Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Royal Priesthood: Taking Care of the House of Yahweh

Taking Care of Your Temples

This next post will deal with taking care of the house of Yahweh--guarding and performing the work of Yahweh in the Temple. In my previous posts explained how Yahweh wants us to worship him. He has a set pattern. And, we saw how he wants us to reverence Him. If you have not read those sections, take time to read those before moving on with this post.

Royal Priesthood: Preparing your Sanctuary for Worship
Royal Priesthood: Reverencing the House of Yahweh 

Guard the House of Yahweh at all Times 

Numbers 18:1-7
Corridor, entrance into the church, public domain photos

This particular commandment, to guard the House of Yahweh at all times is a poignant message for us today. He commanded the Priests and the Levites to guard the Temple so that others will not defile it. He gave them specific responsibilities for approaching the Most High on behalf of the children of Israel, thus saving them from death. The Heavenly Father only authorized the Levitical Priests to do this. Why? Because they were set apart as a sacrifices to offer sacrifices and worship the Almighty.

The Priests were responsible for any misuse of the furnishing or any wrongful attempt by unauthorized individuals to approach the Most Holy Place (Numbers 18:1). Everything that Yahweh had in place was significant to the cleanliness of the Priest while in the Temple; therefore, one would have to know the duties of the Priests in order not to defile themselves or the Temple of Yahweh. Great care had to be taken so that no one would sin against the Sanctuary by breaking any of the commandments as it pertains to performing priestly duties. Any sin against the Sanctuary would be the responsibility of the Priest. This is why Yahweh put them in charge of guarding the House of Yahweh; so that any consequences of violating this commandment would be avoided.

Results of Sinning Against the Temple 

Any unauthorized Israelites attempting to perform any of the Priestly duties was put to death (Numbers 18:7). Likewise, we are to put to death profane things that would violate the commandments of Yahweh, even before it reaches our Temples. We are to watch what comes into our Temples through the eyes, ears, mouth, touch, and smell. These are our 5 natural senses, yet they are gateways, our openings to our Temples that can cause us to sin.

We are to take responsibility for our sins when we break one of His commandments about worship, loving the Heavenly Father, and loving HIS people; just as the Levitical Priests of the Old Testament.Today, those that are redeemed and those that are righteous are of the royal priesthood. We are set apart and can go directly to the throne of God in prayer and in worship in the way that He instructs.

What is sin according the Bible?

The Word tells us that sin is the transgression of the Law (I John 3:4). If you know the Law, what is permitted and what is not permitted, then you can truly govern your life according to the Law because it truly is His will. It is what HE wants. Let's take a look at a few commandments out of the 613 commandments that you may already be familiar with:

  • Be thankful to Yahweh in prayer, praise, and deed. (Deuteronomy 8:10)
  • Walk in Yahweh's ways (Deuteronomy 28:9)
  • Show honor and respect to your parents (Exodus 20:12)
  • Do not mistreat a stranger (Exodus 22:21)
  • Do not practice sorcery, witchcraft, magic, consult with demonic spirits, or attempt to contact the dead (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

Person meditating on the beach, at sun set istockphotography
When we break one of these 613 commandments we are to repent and turn away from the sin and make it right. Making it right before God means to really put forth an effort to not get involved in the sin anymore. It may mean letting some people or things go in our lives. Asking for forgiveness is only part of the solution to getting rid of sin. We must take responsibility by asking the Heavenly Father for help in making the necessary changes to stay out of sin. This will keep you out of the cycle of doing something you know is wrong and asking for forgiveness for the same thing. This the true meaning of  taking responsibility for your sins and this is what Yahweh expects from us as we guard the house of Yahweh--our bodies and our Temples.

A Priest and a Levite Must Perform their Appointed work in the House of Yahweh

Numbers 18:6,7; 23

copyright2012 katina davenport praise dance at churchPriests are called out by God to do a work for Him. Whether you are a liturgical dancer or an Evangelist; if you are saved by His grace then you are called to do a work for Him. In the Old Testament the Priests and Levites were appointed to perform specific duties in the Temple. The main purpose of the Priest was to minister to the Heavenly Father and to atone for the sins of the Israelites on their behalf. It is important to note that the duties have not changed spiritually.

When the Messaiah was crucified to redeem our sins we gained direct access to the throne room of God. Now, He lives in us because we have the Holy Spirit. We became the Temple of the Holy Spirit; a place where God lives. This particular reveals how we must perform the appointed work in the House of Yahweh by guarding our Temples, through forgiveness and repentance, and through worship.

Though we may be liturgical dancers, have spiritual gifts, and work in the five fold ministry we still have our main work to do in taking care of our Temples. Therefore, liturgical dancers take care of your Temples by guarding what comes in and performing your priestly duties. Dance before the Yahweh knowing that you are living the life you were intended to live. This is the true lifestyle of worship.

©2012 Katina Davenport all rights reserved 

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