So you shall appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall attend to their priesthood. (Numbers 3:10)
Just as the Levites were set apart from the rest of the tribes of Israel, so too were the priests set apart from the Levites. Let’s put it this way: Israel was set apart from the nations and the tribe of Levi was “set apart” from those that were “set apart.” The priests, then, were set apart from those who were set apart (Levites) from those who were set apart (Israel). I hope you followed that because something very important is revealed in this. There is rank in the Kingdom and it is determined by how close to God’s Presence one wishes to be.
Consider that in the days of the Sanctuary, worshipers were sectioned in this manner: most were in the courtyard, few were in the Holy Place and only one was in the Holy of Holies where the Presence resided. Applying that to the current situation within the Body it could suggest that most are comfortable going no further than the courtyard; some choose to go past that point and enter the Holy Place but very few are willing to pay the price required of them to enter into the Holy of Holies and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
David posed this question in the Psalms: “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:3-4). In the days of the Sanctuary, only the priests could stand in the Holy Place and only the High Priest was permitted into the most Holy Place. We understand that Messiah’s death, burial and resurrection has removed the veil that prevented us from going into the Holy of Holies and that, to some degree, it is now up to us whether we are willing to enter in. In other words, since we are regarded as a “royal priesthood,” we must ask ourselves whether we are content to remain in the court or are we determined to be as close to Him as permitted?
To stand in His Holy Place means we must have a pure heart and clean hands in order to touch the holy things of God. That means we must purify ourselves of anything and everything that would offend His Presence. We must be diligent to guard our hearts against the things of this world that would creep in and distract us. To truly be set apart, we must be filled with His Spirit and His Word and walk in a way that is straight and upright before Him. In this manner can we truly “attend to our priesthood” and honor the Holy One of Israel.
Blessings and Shalom,