READ: Leviticus 21 – 22
THINK: If you didn’t get a chance to read Throughin2 on Wednesday, June 19, please find a few extra minutes to read Mike’s commentary on this dense portion of scripture. Mike helps us to step back a few paces from all the details (which seem a bit crazy at times) and get the big picture of GOD’s plan and purpose for his people.
God placed an incredibly high standard on those called to be priests. Every aspect of their lives was to be a reminder that they were set apart – they were different. They were no ordinary men, and more importantly, they served no ordinary GOD! The priests of the Old Testament followed precise regulations so that they never forgot whom they were serving; so that they never got lazy or apathetic, or careless when serving Jehovah, Almighty God.
In the New Testament, we, too, are called to be priests! 1 Peter 2:9 tells us, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:4 says we are “chosen and precious.” And because of that, Jesus places an incredibly high standard on us! You see, we are no ordinary people either and we serve the same extraordinary GOD of the Old Testament. Like those priests, it can be easy for us to become lazy or half-hearted in our commitment. We, too, need to be daily reminded of who HE is and who HE has called us to be!
PRAY: That GOD will remind you that you have been set apart – consecrated – for His work! Let’s live lives that are so radically different from the world around us, we are a constant reminder to ourselves and to others of the LIVING GOD we serve!