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26.5 The life of a priest

Series 26

Episode 5

Prologue

Message

Many parts of Leviticus record that priests eat the offerings, such as chapter 2 verse 3, chapter 6 verse 6, multiple verses in chapter 7, and chapter 24 verse 9. This is very important. The Lord said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35) Every day we need to eat and drink of the Lord. This means we need to experience the Lord Himself, to gain Him and enjoy His nourishment. Romans chapter 12 talks about the life of a priest. A priest ought to make offerings. We should first present our bodies as a living sacrifice to the Lord. Paul called this a reasonable service.

In Acts chapter 13, it records that the disciples ministered to the Lord. In fact, they were worshipping the Lord and fasting. Revelation chapter 22, verses 3 and 4 read, “His servants will worship him. They will see his face.” Serving God is not only about preaching the gospel or performing some tasks. This is clearly illustrated in Acts chapter 13. It is to worship Him, draw near to Him and pray to Him. In particular, you need to draw close to Him, worship and experience Him deeply. This is the core of serving God.

Hebrews chapter 13, verse 15 reads, “Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God.” Let’s read Exodus chapter 25. When you have time, you can read from verse 10. It explains in detail about putting the ark of the covenant and the mercy seat in the Holy of Holies. Exodus chapter 25 Verse 22 reads, “There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.” (Exodus 25:22) Exodus chapter 29, verses 38 and 39 describe the sacrifice offered on the altar in the tabernacle’s outer court. This passage reads, “Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two lambs a year old day by day regularly. One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight.” And chapter 29 verses 42 and 43 read, “It shall be a regular burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. There I will meet with the people of Israel, and it shall be sanctified by my glory.” (Exodus 29:42-43) When God made reference to the offering on the altar, He said, “…where I will meet with you, to speak to you there.”

Exodus chapter 30, verses 1 and 6 read, “You shall make an altar on which to burn incense; you shall make it of acacia wood… And you shall put it in front of the veil that is above the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is above the testimony, where I will meet with you.” We can see from this passage how much God desires to meet with man. In fact, God yearns for you to come before Him, meet with Him and be face to face with Him every day.

The burnt offering on the altar of the outer court represents the Lord’s death for us, so that we can meet with God. The Lord paid a huge price so that we can meet with God. He yearns to see our face. This is the fruit of His death. God yearns to meet with us. This is His love desire. On the night before His crucifixion, the Lord expressed His desire to the Father. He said, “‘Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am.’” (John 17:24) The Lord has not yet returned to receive us, but that day is very near. We have not yet seen each other, but His desire of love is for us to be with Him. Before His return, He surely wants our hearts to be very close to Him. This is His desire.

The altar of incense is about prayers and drawing near to God. What He desires most, however, is for us to enter the Holy of Holies and have deep fellowship with Him. There is nothing in the Holy of Holies. It is different from the busy outer court. It’s also different from the Holy Place, where the altar of incense, the lampstand, the table and showbread are present. The only thing inside the Holy of Holies is the presence of God. God desires us to enter the inner chambers, the sanctuary. He wants us to enter the Holy of Holies and be the closest to Him.

The outer court represents the time when we first believed and started to meet with God. Hebrews chapter 10, verse 19 reads, “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus.”

Another duty of a priest is to bless others. You should remember the Lord’s gestures when He was ascending to heaven: He lifted up His hands. While He blessed the disciples, He was taken up into heaven. I find this very good. This tells us how much He desires to bless us and give us grace even though He’s in heaven right now. This also reminds me of the time when Abraham was blessed by Melchizedek. Even though Abraham won the battle, he might have still been in danger. The enemies could come seeking revenge. Melchizedek blessed him. Jacob wrestled with God. He said to God, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” (Genesis 32:26)

It’s so precious that today, the Lord personally blesses us. I remember the days when I blessed the new born infants of brothers and sisters. I blessed them and I knew that the Lord would answer my prayers and bless them. When the Lord was on earth, people also brought children to Him for blessings. And He blessed them. In fact, there are a lot of examples about blessing in the Bible. I’m sure you also remember how Isaac blessed Jacob, and how Esau lost the special blessings of the firstborn.

Speaking of blessings, I encourage brothers and sisters who have a family to bless their children more often. It’s a beautiful thing when you lay hands on your children to bless them. They will surely receive the blessings and feel your love. They will know what is precious. You will also consider what is precious for your children before you bless them. Both you and your children will learn what is precious and the true value of things. The Lord blessed the children. Parents should bless their own children even more so.

In the Bible, the head of the household often blessed the family. Jacob blessed Pharaoh. This is very precious. Being a king did not mean that he was above everything. Jacob knew that his position was superior and that he was blessed. It’s precious that we also enjoy a superior position.

The Bible describes a lot about blessings. For example, it tells us to bless those who persecute us. It’s good to bless others. Older brothers and sisters can bless younger ones. I hope the parents among us can bless their children more often. Our God is the God of blessing. God already blessed man when he was first created.

Series 26

We are a royal priesthood

Message Date: 2020-05-17

This message continues to illustrate the identities and lives of both priests and firstborns. The Father set the Lord as our high priest; the Lord has perfected us and brought us before God. The Lord has caused us to be the closest to the Father and most deeply enjoy His love. In the Old Testament times, the head of the household was like the priest of the family. Later, God chose the tribe of Levi — the male offspring of Aaron — to be priests and to bring people before Him. Today, we as believers are a royal priesthood. To live the life of a firstborn, we must first live the life of a priest. How? We must draw near to God and experience Him daily, offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices, be full of praises to Him, preach the gospel, share the truth to others, and bless and pray for others.
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26.1 God who alone does wondrous things

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26.2 The Lord is the High Priest

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26.3 We are a royal priesthood (1)

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26.4 We are a royal priesthood (2)

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26.5 The life of a priest

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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?
Satan causes man not to be clear and assured about the things in heaven
Are physical substances not spiritual?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)
New Jerusalem is a real city (2)

Series 24: God prepares for us

Genesis 22: Father and Son went together
Genesis 22: For us, the Father gave His only Son
Genesis 22: The Lord will provide
24.4 God’s preparation for us

Series 25: The Father and Son Affection

25.1 The Lord Came to Make Known the Father
25.2 The Father and Son Affection (Part 1)
25.3 The Father and Son Affection (Part 2)

Series 26: We are a royal priesthood

26.1 God who alone does wondrous things
26.2 The Lord is the High Priest
26.3 We are a royal priesthood (1)
26.4 We are a royal priesthood (2)
26.5 The life of a priest

Series 27: Who are you in the infinite one’s loving heart?

27.1 Meditate on who you are in the infinite Lord’s loving heart
27.2 Meditate on who you are in the infinite Lord’s loving heart (2)
27.3 Meditate on the infinite Lord’s words at the last supper

Series 28: The conclusion and climax of the book of Hebrews

28.1 Sing praises at Easter (1): The defeat of death
28.2 Sing praises at Easter (2): The risen Lord has swallowed up death
28.3 The important purpose of Hebrews and the help we get from it
28.4 Confirming the importance of drawing near to God

Series 29: How to behold

29.1 Behold the Father
29.2 See that God meets me in His steadfast love 
and exults over me with loud singing (1)
29.3 See that God meets me in His steadfast love and exults over me with loud singing (2)
29.4 See how the Lord loves us (1)
29.5 See how the Lord loves us (2)

Series 30: The core things we need to see when we behold the Lord

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