Priests Set Apart by God
Priests were people set apart by God to guide and shepherd his people. One entire tribe of the 12 original tribes were tasked with this job. The Levites were descendants of Levi, one of the 10 sons of Jacob (the other two were Manasseh and Ephraim, sons of Joseph).
Read: Malachi 2:1-9
No Inheritance For The Priests
The Levites were not granted land when God delivered the Israelites to the promised land. Instead, they were to tend the temple and ensure that God’s laws were kept. They were keepers of the law. In the reading, God rebukes the Levites because they have failed to keep His law. He sends them this warning so that He may keep His promise to the Levites. He tells them they have shown partiality in the law.
Jesus by His death has become the high priest for all mankind. He became the once for all sacrifice for our sins. If He is in us and we are in Him, and we are his followers, then we are priests under Him. We are to keep God’s law, and shepherd His people, and as prophets, spread His word.
Are You Fulfilling Your Priestly Duties?
Are you keeping His covenant? Have you kept His law, and are you spreading His word?
“For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth.” – Malachi 2:7