Many Christians are ignorant of one fact. They are royal priests. They are not just normal priests. The difference is significant and important. We are not from the line of Aaron. We are from the line of David. Like Melchizedek, David was both king and. What is the big deal you say? Well it has to do with the tabernacles Aaron and David. Aaron was a preist in the tabernacle of Moses. David built his own tabernacle. I am reproducing an article from Paul White to show you why to me it is a HUGE DEAL.
“In Acts 15, the Apostle James speaks to the assembled apostles and preachers at the council in Jerusalem. The council was held so that the Jewish apostles could determine what they should say and preach to the new Gentile converts regarding the observance of Jewish law. In his speech, James quotes our text from the book of Amos, placing Amos’ prophecy in New Testament times, not far off in some future millennium.
James states that the advent of Jesus and His death on the cross has brought back the tabernacle of David. Even the least experienced Bible student knows that the tabernacle was built by Moses, many years before David came along, and that David’s son Solomon constructed the temple. So when and where was there ever a tabernacle of David?
David decided that the Ark of the Covenant had been missing from Jerusalem for too long. Moses’ tabernacle was set up in Gibeon, but David wanted to bring the presence of the Lord to the capital of Israel and Judah, so he had a cart constructed so that the Ark could be rolled in. On the way, one of David’s men touched the Ark as it was shaking on the cart and he fell over dead. David was frightened of the Ark’s power so he took it to the nearest house, the home of a Gentile named Obed-edom.
Obed-edom means, “Servant of Edom”. Edom is another name for Esau, showing us that this man was actually a descendent of Jacob’s brother Esau. For the next 3 months, blessings are poured on the house of Obed-edom, and as David hears of this, he becomes a bit envious in his spirit, desiring that God would bless him with such goodness. This prompts David to take the Ark out of Obed-edom’s house and bring it up to Jerusalem, this time with priests carrying it, as Moses had been instructed.
David places the Ark in a tabernacle that he pitches for it (2 Samuel 6:17). 1 Chronicles 15:1 tells us that this “tabernacle” is a tent. David seems unconcerned with placing the Ark in the Holy of Holies, in the tabernacle at Gibeon, for he makes no effort to do so. Instead, he leaves it in Jerusalem, basking off of the same blessings that were on it while in the house of Obed-edom. Through all of this he had learned that God’s blessings were not on the tabernacle, but on the Ark, and that God would bless all who approached it, even an unworthy Gentile.
James references this prophecy because of what Christ’s finished work has accomplished. Under the Old Covenant, God was to be feared and placed at a distance. Only the high priest ever saw the ark while it was in the tabernacle, and that only once per year. David is hearkening forward to a better covenant built upon better promises, when all of God’s people can go boldly into the presence of the Lord and have their moment at the mercy seat of heaven, covered by the blood of the precious, spotless Lamb.
Believers no longer worship a distant entity, but a living God. Because Christ lives in us, we worship at David’s tabernacle, where God’s presence is always right where we are. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and God dwells in us (1 Corinthians 6:19). Just as in David’s tabernacle, the blessings are not on the tent, but on the Ark in the tent. The blessings that we experience are not because of us but because of our Jesus in us! Therefore, His blessings are not dependent on how good we are or how consecrated we may be, but rather they are dependent on how good Jesus is. As Amos said, even the remnant of Edom and all of the heathen are called by the name of the Lord (Amos 9:12)”
Dear friends, there is also another point which I would like to raise with you. Do you realize there is also a major difference between the tabernacle of Moses and the tabernacle of David?
The tabernacle of Moses consists of 3 chambers but the tabernacle of David only 1. The tabernacle of Moses calls for only one person to come into the Holy of Hlolies wherein in David’s tabernacle you walked straight into the presence of the ark of the covenant. In Psalm 91 David speaks of sleeping under the shadow of the Most High. David literally slept next to the ark of the covenant and was not slain.
When Peter called us the royal priesthood he speaks to us as living stones which were build on Jesus the cornerstone in God’s house. In God’s temple. He speaks of us as being the living bricks and stones which form the house where God stays. Paul calls us the very sanctuary of the Holy Spirit. You are now not the outer court, not the inner court but the very sanctuary of the Holy Spirit.
What does it do for us? I know today of many believers who live in fear and in condemnation. The way they approach God is very much like the Levites. The continually count their sins against God and use their confession as if the Blood of Jesus had not taken away their sins. The serve a God who lives in church and they do not think of themselves as holy enough to approach him without countless confessions and heaping much condemnation upon themselves.
Dear friends, you do not belong to that priesthood. The priesthood of the Levites is dead. You belong to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. You have direct access. Your sins have been taken away once and for all. The Father and Jesus lives in you through the Holy Spirit. Check this out:
New International Version (NIV)
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
So dear friends, do not have this attitude that we have to serve him like the Levites do, rather rejoice that you now carry Him in you. In fact, He is now inseparable from you. He lives through you. That my friend is why when you place your hands on someone when they are sick, they will be healed. That is why my friend, when you tell demons to leave, they do. You are righteous and the King lives in you and you have been given that authority.
New King James Version (NKJV)
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
(Caveat: the serpents here are not snakes. It is mistranslated, snakes here depicts evil spirits. Also the apostle John was fed poisoned but did not die from it, I don’t encourage you to try it though.)
The Kingdom of God is already here and is already within you. The King is now in you.
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