“And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and in my mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall go in and out before my anointed forever.”
Full text:1 Samuel 2:27-36
The role of priests in the Bible was…
1) “to go up to my altar”…they were to go before God on behalf of the people to intercede and plead for them…
2) “to burn incense”…which was a religious duty and ritual that honored God (Leviticus 16:13), and
3) “to wear the ephod”…which marked the priests as those who counseled the people with wisdom from God.
Eli’s sons, were priests but instead of serving the people…they were “fattening” themselves on the labor of others. In essence…the priests who should have been caring for others were in fact harming them.
Many of our priests are guilty of this same sin.
The very people we know we should love and serve are often the victims of our selfish interests and priorities.
We are told God sees this injustice and will stop and administer just consequences to the offending parties (v. 34).
He then said, “And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest … my anointed forever.”
That enduring Priest is Jesus!
Let us praise God that He has not left us in the hands of men but in the hands of a Priest who is fully God and fully Man!
Heavenly Father, through your Son we can approach You even though we are often guilty in our thoughts, words and deeds. Grant us grace that restores, preserves, leads, guards and supplies our hope, so that that each day we may step out in confidence knowing that the one in whom we trust will neither exploit nor harm us…Amen!