The priesthood of the believer is mentioned in the New Testament, alluded to, and discussed in depth.
Under the old Levitical priesthood, the Israelite had to depend upon the priest, the Levite or Kohen.
We approach God in prayer, but to bring offerings, we could not do that. In Judaism, the prayers are liturgical and corporate. Even though you may pray at home alone, you still follow the same liturgy as you would in the synagogue, but certain prayers are ommitted as they require ten Jews or more.
All this changes after you accept Jesus Christ, You can approach God in prayer in a way you could not before. And absolutely no, repeat, no offerings require a priest anymore. Sin offerings? Done. Jesus Christ fulfilled them.
Which of course brings up the offerings in the millennium. Will there still be offerings in the Millennium. Yes. Don’t worry about that for now. Understand that my people owe the Lord, and it’s going to be a little while of going through the offerings to really understand everything.
If anything, the Jews were supposed to be the example for the world. So, we’ve got a while of honoring that pledge, because essentially, we dropped the ball.
You can approach God directly, in prayer. I’ve joked before the only way to get some Baptists to pray is to put food in front of them. This kind of privelege, of approaching God in prayer directly, is almost unique to Christianity.
And too many of us simply neglect it.
Daily prayer is important. If you’re not dedicating five minutes – five minutes! – a day, you need to get on this. It has a huge impact on your daily Christian walk.
So, how do you pray? If prayer is some place you get lost in because you’re there so rarely, here’s some guides. Open Psalms. Try reading one of the Psalms of Praise or Thanksgiving. Psalms 104, 105, 106, 115, 99, 147, 116, 118, 40… try reading them.
“The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; Yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.” (Psalm 29:4–5, KJV)
What do you get from that? Make a note on it. “Lord, your voice is full of majesty… the whole universe bows before you. Oh Lord, great is the power of your voice.”
Or how about, “O Lord, the seas rise and fall at your command.”
“Lord, the universe is full of your glory. Great are you, O Lord.”
You need to have a period of praise to the Lord. Tim LaHeye used to use the acronym A.C.T.S. – Adore, confess, thank, supplication. See, we all get to the supplication part -“O Lord, gimme…”
But really, you’re neglecting unconfessed sin, and you’re forgetting giving God His due! And remember the lepers that the Lord healed. Only one of them returned to say thank you, and the Lord even pointed that out!
I often think about the humble beginnings I had when my wife and I first got married, and how we’d struggled to afford food. There was very real fear that we would go days without eating. Now, I own furniture! I own things! You may look at your stuff, and say, “I bought all this with my wages, yeah… I’m so great…”
But the Lord got you that job. He kept catastrophe from enfolding you all the time. You were able to buy that stuff because the Lord protected you, provided you with chances and breaks…
You better believe you need to have an attitude of gratitude in your prayers!
So, let’s take advantage of praying directly to the Lord, of being in His presence.