“you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (Ex 19:6) The LORD God had Moses tell that to his people 430 years after He pointed to the promised Messiah in the covenant He made with Abraham.
1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty. Walk before me and be blameless. 2 I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”
3 Abram fell on his face. God talked with him, saying, 4 “As for me, behold, my covenant is with you. You will be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 Your name will no more be called Abram, but your name will be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you. Kings will come out of you. 7 I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you and to your offspring after you. 8 I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are traveling, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession. I will be their God.” Genesis 17:1-8 WMB
Paul explains why the Abrahamic covenant “confirmed beforehand by God in Messiah” lasts to this day. He started by referring to a man’s inheritance (like a last will), “no one makes it void or adds to it.”
15 Brothers (and sisters), speaking of human terms, though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been confirmed, no one makes it void or adds to it. 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his offspring.* He doesn’t say, “To descendants†”, as of many, but as of one, “To your offspring”,✡ which is Messiah.17 Now I say this: A covenant confirmed beforehand by God in Messiah, the law, which came four hundred thirty years after, does not annul, so as to make the promise of no effect. 18 For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by promise. Galatians 3:15-18 WMB
“Four hundred thirty years after,” God delivered the children of Israel from Egypt and 1,446 years before Messiah Jesus was born. He made covenant to make them a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
1 In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that same day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 When they had departed from Rephidim, and had come to the wilderness of Sinai, they encamped in the wilderness; and there Israel encamped before the mountain. 3 Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “This is what you shall tell the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, then you shall be my own possession from among all peoples; for all the earth is mine;6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”Exodus 19:1-6
This covenant had two restrictions: “… if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant.” The children of Israel broke both restrictions time and time again (Nehemiah 9:17).
Yet, in spite of their failure, God was merciful.
30 Yet many years you put up with them, and testified against them by your Spirit through your prophets. Yet they would not listen. Therefore you gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.
31 “Nevertheless in your manifold mercies you didn’t make a full end of them, nor forsake them; for you are a gracious and merciful God. Nehemiah 9:30-31
God showed His grace, mercy and love for His people by ushering in the new covenant kingdom through His Son.
Messiah Jesus, explained how that could be to a Pharisee and to us.
“Are you the teacher of Israel, and don’t understand these things? 11 Most certainly I tell you, we speak that which we know and testify of that which we have seen, and you don’t receive our witness. 12 If I told you earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. 14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only born‡Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 18 He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only born Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the light and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.” John 3:10-21
On the night before he was crucified, Jesus celebrated the Passover with his apostles, revealing he was the Passover Lamb that would be slain. .
“14 When the hour had come, he sat down with the twelve emissaries /apostles. 15 He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, 16 for I tell you, I will no longer by any means eat of it until it is fulfilled in God’s Kingdom.” 17 He received a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves, 18 for I tell you, I will not drink at all again from the fruit of the vine, until God’s Kingdom comes.” Luke 22:14-18
26 As they were eating, Yeshua took bread, gave thanks for* it, and broke it. He gave to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, “All of you drink it, 28 for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I tell you that I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” Matthew 26:26-29 (Mk 14:22-25; 1Co 10:14-22)
In Hebrews we see more of how God makes a holy nation of the Jews and all who trust in Messiah Jesus.
“1 Now in the things which we are saying, the main point is this: we have such a high priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a servant of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched, not man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer. 4 For if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, seeing there are priests who offer the gifts according to the Torah, 5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, even as Moses was warned by God when he was about to make the tabernacle, for he said, “See, you shall make everything according to the pattern that was shown to you on the mountain.”✡ 6 But now he has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as he is also the mediator of a better covenant, which on better promises has been given as Torah.
“7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. 8 For finding fault with them, he said,
- “Behold,* the days are coming”, says the Lord,
- “that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;
- 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers
- in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt;
- for they didn’t continue in my covenant,
- and I disregarded them,” says the Lord.
- 10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
- after those days,” says the Lord:
- “I will put my laws into their mind;
- I will also write them on their heart.
- I will be their God,
- and they will be my people.
- 11 They will not teach every man his fellow citizen†
- and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
- for all will know me,
- from their least to their greatest.
- 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness.
- I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more.”✡
13 In that he says, “A new covenant”, he has made the first obsolete. But that which is becoming obsolete and grows aged is near to vanishing away.” Hebrews 8:1-13
In the Book of Revelation, John, in chapter 1, shows us Jesus “made us to be a Kingdom, priests✡ to his God and Father.” In chapter 5, he see the saints praising the Lamb for making them a kingdom of priests.
1 This is the Revelation of Yeshua the Messiah,* which God gave him to show to his servants the things which must happen soon, which he sent and made known by his angel† to his servant, Yochanan, 2 who testified to God’s word and of the testimony of Yeshua the Messiah, about everything that he saw.
3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written in it, for the time is near.
4 Yochanan, to the seven assemblies that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from God, who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before his throne; 5 and from Yeshua the Messiah, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us, and washed us from our sins by his blood— 6 and he made us to be a Kingdom, priests✡ to his God and Father—to him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:1-6
8When the lamb had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders bowed down in front of him. Each held a harp and a gold bowl full of incense, the prayers of the saints. 9They sang a new song:
- “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals,
- because you were slaughtered.
- With your blood you purchased people for God
- from every tribe, language, people, and nation.
- 10You made them a kingdom and priests for our God,
- and they will reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:8-10
Peter rejoiced for us.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 In the past, you were not a people, but now are God’s people, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1Peter 2:9-10
Except as noted, all Scripture quoted above it from the World Messianic Bible
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of the Messiah. 2 Thessalonians 3:5
This prayer provided by Lou Engle will help that along.
“Jesus, I plead Your Blood over my sins and the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America.”