OUR PRIESTLY RESPONSIBILITIES
The priests under the old covenant were ordained to offer gifts and sacrifice to God, particularly on behalf of the people.
We also have sacrifices and fruits to offer but not like the priest of the Old Testament who offered to God the blood of bulls and goats. Jesus our high priest offered the ultimate sacrifice when he offered himself as a sacrifice for us Hebrews 7:26-27
Jesus offered Himself for us we don’t need to offer the blood of bulls and goats any longer, but we still have sacrifices to make to God. And we are also taught how to do it.
Firstly, we offer God the sacrifice of praise.
Hebrews .13: 15
We give God the sacrifices of the fruit of our lips by worshipping and praising Him. This is what we are supposed to be doing in Zion. Psalm 141: 2
This is the first of our responsibility as priest, we no longer offer blood but praise instead we lift up our hands, not because we are being punished, our lifting up of hands is like going into the house of God carrying blood before Him; it is a holy sacrifice to God. Keep your hands lifted before Him and say, “Father, I worship you.” When you do that there is understanding He give to you.
John 4: 23, 24
We are the people who worship the father in truth and in Spirit
Hosea 14: 1, 2
The calf is an animal used for sacrifices, so in effect they could say “so will we come to render the sheep or the ram of our lips”. It means that when we begging to praise him like that, we are offering to him something better than what the Old Testament priests offered when they killed the calves and offered them to God.
Apart from praises we offer to God, our prayer of intercession is also a sacrifice. Intercession is not praying for yourself, real intercession is praying for others.
For yourself you can make petitions or make demands, but for others you stand in their place and make requests on their behalf.
So as a priest, you are to stand in the gap for other people. The more you grow spiritually and the longer you stay in the presence of God, the less you pray for yourself.
2. TEACHING THE WORD
Malachi 2: 7
Matthew 10: 27
This is also one of our responsibilities as a priest. You have people around you; people you work with and live with. Do you know you are a priest in their midst? If they want to know something about the kingdom of God, you are the first person they should consult.
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