When I was growing up, my amazing mother would take the little we had and make the most of it. Like most families, we never realized what we didn’t have, and were taught to be good stewards of what we did have. I remember pouring myself a glass of milk one day and noticing the color of the milk looked light blue and tasted nothing like the milk I was used to. Later I discovered my mom had switched over to powdered milk and poured it in the original milk container to ease us into the change. We complained about that milk for months, and eventually we won and went back to “real” milk!
In the Old Testament, the priesthood was the dominant theme in Israel’s history after God established it through Aaron. The people found the messages of the Prophets hard to explain at times and inconsistent kings could be swayed and easily defeated. The priesthood was the only go-between they had to approach God. They brought their worship and offerings to the temple, and the priest was the one to prepare their gifts and present their offerings to Yahweh.
Ultimately the Old Testament priesthood was human and no substitute for the Christ – like powdered milk versus whole milk. People and worldly things were never designed to be stand-ins for the Son of God. Jesus Christ is the only priest capable of redeeming His people and leading us to hope and true restoration.
Even with access to the true High Priest, we find ourselves seeking out worldly things to fill our longings. We turn to substitutes with the belief that our heart needs will be fulfilled. Accept no substitutes. And may we all be diligent in identifying those things that replace the High Priest in our own lives.
Jesus Is Our High Priest – Hebrews 4:14-16 (NCV)
14 Since we have a great high priest, Jesus the Son of God, who has gone into heaven, let us hold on to the faith we have. 15 For our high priest is able to understand our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way that we are, but he did not sin. 16 Let us, then, feel very sure that we can come before God’s throne where there is grace. There we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it.
May this be a season of gratefulness for what we have been given,