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20th October 2013
The story of how the Israelites left Egypt is mentioned in the Bible more than almost any other story. Many people who have never opened a Bible may be familiar with the story through films such as The Prince of Egypt.
This story is very relevant to you today, because Christians are part of that people – the moment you started following Jesus, you became part of God's people. Exodus 19:1-6 gives a remarkable description of what God's people are intended to be: namely, "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (v6).
This is how God identifies His people; it's how the Church is described in 1 Peter 2:9 and Revelation 5:10. We, God's people, are kings and priests! What on Earth does that mean?
Humans were actually always supposed to have these roles – we were created to be kings, governing the Earth wisely on God's behalf and filling it, and priests, blessing the world by representing people to God (through prayer and sacrifice) and God to people (declaring who God is, teaching).
In the Old Testament, two tribes and two individuals summed up what kings and priests were supposed to look like: Judah and Levi, and David and Aaron, respectively. And in one remarkable Psalm, the writer predicts that one day Israel will have a priest-king forever. That priest-king is Jesus: he governs the world wisely, subdues God's enemies, judges the nations, has all authority, represents God to man and man to God, offers the perfect sacrifice, and emerges victorious as the conquering King!
After this, the Holy Spirit is poured out on God's people, which thoroughly transforms us into the kings and priests that God always said His people would be! Seeing ourselves as kings and priests affects our lives in numerous ways. For example, it changes our understanding of work, suffering, evangelism, and justice.
Our identity as kings and priests rests entirely on the identity of Jesus Christ, as the great King and the true Priest. He's the Lord of the world and the once-for-all sacrifice!
To download the life application PDF and sermon, click here.
Posted by Andrew Wilson