of works only, while simultaneously distancing themselves from the very presence and heart of God, even while they conceptualize their faith.

Whereas a teaching priest certainly does exhort faith and obedience to God and His covenant but, in addition, a teaching priest makes this a matter of the heart, which requires more responsiveness than a matter of fact.

A teaching priest encourages people to be faithful and loving to God from the heart, with actual time before His presence. A teaching priest speaks truth of God and law and always points to the heart of the matter, well expressed in the words “The Lord is with you when you are with Him.”

A teaching priest leads by way of example, ministering before God in His presence (being “with Him” in real time) and then teaching others to do the same.