“Now the first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin, the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah, the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah, the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab, the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez, the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezekel, the twenty-first to Jachin, the twenty-second to Gamul, the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah. This was the schedule of their service for coming into the house of the Lord according to their ordinance by the hand of Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded him.”
I Chronicles 24:7-19 NKJV
“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.”
Revelation 4:2-4 NKJV
We are priests. By the atoning death of Jesus on the cross, and by His resurrection we have been elevated from worthless sinners to priests on the order of Melchizedek. Here on earth we are commissioned as ambassadors, representing Jesus, going forth to bring the message of the Good News.
“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; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
I Peter 2:9-10 NKJV
We have been commissioned, chosen by the sovereign will of God and ordained from the foundation of the world. In these present times, we minister before the Lord, in a temple made of flesh and blood, but one day we will move from this grounded tent, subject to entropy and sin, and we will work in the heavenly temple where we will serve day and night in the presence of the throne.
Reading of the organization of the temple in I Chronicles chapter twenty four, I was reminded that all that we do on this earth is but a shadow of what is to come. David organized the temple with twenty four levite elders, serving as priests of flesh and blood, sinners in need of savior, having an imperfect ministry.
His was a foreshadowing of the heavenly temple of the book of Revelation.
These were just an earthbound representation of our great high priest Jesus, who even now is interceding on our behalf before the Father, standing in our defense as the evil one, the accuser of the brethren, rails against us.
Those first priest would live, and die, and be replaced, but ours is permanent, and because of Jesus’ immortality, we have an ongoing hope of eternal salvation. Jesus is our priest forever.
“So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek”; who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.”
Hebrews 5:5-11 NKJV
Because we have inherited such an important ministry, the ministry of reconciliation, let us be faithful to go about our great work with an urgency. We are living in perilous times, and the work is becoming all the more difficult. It is the utmost importance that we live out our faith fully before those who are not of the household of God.
We are living in times when those who call upon the name of the Lord, and adhere to the Holy Scriptures, will find themselves at direct odds with the world. Facing such opposition, it is on us to represent the Lord Jesus to such a degree that we are deemed evil, not for actual evil done, but because we know Jesus. Let us live as if we represent the King of Glory and not the prince of the air.
“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
I Peter 2:11-12 NKJV
One thing that has given me great peace, is looking forward to that heavenly temple, and that great moment when, in the blink of an eye, my situation will change from the pain of this dilapidated tent, to the eternal splendor of a glorious body, equipped for work in the temple.
Brothers and sisters, let us be reminded daily that we are priests, a royal priesthood, and let us go about this world telling everyone of Jesus. In due time those who have been converted and looking forward to the appearing of Jesus, will begin interceding on behalf of the saints, as the Lord will move to the preparation of the ultimate victory over the evil one.
“And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.”
Revelation 5:3-7 NKJV
Look forward with me to the coming day, when the earthbound priests of Jesus rise to take up our heavenly station around the throne of God.
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