Priesthood

Judges 17:7-13

7A young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been living within the clan of Judah, 8left that town in search of some other place to stay. On his way he came to Micah’s house in the hill country of Ephraim. 9Micah asked him, “Where are you from?” “I’m a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah,” he said, “and I’m looking for a place to stay.”

10Then Micah said to him, “Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels of silver a year, your clothes and your food.” 11So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him. 12Then Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house. 13And Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest.”

Introduction

The 1st advent of Christ wasn’t totally undisclosed. God made it known to few individuals the birth of His precious Son. A relative of Virgin Mary, Elizabeth was one of those privileged individuals who knew that Christ was to be born.

And why not? An angel of the Lord told Elizabeth’s husband, the priest Zechariah that their son John the Baptist will filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born (Luke 1:15). Elizabeth was six month pregnant of John the Baptist when Mary visited her. Mary visited Elizabeth in the hill country of Judea.

It stated in Luke 1:41-45, 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.  45Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

And Mary responded in Luke 1:46-49, 46My soul glorifies the Lord 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name…”

The Holy Spirit Himself revealed to Elizabeth that Mary was the blessed virgin who was to give birth to the Son of God. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth exclaimed with joy when she saw Mary, and even the baby in her womb leaped for joy.

Blessedness is supreme happiness. It is practically exhibited in the life of a person who is filled with the Holy Spirit. A blessed person cannot help but to do what is right cheerfully, with gladness. Biblically it says in Matthew 5:6, 6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

The thirsty can’t wait to be satisfied. Thirst for righteousness seeks to be satisfied. The blessed person thirsts for righteousness, and won’t postpone doing what is right. We can identify such thirst for righteousness in the life of a Levite who searched for a place where he can be of service to the Lord.

1.Search

7A young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been living within the clan of Judah, 8left that town in search of some other place to stay. On his way he came to Micah’s house in the hill country of Ephraim. 9Micah asked him, “Where are you from?” “I’m a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah,” he said, “and I’m looking for a place to stay.”

Inactiveness may have prompted the Levite to search for a place to serve.

When Micah asked, the Levite answered that he was looking for a place to stay.

Why did he not say that he was looking for a place to serve as priest? Well, at that time everyone did as they saw fit. Everyone worshiped an idol, and the Levite may have observed that Micah had a shrine, a house of idols.

In short, the Levite was cautious not to spark spiritual debate. It was given that he was a spiritual leader. He was very careful to assess Micah’s spirituality. Did Micah fear the Lord or worship his idols? The Levite let Micah revealed his spirituality. Such intelligent approach is advisable when we share the gospel, especially, to strangers or to individuals whom we aren’t familiar with.

Testifying of what Christ has done in our life is very simple yet complicated task, why? By human effort, we may become argumentative, why? We know that what we believe is right, and we wish that our belief in God should prevail. Yet, the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 10:16, 16I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

When witnessing, Christ sends us to unfriendly environments, and we’ve got to be smart. Before we tell strangers about the Lord, we need to be prayerful and wait for God’s right timing. We’ve got to discern when one is ready to listen.

Jonah

God told Jonah to go to the Ninevites, like sheep among wolves, so he ran away, aboard a ship, and the Lord sent a storm. It stated in Jonah 1:6-9, 6The captain went to Jonah and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.” 7Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” 9He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”

Jonah waited for them to ask him. He did not need to tell the sailors that he was God’s prophet. It was concluded in Jonah 1:16, 16At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.

God used that unfriendly situation (the sailors sacrificed Jonah) to draw people to Himself. Service to the Lord is full-time, anytime, anywhere. Wherever we are situated, God may prompt us to testify and to serve Him.

2. Serve

10Then Micah said to him, “Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels of silver a year, your clothes and your food.” 11So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him. 12Then Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house. 13And Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest.”

When the Levite agreed to serve as priest of Micah, it implied that he was searching for a place for him to serve the Lord. In the next chapter, the Danites told him that it is better to serve a tribe or clan in Israel as priest rather than just a priest in one man’s household, the Levite was pleased with the idea.

It says in 1 Peter 2:9, 9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

The Bible declares that we are royal priesthood. This reality needed to sink thoroughly in our heart and mind. Believers are not called to be isolated but to serve the Lord, now and forever more. Serving God is the most wonderful situation we can be but not everyone has not discovered it  yet or realized.

Choice

Why did you choose to live in Canada? Aside from greener pasture, what has motivated you to stay longer in this country?

I suppose, you wish to live here because it’s safe country, right? Less prejudice, no terrorist, and abundant food supply. A country like Canada expects good abiding citizen. Every good and peace-loving citizen is willing to contribute to the welfare of everyone, to serve for the best of the nation.

Christ the Lord of lord, the King of kings, He provides. He sustains. He empowers. He heals. He encourages. He does every good thing that we can imagine and even good things that we cannot think of. But He has a requirement for each believer assured to live with Him forever—“To remain in Him.”

Christ compares Himself to a grapevine, and we are His branches. Branches that are not connected to the grapevine cannot bear fruit. Branches must remain in the vine to grow and bear fruit.

Jesus said in John 15:5-8, 5I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Disciples are fruit that Christ expects from His disciples who remain in Him. We know that we remain in Him when we bear fruit of disciples. Keep praying that you may bear much fruit which is to make more disciples.

As we celebrate Christmas, the birth of the King of kings, remember to think, act and speak as Christ’s Royal Priesthood. As royal priesthood, we serve the Lord of lords. May God empower us by His grace to serve Him with gladness, as we bear much fruit, now and forevermore.

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