These are the notes from yesterday’s sermon. However, they are a little different from what I preached on Sunday. I had the opportunity to attend a concert on Saturday evening. The Holy Spirit spoke to me through the concert and part of my sermon was changed due to what the Holy Spirit put on my heart to share.
The sermon from Sunday was recorded. We are working to make that available to you as a CD or a download. We will let you know as soon as it is available.
The text for this sermon is Ezekiel 33:1-9. The title of this sermon is: The Watchmen.
What The Old Testament Says About The Priesthood
The priests in the Old Testament had many duties. A few of them were:
- offering sacrifices
- pronouncing people clean or unclean
- read and explain the law
- Every year was the Day of Atonement. Sacrifices were made to God for God to forgive the sins of all the people.
The priest would enter the Holy Place with a bull and a goat. The priest would have to take a bath and then dress in the holy garments. He would offer the bull as a sin offering. After the bull was sacrificed, he would take a censer of coals and two handfuls of sweet incense and take it inside the veil and put the incense on the fire before the LORD. The cloud of incense had to cover the mercy seat so that the priest would not die. Then the goat had to be offered as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole nation. No one was allowed to be in the temple while this was going on. After the atonement was made, the priest would have to take another bath and get dressed again but in different clothes than he had worn before.
- The priest was the only one who could be in the presence of God.
When Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn in half. What that means is because of Jesus, any person not just the priest can be in the presence of God. Because of the Holy Spirit, God no longer lives in a building. He lives inside his church. He lives inside the heart of every born – again Christian.
The Priesthood Of Believers
1 Peter 2:5, 9-10
Peter reminds us that we are chosen by Jesus to be part of His church. We are like living stones. Peter also reminds us in verse 9 that we are to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
That means that the urgent, immediate context of Acts 1:8 is for all believers.
A question arises. Why would you not want to proclaim the gospel of our Lord Jesus?
We have to look at these verses and see what directly applies to us today.
We are called to share the gospel.
Like the watchman in the tower, we proclaim the gospel and boast of Jesus so that all within the sound of our voice may hear the good news of Jesus.
You are only the messenger. You deliver the message. You are not responsible for what the person does with the message.
It is simply scattering seed.
What happens if we don’t obey?
One would have to question if we truly loved Jesus.
John said that you cannot say that you love Jesus and hate your brother. If you never share the gospel with anyone, you do not love them.