2022-11-08 “Our Priestly Service in Christ Is a Ministry of Life, Not Death 我们在基都里祭司的服事，不是死亡而是生命的事工“（Ezekiel以西结书44:25-27）
A priest must not defile himself by going near a dead person; however, if the dead person was his father or mother, son or daughter, brother or unmarried sister, then he may defile himself. After he is cleansed, he must wait seven days. On the day he goes into the inner court of the sanctuary to minister in the sanctuary, he is to offer a sin offering for himself, declares the Sovereign Lord.
Since death is viewed in the Old Testament as Levitically defiling bringing to remembrance most forcefully the sin of Adam which introduced death into the human family, priests will have to be careful in their contact with the dead. They are to avoid dead bodies and carcasses. Their service will be a ministry of life, not death. If the priest must have contact with a dead body (as in the case of a close relative), then he will have to follow the prescribed sacrifice for cleansing upon resuming priestly service.
Prayer: Holy and Gracious God, we might have been deeming that those defiling issues of the Old Testament appeared to be irrelevant to us today. However, as we start taking seriously our call of the priesthood in Christ, we need to admit that our carelessness in dealing with anything that may lead to our spiritual defiling is often getting us into a state of profound shock. Forgive our weakness / sinfulness in taking it lightly. May the Holy Spirit guide us into your truth granting us wisdom and power to overcome it. Amen.