18.7 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Priesthood

Series 18

Episode 7

Prologue

Message

Moses blessed the Israelites in Deuteronomy 33. You can see the situation of each tribe. Let’s look at the tribe of Levi.

Deuteronomy 33:8-11: “And of Levi he said, ‘Give to Levi your Thummim, and your Urim to your godly one, whom you tested at Massah, with whom you quarreled at the waters of Meribah; who said of his father and mother, I regard them not; he disowned his brothers and ignored his children. For they observed your word and kept your covenant. They shall teach Jacob your rules and Israel your law; they shall put incense before you and whole burnt offerings on your altar. Bless, O Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands; crush the loins of his adversaries, of those who hate him, that they rise not again.’”

From the passage, we can see that the blessing of priesthood was given to Levi, as it clearly says here, “Give to Levi your Thummim, and your Urim to your godly one.” The latter part of Deuteronomy says how Levi took God’s side in one incident. Initially, the Levites had lost the blessing of the firstborn, but later on, they received the blessing of priesthood because they stood on God’s side, remained faithful to Him, and their heart to God was not affected by human affection.

Verse 10 says, “They shall teach Jacob your rules and Israel your law; they shall put incense before you and whole burnt offerings on your altar.”

Putting incense represents praying to God, and it also talks about burnt offering. The sons of the Levites, the descendants of Aaron, had been priests.

Let us look at Exodus 32. You can read the whole chapter when you get a chance. It’s very tragic. On Mount Sinai, God established a covenant (the old covenant) with the Israelites. Originally, God wanted the whole nation of Israel to be a kingdom of priests, but they soon turned to idols. Moses was so angry that he threw the two tablets and broke them at the foot of the mountain! They broke the covenant and were not able to keep it, that is, the first and second commandments. They made idols and even worshipped and danced before them!

Exodus 32:25-29 reads, “And when Moses saw that the people had broken loose (for Aaron had let them break loose, to the derision of their enemies), then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, ‘Who is on the Lord’s side? Come to me.’ And all the sons of Levi gathered around him. And he said to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel, “Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill his brother and his companion and his neighbor.”’ And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell. And Moses said, ‘Today you have been ordained for the service of the Lord, each one at the cost of his son and of his brother, so that he might bestow a blessing upon you this day.’”

The people committed a grave sin. In other books, we can see the sons of Levi standing on God’s side, disregarding human affection. For example, you can read what Phinehas did in Numbers 25 and Psalm 106.

Let’s read Numbers 3:11-13. “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Behold, I have taken the Levites from among the people of Israel instead of every firstborn who opens the womb among the people of Israel. The Levites shall be mine, for all the firstborn are mine. On the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I consecrated for my own all the firstborn in Israel, both of man and of beast. They shall be mine: I am the Lord.’”

The firstborn was redeemed by God by the blood of the lambs. Brothers and sisters, we, as the firstborn, should also be consecrated to the Lord. Verse 12 says, “Behold, I have taken the Levites from among the people of Israel instead of every firstborn who opens the womb among the people of Israel. The Levites shall be mine, for all the firstborn are mine.”

And verses 44-45 say, “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the people of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle. The Levites shall be mine: I am the Lord….’”

The Levites became the firstborn in place of all the firstborn of Israel, and the blessing of priesthood fell on them.

Indeed, the firstborn is a representation of the whole nation, meaning that the whole nation belonged to God. Same for the cattle; actually, all our possessions on earth should belong to God. Indeed, all came from Him, just as Job wrote, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb… The Lord gave…” (Job 1:21) Brothers and sisters, you and I have been redeemed by the blood of the Lord. We and what we have all belong to Him, because all are His.

You should at least be clear by now that the blessing of the firstborn is so great. The head of the household was also like the priest of the household. Abel offered sacrifices. The son of Adam offered sacrifices. Who taught them that? I believed that on one hand, they learned it from what God did after man sinned: He prepared tunics of skins for Adam, to give him warmth and to cover his shame. I don’t know what animal skins were used to make the tunics, but most likely, they were lamb skins. When men sinned, God immediately promised that the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent. I find it so precious: His beloved Son would become the seed of the woman. It’s so touching that a Child was born for us. Mary gave birth to Jesus. He had to die because it was said that the heel of the seed of the woman would be bruised, but He would bruise the head of the serpent. It’s so precious that the Lord was wounded for us. He bore the greatest pain. But He came in order to destroy the work of the enemy and to take away our sins.

I am not sure how much God had told them. And regarding offerings, even back then, Abel already brought to God an offering and He accepted it, because Abel offered the firstborn of the flock which required the shedding of blood. Cain brought to God an offering of the fruit of the ground which was planted by man. We cannot rely on man but on the blood of the Lamb. The Lamb is mentioned from Genesis to Revelation. And at the end, in Revelation, many passages talk about the Lamb. The Lord is the Lamb who was slain. Our names are written in the book of life of the Lamb. Our names have already been recorded in heaven, in the book of life of the Lamb.

Abel offered sacrifices. So did Noah. At the time, there was no law. Abraham also offered sacrifices, as mentioned in Genesis 22. Job was the ancestor and he also offered sacrifices. You can see from the Book of Job chapter 1 that he offered offerings for his sons. Whether it’s Abraham, or Isaac, or Jacob, they all built altars and sought the name of the Lord. They were all the heads of their households. As we mentioned earlier, the firstborn was also the head of the household. They offered sacrifices and were like the priests of the household. They also blessed others just as the priests did. The firstborn was the head of the household and he had special authority. Reuben was supposed to be of honour, glory, and power, but he had lost his birthright due to his problems.

Brothers and sisters, we are so blessed. In Old Testament times, being a priest was very honourable; even kings could not be priests. When Uzziah attempted to burn incense, he became leprous (2 Chronicles 26). Saul lost his kingship because he offered an offering by his own will (1 Samuel 13). 

Series 18

The Blessings to be the First Born

Message Date: 2020-05-03

It is the church’s most tremendous blessing that we have become the “assembly of the firstborn”. God calls Israel His son and firstborn son. He raised them up to be the blessing of all nations. In the New Millennium and eternity, Israel will be chief among all nations. As for us, by the Lord’s salvation, we have become the children of God; being joint heir with Christ, we are to inherit all. The Lord is the firstborn, and we are the assembly of the firstborn. The glory that the Father gave to the Lord is also given to us. From the blessings that Jacob gave to his sons, we can see that besides the double portion of blessings, the firstborn also received blessings of kingship and priesthood. It’s so precious that the blessings that we receive are beyond “a double portion”. We have become the priests of the new covenant; we will reign with the Lord, and inherit all with Him in eternity. Today, we should live out our life as priests: to draw near to God, to enjoy the Lord as our source of life, and to bring people to believe in God and experience Him. We are to offer sacrifices of praise, and to guard our mouth with knowledge. Therefore, we should pursue the Lord diligently.
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18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)

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18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)

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18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn

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18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn

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18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship

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18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

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18.7 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Priesthood

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18.8 Live Out the Priesthood

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Introduction

01 Introduction of Treasures for the Soul

Series 1: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

1.1 The Most Blessed Generation
1.2 Message from John the Baptist
1.3 Abide in the Lord Always
1.4 Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times
1.5 The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

Series 2: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

2.1 God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts
2.2 To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year
2.3 Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him
2.4 The Importance of Peace
2.5 Our Spirits Need the Words of God
2.6 Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

Series 3: Let Our Hearts be Influenced

3.1 The World Needs People Who Deeply Experience God
3.2 Just as His Anointing 
Has Taught You, 
Abide in the Lord
3.3 Be Influenced 
by the Lord Throughout 
this Year

Series 4: The Importance of Peace

4.1 Enjoying God’s Peace in Your heart
4.2 Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled, Neither Let Them be Afraid.
4.3 How Should Our Spirit Respond to the Lord?

Series 5: Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

5.1 Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him
5.2 How to Worship God with Our Spirit
5.3 Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes
5.4 Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself
5.5 The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”
5.6 Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

Series 6: Live out the Life of being Heart to Heart with the Lord

6.1 Living a life of union with the Lord in a stable pattern every day
6.2 Enjoying the Lord and not being disturbed
6.3 The Importance of Seeing Him with Our Spiritual Eyes

Series 7

7.1 Learn to Protect Our Spirits From Virus Prevention
7.2 Our Spirit Can Hear, Think, and See
7.3 How to Live a Life of Faith
7.4 The Importance of the Mind
7.5 David’s Eyes Beheld the Lord Always

Series 8: During the last supper, the Lord spoke about the essence of the blessings of the new covenant.

8.1 The Lord established with us the eternal love covenant by His blood
8.2 The Lord Treasures the New Covenant and Break-Bread Meeting the Most
8.3 Love Encounters
8.4 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the fourth blessing
8.5 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (1)
8.6 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (2)

Series 16: We Have Come to Mount Zion and the Heavenly Jerusalem

16.1 See that the Lord is at the right hand of the Father
16.2 Coming to Mount Zion (1): the meaning of Mount Sinai
16.3 Coming to Mount Zion (2): the difficulty in forgiveness of sins
16.4 Coming to Mount Zion (3): to Live in Grace
16.5 Having Come to the Heavenly Jerusalem
16.6 What is in the heavenly Jerusalem (1)?

Series 9: Being Heart to Heart with the Father

9.1 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 1)
9.2 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 2)

Series 10

10.1 The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts
10.2 Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life
10.3 The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name
10.4 The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son
10.5 Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father
10.6 The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast

Series 11

11.1 The preciousness of the Letter to Philemon
11.2 The most profitable; the most accepted.
11.3 Charge That to My Account
11.4 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (1)
11.5 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (2)
11.6 We are the Lord’s darling love

Series 12

12.1 The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper
12.2 Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
12.3 What is true faith?
12.4 Look upon the Lord in glory
11.5 Trust and Peace (1)
12.6 Trust and Peace (2)

Series 13: The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility

13.3 The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility (Part 2)

Series 14: Manifold evidence

14.1 How does the infinite Lord see us?
14.2 We are the ultimate and final love of the Lord
14.3 The Lord is forever a Man; He once died for us
14.4 The Lord’s manifold love evidence (Part 1)
14.5 The Lord’s manifold love evidence Part 2

Series 15: Understand How Our Spirit Works And Be Heart To Heart With The Lord Continuously

15.1 We Can Only Enjoy God By Faith
15.2 His Words Abide In Us
15.3 Live With The Lord
15.4 Seek The Things That Are Above
15.5 Understand How Our Spirit Works: Will, Mind And Feelings
15.6 Guard And Uplift Our Mind

Series 17: Know that the Church is the Firstborn

17.1 Know that the church is the firstborn
17.2 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 1)
17.3 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 2)
17.4 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 1)
17.5 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 2)

Series 18: The Blessings to be the First Born

18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)
18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)
18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn
18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn
18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship
18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

Series 19: Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life
19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord
19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)
19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)
19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 20: The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

20.1 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)
20.2 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)
20.3 The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence
20.4 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)
20.5 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

Series 21: Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest
21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn
21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 22: When Believers Die, They Will Go to the Heavenly Jerusalem

22.1 The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (1)
The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (2)
The Spirits of the Righteous Made Perfect

Series 23: New Jerusalem is a real city

God has prepared a heavenly home for us
Is the heavenly new Jerusalem a real city?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)