THE STORY OF JESUS: 1 Samuel 1-3
“I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind.” (1 Samuel 2:35)
This story offers a summary of the story of creation, and our need for Jesus.
God created us to be His priests, His representatives on earth.
But like Hophni and Phinehas, we have failed our responsibilities for selfish gain.
God’s judgment rests on us as well, but also His promise for a faithful priest.
Through history, there have been many faithful servants like Samuel.
But none of us, no matter how ‘holy’ we try to be, measure up to our original nature.
The world was created to be led by God-like faithful priests who obey God’s heart and mind.
“For this reason he had to be made like us, fully human in every way, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and make atonement for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17)
Jesus is God’s faithful high priest, He is God’s perfect representative on earth.
In Him God’s kingdom is restored (Genesis 1:26-28), a God-like-human ruling over creation.
Jesus restores our connection to God, so that His word is heard once again (1 Samuel 3:1).
Today’s reading reminds me why we need Jesus… someone to be God’s faithful priest FOR us.
I am encouraged to know that even though I fail, He is faithful in my place!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I am aware of the ways I do not fulfill God’s heart and mind. Thank You for covering for me, and for assuring me of God’s love, forgiveness, acceptance and restoration!