2022-11-7 “We Have Been Called into a Holy Priesthood Fulfilling Our Duties in Christ 我们在基督里蒙了召作聖潔祭司去完成自己的责任”（Ezekiel以西结书44:23-24）
They are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean. In any dispute, the priests are to serve as judges and decide it according to my ordinances. They are to keep my laws and my decrees for all my appointed festivals, and they are to keep my Sabbaths holy.
Under the Old Covenant, one of the fundamental duties of the priests was to teach God’s people by both instruction and example the difference between the holy and the common (as well as between the unclean and the clean). The priests could also serve as judges or mediators. This was because they were supposed to be well versed in God’s laws and statutes and able to apply them in given situations. The priests were also called to live lives of obedience to God. This was to be true of their appointed meetings for worship, teaching, and sacrifice and also of God’s appointed Sabbaths. Under the New Covenant, the essence of these duties continues in Christ to be fulfilled by every Christian who has been called into a holy priesthood!
Sovereign Lord, if we are honest to you and to ourselves, we might have been falling short of these duties (or their essence). We neglect/ignore what is and how to differentiate the difference between the holy and the common (as well as between the unclean and the clean). We either are with no awareness or more often tend to act like ‘judges’ (not mediators) neglecting the importance of knowing your words deeply. Forgive and help us to live up to our call lives of obedience to you. Amen.