Day 1 Sunday August 6
The Church is the house that houses a priesthood— a worshiping community that offers spiritual sacrifices to God.
THIS PRIESTHOOD OF worshipers is God’s restoration project. It is the fulfillment of the tabernacle of David, where all would be able to minister unto God. His design from the start was a “kingdom of priests” (Exod. 19:6). What was pictured in an elite few under the Old Covenant has now been fulfilled in a company of people. The blood of Jesus promotes every believer into the position of a priest. You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5). No longer is there need for a physical sacrificial system to make humanity acceptable before the Holy God. Blood sacrifices of bulls, goats, and sheep simply could not transition from the Old to the New, for it was impossible for them to remove the stain of our sin (see Heb. 10:4). An exchange has been made to where, now, the acceptable sacrifice is one of praise (see Heb. 13:15). Man no longer owed a debt to produce right standing before God. Jesus paid this in full. Now, the sacrifice is responsive, not redemptive. We respond to the work of redemption through spiritual sacrifices of praise rather than trying to receive redemption through physical sacrifices of blood.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING: HEBREWS 13:7-16
Father, may Your praise always be on my lips. I worship and adore You for Your great love and the sacrifice You made for me. You’ve bought me with a price, and I want to worship You with every part of my being. You are worthy.
WHAT FATHER IS SAYING TO ME TODAY?