Leviticus 21:1,6,8,10,14-15 The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: ‘A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean for any of his people who die... They must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God. Because they present the food offerings to the LORD, the food of their God, they are to be holy... Regard them as holy, because they offer up the food of your God. Consider them holy, because I the LORD am holy—I who make you holy... “‘The high priest, the one among his brothers who has had the anointing oil poured on his head and who has been ordained to wear the priestly garments, must not let his hair become unkempt or tear his clothes... He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution, but only a virgin from his own people, so that he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the LORD, who makes him holy.’”
As I read through this chapter, my first thoughts were how harsh God was to Moses, Aaron and the Jewish people by setting such high expectations for the priesthood.
Was God truly expecting a broken and sinful people to be able to meet the lofty goals He set out for them in their service to Him?
Often we consider how awesome it would be to be taken away from our daily battles with this world and life and be placed in heaven with the angels, without a care in the world.
The Israelites were taken away from captivity only to be put through a 40-year journey across the shifting sands of the desert and during this time, God was working in their lives to give them purpose and direction.
For them to be able to bear God's HOLY name, they were being transformed physically, emotionally and spiritually in ways they could never fully understand.
This whole change of lifestyle, purpose and direction was ordained by God for His own glory because He did not just want a people to call themselves His own but He wanted a transformed people to carry His name and to give Him all worthy praise.
The weight of God's expectations seems too heavy for any person to bear and this soon became the reason the Israelites ritualized God's directions and lost the real essence of what God was doing in their lives.
1,445 years after this event, God sent His own flesh and blood down to this earth to transform us one and forever for His glory.
This flesh and blood of God is the person of Jesus Christ, who came into this world as a humble baby in a cow shed and left this world as the true savior of the world in a short span of 33 years.
In Him we find the HOLY Hight Priest who fulfilled all of God's calling on the Levitical priesthood and only through Him are we able to get access to God the Father and commune with Him.
Jesus is the fulfillment of God's laws and the only one who could meet and exceed all God's expectation of His chosen ones and through His death on the cross became the bridge between our brokenness and God's holiness.
In Christ alone can we stand justified and through His transforming spirit in us can we be transformed forever into a God loving and fearing creation.
Unlike the Israelites who had to try to meet God's expectations, we who are transformed by the blood of Jesus are a new creation clothed in righteousness because of His grace to us.
The question that really needs to be asked today is do we recognize our desperate need for Jesus as our Lord and Savior and once saved, are we living lives that evidence that transformation?
In His Loving Service,
Psalm 33:11-13 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind.
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