THE PRIESTS’ CONDUCT
And the Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: ‘None shall defile himself for the dead among his people, except for his relatives who are nearest to him: his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, and his brother; also his virgin sister who is near to him, who has had no husband, for her he may defile himself. Otherwise, he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself. ‘They shall not make any bald place on their heads, nor shall they shave the edges of their beards nor make any cuttings in their flesh. They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God, for they offer the offerings of the Lord made by fire and the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy. They shall not take a wife who is a harlot or a defiled woman, nor shall they take a woman divorced from her husband; for the priest is holy to his God. Therefore you shall consecrate him, for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be holy to you, for I the Lord, who sanctify you, am holy. The daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the harlot, she profanes her father. She shall be burned with fire. (Leviticus 21:1-9).
The scripture above specifically focused on the priests that represent the people while they minister to God. These priests must not defile themselves in their daily activities as regards their dead bodies, shaving their beards, and in the type of woman, they marry, because God is holy and does not want anything unholy near him. The Bible says those that do not walk according to the Law of God have defiled themselves. (Psalm 119:1). We need to appreciate God today that so many people that are called by God have defiled themselves in one way or the other, and they are still ministering in this capacity. Reading through the scripture as I have been doing in the writing of the Daily Words of Wisdom, I cannot but bow down to God Almighty in appreciation for the work of the Cross that opened the veil of the barrier to the Most Holy Place that makes it possible for everyone to have access. Otherwise, nobody would have been able to come before Him. This was what John meant when he said “And of His fullness, we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1: 16-18). When God sees us, He does not see our unrighteousness but sees the blood of Jesus that has covered our sins and so we are able to worship and minister to Him. Nobody can boast in the good works he has done, because all the good that we think we have done are like filthy rags before Him. We are all saved by the grace of God which is in Christ Jesus. Psalms 32:1-2 says “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.” The blood of Jesus washes away the sins of the ministers and every one of us which qualifies us to be able to appear before Him.
Ministers of God today must not abuse the Grace of God that has been poured on us. We are still held accountable to whatever we did in the flesh. Ministers of God should see themselves as people who must lead by example. We cannot be preachers alone and not be the doer of the Word. Though we know our sins are forgiven, we cannot continue in sin and ask the grace of God abound. 1 Timothy 3:2-4 says “A bishop (Overseer) then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover, he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he falls into reproach and the snare of the devil.”
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we can easily be defiled if we don’t walk in His precepts or follow His rules and regulations. My prayer to God is that He will open our eyes and hearts to the wonderful things in His word so that we can prosper thereby as His ministers in Jesus Name. Amen. Be Blessed!!!