Wounded Priests

 

Wounded Priests

The bride of Christ is a priesthood (Rev 1:6, 5:10) and the Levitical priests of the old covenant are a type and foreshadow of the bride of Christ. Leviticus chapter 21 contains rules God gave Moses concerning priestly holiness expected of the Levites.

It was strictly forbidden for priests with wounds or defects to enter the Holy Place of the Tabernacle to give offerings to God, nor could wounded priests enter behind the veil into the Most Holy Place, where the glory of God rested above the mercy seat (Exo 25:17-22).

Then the Lord said to Moses, 17 “Give the following instructions to Aaron: In all future generations, none of your descendants who has any defect will qualify to offer food to his God. 18 No one who has a defect qualifies, whether he is blind, lame, disfigured, deformed, 19 or has a broken foot or arm, 20 or is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or has a defective eye, or skin sores or scabs, or damaged testicles. 21 No descendant of Aaron who has a defect may approach the altar to present special gifts to the Lord. Since he has a defect, he may not approach the altar to offer food to his God. 22 However, he may eat from the food offered to God, including the holy offerings and the most holy offerings. 23 Yet because of his physical defect, he may not enter the room behind the inner curtain or approach the altar, for this would defile my holy places. I am the Lord who makes them holy.” Leviticus 21:16-23 NLT

Since everything under the old covenant is meant to foreshadow and teach us principles under God’s New Covenant (Rom 15:4, 1 Cor 10:11), we must pay attention to what the Lord is showing us concerning wounded priests.

Unhealed wounds and sin that has stained our soul prevents us from entering into the depth of communion God desires to have with His people. A wounded soul restricts and blocks the flow of the Holy Spirit, therefore we cannot achieve priestly holiness. We cannot offer ourselves fully to the Lord until our wounds are healed and our soul is cleansed.

My experience has taught me that inner healing requires prayer and seeking the Lord to be healed and cleansed from these things. Jesus is our healer, and the scriptures declare that by His stripes we are healed, meditate on these scriptures and seek Jesus for your inner healing.

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21

In Christ, Sarah

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