Touches by Ofer Amitai

May 3, 2020

Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of Israel Prayer Centre

 

 

Touches: Small Thoughts On a Very Big God

Ex. 29:29 “The holy garments of Aaron shall be for his sons after him; they shall be anointed in them and ordained in them.

Ex. 28:12 And you shall set the two stones on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, as stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel. And Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD on his two shoulders for remembrance.

Heb. 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Heb. 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need

The clothing of the priests in the tabernacle has been of much interest to many. It is not my intention here to try to explain their symbolism but only to point out that the Hebrew for the word “ordained” in verse 29 is of particular interest here. The Hebrew for “ordained” reads, “to fill their hands.” And that would mean to empower, to equip, to give responsibility and authority, to do the work. Ordination is not just a consecration to work, but empowerment to do the work.

Why is this important? The priest was a person who came before God on official business; He was to go before God to plead for the people. He was not there as a private person, coming to offer his opinions and advice to the Lord. His clothing set him apart, even in his own mind, to do a work of intercession before God.

He officially bore the names of Israel on his shoulders and his heart. (Exodus 28:30)

Too often, we take the liberty to approach the Lord casually, offering our advice, opinions, and judgments about others to Him who sits on the throne. Unthinkingly we come before Him, through the veil of His flesh “dressed” in soulishness, forgetting that we ought to wear His Righteousness, that we ought to be aware that His Spirit is upon us. We forget that we are anointed with oil more precious than any earthly symbolic counterpart.

How glorious it would be if we understood all this. How glorious it would be if we came before God to insist that He bless the one we are praying for. That He would not relent but bless them and grace them and mercy them and bring them to the fulness, He has meant for their lives, that His victory on Calvary would be efficacious in their lives, and that God will be glorified in them.

How glorious it would be if we come before God with a Bible worn out from use, wet with tears, to plead for Israel in this manner. To insist that God so work that the whole world would know His great power to save, fulfill, transform even a nation that has so strayed from Him.

How glorious it would be if we come before God for His body, His bride, insisting that He sanctify her, cleanse her, complete her.That He would glorify His name in Her, and shine in her and through her with holiness and grace.

For such God is looking (Ezekiel 22:30), Will it be you?

Blessings in Messiah,

Ofer

 

Title: Touches
Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of Israel Prayer Centre
Date: 03.5.2020

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