Become a lawyer of God’s word
Becoming a lawyer is hard, I imagine, based on all of the movies I have seen. Even the challenge of passing the Bar exam frightens good students. Of course, it might be nothing like in the movies and the Bar exam might be easier than portrayed but, after all that, being a lawyer of the country’s law can’t exactly be a cake walk.
But being a student of God’s word should be easier, because unlike laws of the country, God’s law doesn’t change. Murder is still wrong and Adultery is still bad. Unless you belong to a church group that has boards and conferences where they discuss which of God’s laws needs to be updated for the modern times, then, indeed, God’s laws do not change. (Not that God’s laws ever do-though people do try to make us think that God’s laws can be changed.)
Ezra was a priest of God and it is noted about Ezra:
Ezr 7:10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.
This is a good idea for all of us.
The OT priests were assigned by God to teach and instruct the people. They did not do a good job of doing this and many times, (like today), corrupted God’s word, sometimes for gain, sometimes for popularity.
Today, Christians are said to be a Royal Priesthood and a Holy Priesthood in 1 Peter 2.
1Pe 2:5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Sure, Christians have other characteristics but being part of a priesthood is one of them. Priests, at their core, are to be a guide and bridge to God; in the NT we can say that we are bridge to Jesus. This is not the prerogative of a few but of all Christians.
The challenge then is to be able to be someone who can instruct in God’s laws. Are you, like Ezra, setting your heart to know God’s law? Are you setting your heart to DO it? Are you setting your heart to teach it?
The sermon on this thought can be heard here.