Read 1 Samuel 1:3; 2:12-25.
It’s typically said that a priest’s job is to be a mediator. He represents God to the people; he represents the people to God. Hophni and Phinehas were worthless priests. They abused sinners’ offerings to Yahweh, and they committed adultery with the women who were meant to be pure servants of God. Could you imagine being a sincere worshiper of God, coming to the temple, and then handing your valuable sacrifice to slimy men like Hophni and Phinehas? You would know in your heart that you had done the right thing, but what was meant to be a pure offering to God was being handled and abused by unworthy, sinful men.
Now, consider the priesthood of Jesus.
Read Hebrews 4:14-5:10.
Hophni and Phinehas were presumptuous, arrogant, boastful, wicked men, who thought they were “all good” because of their lineage. Jesus, on the other hand, meekest of all, took and takes His role as High Priest seriously. And He serves in this position forever! How do you feel about allowing Him to, not just take your sacrifice, but be your sacrifice to God?
The Lord calls us around His table. As we gather, He commands us, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:25). As I consider the great invitation to share in the blood and body of the Lord, I also share these thoughts with you. Perhaps, they will help you reflect.
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