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365 Devotionals: The Story of Moses
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP
The Seeds of Promise Devotional Series
From The Levitical Priesthood to the Levitical Worshiper
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|26th||Exodus||Chapter 28||From The Levitical Priesthood to the Levitical Worshiper|
Memory Verse: Tell all who are expert, whom I have endowed with skill and good judgment, that they shall make Aaron’s garments to sanctify him for My priesthood. Exodus 28:3 AMP
Devotional Reading: Exodus 28:1-4 AMP
1 From among the Israelites take your brother Aaron and his sons with him, that he may minister to Me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons. 2 And you shall make for Aaron your brother sacred garments [appointed official dress set apart for special holy services] for honor and for beauty. 3 Tell all who are expert, whom I have endowed with skill and good judgment, that they shall make Aaron’s garments to sanctify him for My priesthood. 4 They shall make these garments: a breastplate, an ephod [a distinctive vestment to which the breastplate was to be attached], a robe, long and sleeved tunic of checkerwork, a turban, and a sash or band. They shall make sacred garments for Aaron your brother and his sons to minister to Me in the priest’s office.
Prior to the dedication of the Levitical Priesthood, the heads of families served as Priests. After God delivered the Ten Commandments to the Israelites via Moses, God commanded that Moses’ brother Aaron and Aaron’s sons be consecrated, or set aside to serve in the Priestly office. Aaron was the first High Priest under this new commandment. According to this calling, God gave instruction concerning the raiment and adornment of Aaron and his sons. The extravagance of the Priestly adornments is in stark contrast to the “modesty” that believers are to be recognized by. God is a Spirit of excellence. He demands the best of his servants. God specifically called for the people who had excellent skills  according to His endowments of skill, to be commissioned to make all the raiments and jeweled applications and all of the adornments of the Priesthood.
If you are not a fan of getting all dressed up to go to a church service, it makes the Priestly robing and headdress and all other elements seem overdone. Why did the Priest have so many and such extravagant adornments? God is a King. In a kingdom, the reputation and possession of the subjects (people in the kingdom) are a reflection of the King, who provides for every need of the people. It is no wonder that the Priest would so covered when the kingdom of heaven boasts streets paved with gold so pure that it appears as glass.
Aaron and his sons were to be dressed according to all the details described in Exodus 28, whenever they entered the Tent of Meeting – the place where God would descend his glory and speak directly with Moses, and receive the blessing to His name from the Priests; and when the Priests went to the altar to minister in the Holy Place. To be improperly dressed for a Priest was to have death upon him. “TODAY there are natural blood descendants of the tribe of Levi, and there are spiritual blood descendants (through Christ’s atonement): people chosen and called to this specific Levitical calling” .
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
I Peter 2:9 AMP
Devotional Reading: Deuteronomy 10:8-9 AMP
8 At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister to Him and to bless in His name unto this day. 9 Therefore Levi has no part or inheritance with his brethren; the Lord is his inheritance, as the Lord your God promised him.)
The Three-Fold Mandate of the Levitical Priesthood
There were three specific aspects to the calling of the Levitical Priesthood: 1.) “To carry the ark of the covenant of the of Yahweh”, representing the Glory of God, after which the Israelites were to follow, wheresoever it went. Those called as Levitical worshippers today, carry the Glory of God with them. “Wherever they are, the Presence and Glory of God rests on them. As they enter a room, the Presence of God begins to fill the atmosphere. Those called as Levitical worshippers need to see themselves as carriers of God’s glory, shining from their faces, with ever-increasing glory (II Cor. 3:18), and flowing with the healing, restoring, transforming Presence of God where they walk”. 2.) “To stand before Yahweh to minister to him”. “Ministry to the Lord takes precedence over all other ministry… and means to focus your first love, your highest attention, your greatest energy, and your deepest passion on Him. It means to express your love and devotion to him first of all with all that is within you (Psalms 103), and with any and every means he has given to you: through thanksgiving and praise, through loud shouts and exuberant dancing, as well as with quiet devotion and deep reverence; with tambourines or clapping or the use of any instruments we have, to express our highest praise. It means to lavish our love on him with the best we can offer, as Queen Esther did in preparing a feast for the King, or Mary of Bethany in pouring her most precious ointment on the feet of Jesus.” 3.) “To bless in his name”- The word translated “bless” is the Hebrew word “barak.” Interestingly, it comes from the Hebrew root “berech” which is the word for “knee.” It is one of the seven Hebrew terms used for expressions of praise or worship, and is almost always used in the context of “blessing” God, e.g. Let us kneel (barak) before Yahweh, our Maker. (Ps.95:6) However, in this context, the Levites are mandated to bless “in his name.” In other words, as they “barak” – kneel before the Lord, blessing him first, then they are also called to “bless in his name.” Today, Levitical worshippers are called to first of all bless the Lord, He then also mandates them to “bless others in His name.” Those called to this Levitical ministry, will inevitably be constantly blessing others. Wherever they go, blessings flow from their mouths to those around them. They speak blessings to their environment, to the businesses they are connected to, to their Churches, to their families, to their culture. These Levitical worshippers release blessings, because they first “barak” – kneel before the Lord, and bless him.
The Levitical Priests did not have inheritance among their bretheren. Literally, God was their inheritance. Everything belongs to God; and to the Levites was no good thing witheld from Jehovah Jireh – their provider. [Deuteronomy. 10:9]. God also warned the Israelites not to forget or neglect the Levites (God’s Ministers)  as long as the people lived in the land given to them by God, promised to their fathers to possess it.
The Levitical Priesthood passed from generation to generation of the descendants of Aaron until Christ became the High Priest by His ultimate sacrifice for the sins of all people and His resurrection to the right hand of the Father, where he pleads our case continually. Consequently, the Levitical Priesthood was replaced with the Priesthood of Christians, which endures until the second coming of Christ.
 Exodus 28:3
 What is a Levitical Worshipper? – http://www.24-7worship.org/pb/wp_43ebf2fb/wp_43ebf2fb.html
 Deuteronomy 12:19; 14:27