This post is Day 19 in a series of studies about “Separation”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Separation – Day 19
All Christians are called today to be priests. This means living for the Lord, representing Him to those around us, and spending time in prayer (Revelation 1:6 & 5:10). We must each do the job the Lord has called us to do with all our heart, mind soul and strength.
2 Chronicles 26:21
King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died. He lived in a separate house – leprous, and excluded from the temple of the LORD.
Leprosy was always, and still is today, a disease which separates. This was a very sad ending for King Uzziah who had led a blessed, successful and profitable life. The key to his sudden downfall is told in verse 16. “But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall”. What a sad statement that is!
Uzziah stepped over the line, and tried to perform the task of priest. He knew this was forbidden by God and it was certainly not his calling. Why would he do that? He was king from the young age of sixteen. He had sat in the seat of authority for more that fifty years bringing stability and doing amazing things for his people.
The role of priest in Old Testament times was kept for the Levite men. Things didn’t change until the veil of separation was torn at the moment of Jesus’ death (Matthew 27:51). That was a sign for the beginning of the New Kingdom on earth where believers would be a kingdom of priests to serve our God (Revelation 5:9-10).
All Christians are called today to be priests. This means living for the Lord, representing Him to those around us, and spending time in prayer (Revelation 1:6 & 5:10).
We must each do the job the Lord has called us to do with all our heart, mind soul and strength.
Read the whole chapter of 2 Chronicles 26 for the list of the good things Uzziah had done.
Pray for the leaders of your church, your town, your nation not to fall into the problem of pride. Pray that they acknowledge the Lord who puts them in those positions.
Praise God that the Christian Church does not have the limits of the ancient temple practices. Praise Him for the freedom we have in Christ.
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