- Day 11 -
You are a Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation
1 Peter 2:9
When the Holy One delivered the children of Israel, whose homes were covered with the lamb’s blood, out of Egypt it was so they could serve and worship Him. He spoke these words at Mount Sinai to Israel: “ ‘Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ …” (Exodus 19:5-6)
This foreshadowed the New Testament call through YAHshua the Passover Lamb and His redeeming blood. He redeemed both Jews and Gentiles to become “one new man” (one new creation) (Ephesians 2:14-16) and priests in the service and worship of the Most High. Apostle Peter said, “And coming to Him (YAHshua-Jesus) … you also … are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices [of your pure and spotless lives] acceptable to YAHveh through YAHshua Messiah. … But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation … that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light …” (1Peter 2:4-5, 9).
The Almighty had intended for the entire nation of Israel to be His priests. This priesthood was to be a testimony to the pagan nations of His glorious presence with His chosen people. Grievously, Israel compromised YAHveh’s righteous decrees, mixed the holy with the profane, and gradually moved farther and farther away from her priestly call. Messiah poured out His lifeblood to purchase a people for His honor and glory. YAHshua “loves us, and released us from our sins by His blood, and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father;” (Revelation 1:5-6). Revelation speaks of a specific remnant who “will be priests of YAHveh and of Messiah and will reign with Him for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:6).