What image does the word "priest" bring to mind? As Geoff points out, it's an office that has largely fallen into disrepute, yet it really mattered to the writers of the Bible. We start a new series God's way of blessing the world by looking at the role of every Christian in connecting the world with God.
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Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, ‘This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: “... Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant ... you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”’
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
They sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.’