- Day 41 -
I Am Giving You the Service of the Priesthood
Numbers 18:7, 20
Messiah’s blood has purchased a holy priesthood from among Jews of every tribe of Israel and Gentiles of every nation. YAHshua’s (Jesus’s) blood opened the way for a priesthood to enter the holy sanctuary of God; it tore the veil that had separated the people of YAHveh Almighty from His divine presence. The cost was immeasurably high for YAHveh (the LORD) to purchase this priesthood for His glory.
We must not take lightly such a great sacrifice, nor should we neglect this awesome privilege and responsibility. His Spirit says to us (as He said to Aaron and his sons, the Levites), “I am giving you the service of the priesthood as a gift. … You will have no inheritance in their land [the world], nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance” (Numbers 18:7, 20 NIV — emphasis added).
The court of the uncircumcised—called the “outer court” in the ancient temple, is symbolic of the large outer court of the religious system. It is filled with the multitudes who give lip service but whose hearts are far away from Him and are truly uncircumcised in heart. This vast religious system and domain sits in close proximity to the world—as if a flimsy, man-made wall labeled “religion” is the only thing separating this court from it.
It was therefore inevitable that the world’s influence would enter in and pollute this outer court of the uncircumcised of heart with lusts, selfish ambitions, self justified compromise, hypocrisy, and rebellion resulting in deception and lukewarmness. This hypocrisy has defamed the holiness and sanctity of the almighty Creator.
YAHveh is a jealous God (Deuteronomy 6:15) and a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29)! Few Jews or Gentiles who profess to know Him have truly experienced this awesome King of Glory. Through the sacrificial blood of our holy Savior, He redeemed a people to become a holy priesthood (as in Israel’s day) who would be able to enter the Holy of Holies to stand in His fiery, life-changing presence.
In the book of Revelation, John told of a religious system that would lightly esteem this God of glory; they would trivialize the call to be a holy priesthood and the divine blood that purchased it. The members of this Laodicean-type religious system would remain uncircumcised in heart. And be constrained to the outer court of empty religion because they had never forsaken the gods of this world beginning with selfish ambition and the cravings for the worldly delicacies. YAHveh said, “you shall be holy for I am a holy” (1 Peter 1:16) thus this apostate compromised half-hearted massive religious segment would live so close to the ice-cold dying world that inevitably, by sheer proximity, it would become lukewarm in nature.
Messiah said that He would rather a people be either hot, as they wholeheartedly embrace the most high God and Savior YAHveh and worship Him in spirit and truth in His holy presence, or cold, as they wholeheartedly embrace the dying world and all its delusions enticements, preoccupations, and dissipating influences.
“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of YAHveh, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you Are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.’” (Revelation 3:14-16)