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Royal Priesthood

In 1 Chronicles 23-24, King David  assembled all of the princes of Israel with the priests and the Levites for the primary purpose of dividing up the work to do in the service of the house of the Lord.  Four times in 1 Chronicles 23 (KJV) we see the phrase "service in the house" of the Lord or of God.  When we see repetition like this in the bible, God is trying to tell us something.

Did you know that there were 38,000 men over age 30 able to do this service? (1 Ch 23:3)  Of those men there were specifically 24,000 designated to do the work in God's house.  Now, that is some ministry!  I learned that not every Levite could be a high priests, ministering directly to God, only the direct descendants of Aaron, Moses' brother, could do that.  God is very specific in who He allows to meet Him in His holy place, isn't He?

That is why it should be so special to us that we can have direct access to God through prayer because of God's son Jesus.  Through Him, believers can come directly to God's throne room. (He 4:14-16).  Did you know that God has "ordained" us as "priests"?  In 1 Peter 2:9, God's word says to believers:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  - 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)

We belong to God.  We belong to God not to just hang out and do whatever we want whenever we want.  We belong to God so that we can declare His praises because He has called us out of our darkness into the marvelous light of His love and truth.  We belong to God so that we too, can perform "service in the house of the Lord."   God has given us our very own priestly garments, not arrayed in magnificent colors and ornamentation as shown in Exodus 28, but garment of white linen, cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ as He paid the penalty of our sins.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  (Rev 19:7-8)

We have the pedigree, we have the clothes.  Are we ready for service?  That's what priests do, after all.  I want to leave you with a quote from Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest, that underscores the whole purpose of our lives as the royal priesthood of believers.  I read this on February 15, the same day I read through 1 Chronicles 23-24.  Please take the time to read it and I pray that it encourages you as it did me to remain steadfast in your service in the house of our Lord.

"Ye shall be my witnesses."  How many of us are willing to spend every ounce of nervous energy, of mental, moral and spiritual energy we have for Jesus Christ?  That is the meaning of a witness in God's sense of the word.  It takes time, be patient with yourself.  God has left us on the earth.  What for? to be saved and sanctified?  No, to be at it for Him.  Am I willing to be broken bread and poured out for Him?  To be spoilt for this age, for this life, to be spoilt from every standpoint but one - saving as I can disciple men and women to the Lord Jesus Christ." - Oswald Chambers, February 15, My Utmost for His Highest