I AM MEANT FOR MORE! Sermon Series: Royal Priesthood - Service
1. Responsibilities of the Priesthood
a. Lead by Example
i. Lev. 10:9 “Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.”
i. Lev. 10:10 “You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean”
ii. In what way? Is it leprosy? Lev. 13
i. Lev. 10:11 “and you are to teach the people of Israel all the statutes that the Lord has spoken to them by Moses.”
d. Lead Worship
i. 1 Chron. 15:16 “David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.”
i. Lev. 9:7 “Then Moses said to Aaron, “Draw near to the altar and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering and make atonement for yourself and for the people, and bring the offering of the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded.”
Numbers 18:7 “And you and your sons with you shall guard your priesthood for all that concerns the altar and that is within the veil; and you shall serve. I give your priesthood as a gift, and any outsider who comes near shall be put to death.”
2. Connection With Today
a. 1 Peter 2:5 “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” This passage helps us to clarify our understanding of what direction Peter is pointing to when it comes to being a priesthood. Primarily he is talking about the issue of service and of sacrifice.
3. Types of Sacrifice
i. Lev. 9
ii. Recognizes that God is real and alive and deserving of all praise
iii. Recognizes that we are broken and undeserving of relationship with God
i. Lev. 10 Nadab and Abihu
ii. Walmart Sacrifice: I want something at the store and walmart don’t care who I am or what I look like as long as I can pay.
iii. Belief that God doesn’t care about the state of our heart when we bring the sacrifice
i. Malachi 1:6-9 “6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ 7 By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that the Lord's table may be despised. 8 When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. 9 And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts.”
ii. Lev. 22:19-20 “19 you must present a male without defect from the cattle, sheep or goats in order that it may be accepted on your behalf. 20 Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.”
iii. Soda machine sacrifice: Soda machine don’t care how ugly your quarters are, as long as you have enough.
iv. Belief that God doesn’t care about the state of your sacrifice. “Its good enough” attitude.
4. ROYAL Priesthood
a. Serve God and REIGN with him
i. Rev. 5:9-10 “9And they sang a new song: “Worthy are You to take the scroll and open its seals, because You were slain, and by Your blood You purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10You have made them into a kingdom, priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”