A REMINDER TO THE PRIEST
Did you ever get a command as a reminder. Most of us remember something like you better get that done before your dad get home. God reminds the priest of they are to bring honor to the Lord.
He gives a reminder Related to Judgment, the Covenant and the
office of Priesthood.
I. A Reminder Related to Judgment. v 2-3
A. Judgment To their Person v. 2 b
B. Judgment To their ministry v 2 b
1. Your blessings are not mine - they come curses
C. Reason for this warning related to Judgment.
v 2 c
1. YOUR NOT TAKING IT TO HEART.
D. Judgment To their seed, offspring, or arm v
1. They won't be able to perform
E. The penalty for disobedience v 3 b
1. Dung in the face -- your feast, etc.
2. Associated with dung -- they are like it
a. Refuge-Dung, vomit, garbage
b. They will be put on the garbage heap.
In the days of Jesus on this earth GAHENNA (BURNING GARBAGE PILE) was a sight any one could see as the garbage burned night and day. Today we need a reminded about the coming judgment for the Lost and the rewards judgment at Christ return.
Judgment is coming Repentance is necessary
II. A REMINDER RELATED TO THE COVENANT v 4 b-5
B. The Intent of the Covenant. v 5
1. On God's part 5 b
a. Give life
(1) Quality of life
b. Give peace
(1) Lasting peace (not as the world gives)
2. On man's part 5c
a. Reverence- many are cold and a few are frozen
(2) Obedience- is reverence - Mother & Father
b. Adoration of the NAME
(1) A high & Holy respect for His Name
On one occasion a rich family had two sons who played tricks on their parent's Chinese Cook.
They were always doing something mischievous and they began to feel guilty. They apologized to the cook and promised to never again play tricks on him. He being convinced they meant it said "then I will no longer spit in soup I cook for you.
Covenants always have a two way relationship.
III. A REMINDER RELATED TO THE PRIESTHOOD. v 6-9
B. What Priesthood should be
1. Preserver of Knowledge v 7 a
2. Instructor of Knowledge v 7 b
3. Messenger with Knowledge v 7 c
a. Called by God
b. Commissioned by God
c. Counseled by God
C. What Priesthood had become. v 8-9
1. An example of waywardness 8 a
2. The cause of stumbling
3. A corrupter of the covenant
a. God not source of life and peace
b. Man doesn't need to reverence or adore.
Jim and Tami Bakker, and Jimmy Swaggart are good illustrations
of how a person can fail to return to the Lord until they make the ministry