Looking at the lives of Old Testament who were sold out, lived their whole lives separated and living their live for the call of God. As you read this, God called you a priest whether you are a worship leader, singer or you don’t have the ability to sing but you are good at SMI (shower ministries international) or may term yourself an ordinary Christian. We are all called to worship, so we are all Priests after the order of the Lion of Judah.

 

Caution! The topics and views in this article may offend some people, please take no offence it’s what the bible says and we are just interpreters. Email me what you think about some of these topics.

 

So we are going to be looking at how priest lived their lives, what stipulations did they have to lie by, also their workings and this would give us place for us to understand what God wants our lives to be lived as. We are looking in the book of Ezekiel 44 were God is restoring the priestly order of its position as thy are coming from exile and you will learn a lot of things as I did.

 

“They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.” Ezek 44:16 When you stand to worship God which charge (agenda) are you representing, are you in his presence to bless God or you there to extract (on your own agenda) from God. Think about it, are you worshipping so that you may be seen by men or the pastor or you are worshipping Him to bless Him. Which charge are you keeping yours or God’s? Think about it.

 

“And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon the,”, Ezekiel 44:17. I Love this verse in that God is asking and making it clear that the priest should never minister to Him away from the Holy of Holies. A huge debate dangles over clothing, how we dress for worship, we are not going to tackle that in this article.

 

 A simple meaning of the word minister is, to serve, to attend to, to worship, to wait upon and also too be occupied by. God wants us to minister to him not in the outer court or inner court but in the Holy of Holiness, God here stipulates to the Priests that they have to move out of the inner court and minister (worship) Him in his presence. God invites us t worship Him in  His presence, in the Holy Of Holies where he abides.

 

“They shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers”  Ezekiel 44: 19 God gave priest specific garments which they would wear each and every time they went in to minister to Him and they would change into their own clothes afterwards. God has given clothes (garments) to all worshippers on today “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” Isaiah 61:3.  God has given to all of us a garment of praise but the beautiful thing about this garment is a garment we do not take off, jut like Old Testament priests changed.

 

Worship is a lifestyle so we live with this garment on us; we never put it down because when we walk, breathe, move and live our lives, we are just worshipping God. That’s our difference with Old Testament priests in that, we minister to God 24/ 7 because  our bodies are the temple of God  and that priests were limited to a temple and  to a certain time of worship, we glorify God wherever we are and at whatever time we offer praises God. We were made the temple of God and that we never remove our priestly garments hence we worship everywhere.                                

 

So we are worshippers and priests, I  hope you have learn  a lot of things but follow up the Part 2 of this article where we finish off this teaching about worship and priesthood lesson drawn out.

 

“Worship Him in the Beauty of His Holiness”

 

 

 

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Comment by Stevo on November 18, 2011 at 5:57pm

It's never ever wrong to expect from God or "extract" as you put it. To say that our main purpose is NOT to get from God is to miss His point entirely. We are not self sufficient and every time we come to God, we are to at least acknowledge that everything comes from Him and so often in scripture, you will see a request being made. So if your praises don't include requests or thanks for that which was requested, you're missing the cycle that He wants us involved in.

 

But ultimately, you're missing the main point of the passage. Taking off a garment etc. isn't about praise at all. It's about holiness and sin and contamination therein and the "covering" of atonement. Now if you connect being holy and confessing our sins and having a clear conscience to worship - that would be the right direction. That message is sorely missing today.

Comment by Benjamin Sealey on November 19, 2011 at 3:04pm

Another verse that continues from what you've written, Kelvin, is Exodus 19:5-7,

"Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

I love the way God calls us to be separate from the world, holy, and a kingdom of priests. It's yet another aspect to what God has called us to be.

Comment by Kelvin Mutize on November 22, 2011 at 1:42pm

Wow those are great response. my heart is intrigued by them

 

the message that coming into the church today when y listen carefully is that God is like an ATM machine you can keep withdrawing /cash, bt if y keep withdrawing it will run out, How do y feel if yr son or daughter only come to ask 4 stuff alone and after that thats it.

My heart is that we understand the times and place, moments to ask and what to ask for and consider that God isnt an ATM machine 

 

the beautiful thing is that God has grace abounding above all we ask thing and imagine 

 

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