Leviticus 22:9 Sermon
“The priests are to perform my service in such a way that they do not become guilty and die for treating it with contempt. I am the Lord, who makes them holy.
In the Old Testament the priests especially had to carefully examine how they conducted their duties and responsibilities. They were “holy” meaning “set apart” for the Lord’s work.
So too are we as believers, “holy” set apart for our Master’s work. The priests would need to consecrate themselves before approaching the Lord ar doing his work.
So too if we want to be useful minosters of Christ, we must consecrate our hearts and lives. In order for the Levitical priests to be able to approach holy God for service, blood and animal sacrifice had to be made so they could come close
“Take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head. Slaughter it, take some of its blood and put it on the lobes of the right ears of Aaron and his sons, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet. Then splash blood against the sides of the altar. And take some blood from the altar and some of the anointing oil and sprinkle it on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. Then he and his sons and their garments will be consecrated.
Exodus 29:19-21 –
Yet far better is our New Covenant that Christ brought. Under the old system, since Jesus Christ had not yet come, animal sacrifice was necessary for even priests to come close. Yet how much better is Jesus Christ, the “Perfect Lamb of God”
The New Testament book of Hebrews explains how significant Christ’s death in our place became, it had power greater then that of a lamb or ram, it can cleanse the heart, not just outwardly a man or woman.
The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
Hebrews 9:13-14 –
So there we have a greater means for cleansing. Now if we are to “Serve the living God” we must first be “Children of God” by faith in Jesus Christ.
Yet we also can practically comsecrate ourselves daily, by approaching the Lord in prayerful search and asking Him to cleanse our hearts and prepare us to do His will each day! Prayer is one means where we can posture our hearts and position them in a way that glorifies the Lord. When our hearts are right and positioned well, then everything we “Do” from that right heart will be, “Acceptable”
Yet, failure to pray and ask God to purify our hearts, may indeed leave our wrong motives unchecked, or wrong attitudes undealt with, so even the good we try to achieve may not be out of the clean motives we ought to have!
Indeed we must purify our hearts through the Word and prayer. In this same chapter of Leviticus it says “Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf. (Leviticus 22:20)
-Indeed as believers we want our efforts and work for the Lord to be “accepted” right? Then shall we neglect consecrating our hearts each morning so that whatever we do from that will be “Acceptable offering to the Lord”
We should confess whatever known sin the Lord reveals, and ask him to cleanse us. We should position our hearts with thankfulness. We should seek Him woth earmestness, asking He work in us “Both to will and act according to His good purpose” (Philippians 2:13)
We cannot neglect prayer and sprinkling of the Word into our lives. If we seek Him first we will surely see we accomplish far more quality work then when we neglect this spiritual fundamental!