God wanted His nation of Israel to be a nation of priests in order to share His glory and His blessings with the unbelieving nations that surrounded them. For Israel to become a holy people to magnify a holy God, God had to establish a holy priesthood.
Today, we must learn from this because God still wants His priests (us) to minister to the world as that holy and royal priesthood. We must be faithful to God and follow His lead exactly, just as the priests were required to back then. This is so that we may not fall away into idolatry (our “idea” of whom God is and what He wants). But rather that we proclaim the praises of Him Who called them out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
The priests of old had certain basic requirements that were to be met, as well as certain restrictions that kept them from serving as priests. None of that has changed and, as you will see in the attached Study Guide, the requirements and restrictions of the old priesthood still hold true for us today. For the Old Testament priests, it was a physical realm of responsibility; for the New Testament priests (us), it is a spiritual realm of responsibility. All praise be to our mighty God!
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