FRIDAY 27 May, 2016
Priests to Our God
There was Zadok also, and all the Levites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God, and Abiathar went up until all the people had finished crossing over from the city. - 2 Samuel 15:24
When Absalom rebelled against David, Zadok and the Levites who carried the Ark of the Covenant went with him. Zadok was a faithful priest who had served King David loyally. He was a descendant of Eleazar the son of Aaron. He joined David at Hebron after King Saul’s death - (1 Chronicles 12:28; 24:3).
The Levites were the tribe of Israel set apart to worship the Lord and perform priestly duties. The Ark of the Covenant, which they carried into exile, represented the presence and power of God in Israel. Another faithful priest was Abiathar; who had the care of the Ark at Jerusalem. Within the Ark was the Ten Commandments given to Moses.
It is important to understand as Christians that we are referred to as priests in the New Testament. We have God’s Word in us and represent God’s light to those who live in darkness around us. First Peter 2:9 explains:
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
By Christ’s blood shed on the cross we are not only saved from our sins, we are set apart in holy service to Him. Revelation 1:5-6 says:
…To Him who loved us and washedus from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kingsand priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
… [Christ] made us kingsand priests to our God;
and weshall reign on the earth.
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