Sunday, February 4

My plumber/priest

Scripture: Exodus 19-20, Proverbs 3, Acts 11

Exodus 19:4–6 “‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

Observation

These are the first words of God’s covenant with Israel. God brought them to Himself and called them to obey and promised they would be His treasured possession, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

A priest is someone who represents the people to God in prayer and worship, and who represents God to the people. The Latin word for priest meant “bridge builder.” Every Israelite, every member of the covenant community was to be a priest, someone who knew the Lord and could represent Him to others. Israel failed to live this out, but the prophets predicted a day when it would become reality (see Jeremiah 31:31-34). 

One of the fundamental truths recovered in the Protestant Reformation was the priesthood of all believers. What was true of Israel is true of Christians—we are a kingdom of priests. Every follower of Jesus is called to be a priest, a mediator between God and people. 

Application

Many years ago, a church member called me and asked for prayer for healing. I promised I would pray. And I encouraged them to call my plumber who had a gift of healing. People he prayed for were often healed. My caller was incredulous. “I called the pastor for prayer and he’s sending me to his plumber?”

Yep. 

Every Christian is a priest, a minister, a servant of God, gifted to serve God and people and to represent the Lord. My plumber was more gifted than I in that area, so I happily recommended my plumber/priest.

Today, I want to remember in every encounter I have that I am a priest. I represent God to each person I meet, and I represent them to God in prayer. 

Prayer: Lord, thanks for the reminder, and may all Your people be the priests You intend them to be…a kingdom of priests!