(Leviticus 14, Matthew 27:1-22)
This shall be the law of the leprous person for the day of his cleansing. He shall be brought to the priest, and the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall look…. (Leviticus 14:2-3 ESV)
There are many Christian leaders who would have us do away with the Old Testament altogether. What a grave mistake this would be for us! The New Testament declares that there is now a priesthood of all believers. The priesthood is no longer comprised of a only a specific tribe or family, but as believers in Jesus, we have all been brought near to minister to our God. Hallelujah! This is wonderful!!
After rejoicing that we have been brought close, we should begin to look at the role of the priest, which is defined for us throughout the Old Testament. This role has not been obliterated by the cross of Christ, it has been expanded. Priests minister to the to the Lord. They make atonement for the people. And many times they are called to inspect. They inspect the sacrifices that are brought by the people. They inspect the people themselves. They even inspect homes.
Today, many would define ministry as charisma and motivational speaking, but this isn’t the ministry of priestliness. If it’s not priestly, if it’s afraid to inspect, then it’s not ministry. As believers, we must start by inspecting our own lives. Priestliness is not about the platform, it’s about how we live before the Lord. Take a closer look.