|The Purified Priesthood And Temple
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
Why such detail to purity to the temple as well as the priesthood that minister to the Lord within the Temple? If Godís people are to be a witness to the lost why can not the lost enter into the temple of the Lord. The temple of the Lord was not for pagan idols or priesthoods. Other countries temples were litered with all kinds of gods and goddesses, not always having separate place of worship between gods. They were temples of Idolatry. Godís house was special, God called for his house not to be a den of thieves or a temple of Idolatry or Adultery. Godís house was to be sinless in the since of He was the only one to be worshipped within the temple. Those of pagan and idolatry were not allowed in to change the ways of God. They were not allowed in to worship, until they had been baptized and circumcised in the ways of God and have removed their idolatry and sin.
At one time the tradition of the church was to have teacher and ministers that taught outside the church among the heathens, and idolaters the ways of God in Home Bible Study People invite people to church without any thought of that personís belief. Is this a bad things. Is the church corrupt. The church is only corrupt if they allow false gods to be worshipped inside their building. There are ministers today that will perform any religious ceremony known to man and their others that will only do ceremonies for God, Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit. One has to ask what kind of minister are you? Is there anything wrong with being kind to someone of another faith and interceding and using their faith to bring comfort in times of mourning, or dedication as far as children? My first question is who called you to serve God? God, the devil or the idols? Can the kindness of minister that perform many ceremonies be a witness of faith? Can someone marry someone outside the faith or even someone like homosexual couple? One has to ask is money involved? I think the better question is who called you to serve him. There will be always people that will be able to serve in those capacities that are nnot purified as the Holy Priesthood. However the people God need to know the difference of a minister for financial gain and one for Christ Jesus, One that service God alone.
We must remember God uses heathens, idolators through out scripture for his will. What kind of prophet was Haggi, Joes, Amos, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Obadiah, Micah, Zachariah, Zephaniah, Ezra, Nehemiah and Malachi. What kind of kings were Abimelech, Ahab, Solomon, King David and King Saul? None of the kings or Priest hear denied Godís call. However one priest name Hosea was called to marry adulterous woman, and some of these kings fear more then one god.
The call of purity and call of God on individual life? Are you called to serve God alone, or many gods? God only calls us to serve Him. He calls us to be separate from pagan practices. On my homepage I mention that there was two types of worship for Easter. I do not doubt some wonder why mention anything other then Christ. It is to help make people aware that not all celebrate Easter/Resurrection Day in tribute to Jesus victory over sin and death. It is a warning that people need to wake up that are believers in Christ that not all that say Lord, Lord will be entering into the kingdom. We need to cleanse our idolatry and idolatry practices no matter how innocent they are from ourselves and our practices. God has called his children to be part of the royal priesthood of God. To follow in Christ footsteps in the ways of God. He called us to be separatist and to teach others the baptism/circumcision of the heart of God. In other words we are to preach throughout the world about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Those not interested we leave alone, only acting in kindness despite our disagreements, to win them to Christ and to be a decent human being.
The truth of the matter there are places that do allow more then one faith to be served in even today, but God has not called his house a house of iniquity/sin. He called it to be holy. Do you serve as God has called you. Hosea, married Gomer and said it was of God. Not everything God ordains is Holy or right. Something are for a teaching of the people. How did Hosea separate his duties as a prophet from who He married, I believe He used his wife in his ministry dealing with Idolatry of Israel. See faith is individual. You can not make the person you live with or married to saved. You can only be a testimony to the person if they are unsaved and can only be a partner in faith with someone of the same faith. God cause us as individuals first and then as we teach our family and friends second t be holy to Him alone. Faith is individual, and within the walls of worship that place is Holy. Do you have a Holy place to worship, most of us are not in a purified world, but there are cultures that are living in a purified state but not always up to that holiness. Not one group is without sin. We can not force people to believe as we do. We must allow and pray for God to convict the heart. Our job is to only obey God in love and purity.
Dear Heavenly Father your call of your children is to purity. It not just to the priesthood but to individuals who desire to obey and follow you. Whether in the place of purity or a place of iniquity, may your purity run through the believer cleansing the believer from sin. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:1 Peter 2:9-12 KJV
(9) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
(10) Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
(11) Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
(12) Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.