A Kingdom of Priests – Myles Munroe

February 5
When God told Moses, “Go and tell the Israelites, ‘You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation’” (Exodus 19:6, emphasis added), He was reflecting His purposes for mankind from Adam to Abraham to Jacob to the children of Israel, to the church. God’s plan is that we be His representatives or “priests” on earth. In God’s perspective, the priesthood is not just for a special group of people, but for all who belong to Him. God’s purposes are eternal, and His original plan for mankind, which began with Adam, was passed on to succeeding generations.
The first man was created as a priest—one who served as God’s intermediary for the earth. We know that God wanted Adam to spread His will and His nature throughout the earth, to administer His kingdom by filling the world with a single “nation” of Spirit-led people. Adam failed, and the earth became populated with many nations who did not know God. God created a nation—Israel—to serve as priest before the other nations. All the people of this nation were to be priests, as we saw in Exodus 19:6. Israel also failed to fulfill God’s calling, so God chose a small group from that nation, a tribe called the Levites, to serve as priests. God instructed the Levites to mediate for the nation of Israel. This would enable Israel to fulfill its calling as God’s representative to the other nations so that, ultimately, all nations would return to Him. That was the purpose of the Levitical priesthood: to restore the purpose of God to Israel so Israel could help restore God’s purpose for the world.
Prayer:
Father, thank You for desiring a priesthood of believers. I belong to You; teach me how to serve You as You desire. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: God wants to win the world through a priesthood of believers.
Reading: Exodus 36–38; Matthew 23:1–22
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