Judge Or Priest?

Judge Or Priest?

11 December 2010

Today’s Reading: Hebrews 5-8


1 Every high priest selected to represent men and women before God and offer sacrifices for their sins 2 should be able to deal gently with their failings, since he knows what it’s like from his own experience. (Hebrews 5:1-2 MSG)

Priests represent God to man and represent man to God. Priests should be able to be gentle and understanding with those they represent to God because they know what it’s like to be human and live with human weaknesses.

God is the perfect judge, because he is also our loving Father. Jesus is the perfect forever-priest because he understands God’s holiness and he understands our human weaknesses.

15 We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. 16 So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. (Hebrews 4:15-16 MSG)

There are two things I have to deal with here. I am so inclined to make it about thinking the right thoughts, saying the right words, and doing the right things, that it easily becomes a “self-effort” matter and leaves the love of Jesus and the mercy of God out of the equation. The other thing is that I tend to put the same kind of critical judgment on others and then they don’t measure up any better than I do.

I’m learning to reject the judge role and embrace the priest role in my relationships with others. And I absolutely must learn to walk right up to my forever priest Jesus and get what he is so ready to give! Take the mercy! Accept the help! Yes!


Father, Please forgive me again for so often acting like a judge rather than a priest in my attitude toward myself and my relationships with others. You’re my (our) judge and Jesus is my (our) priest. (It sure makes it better that my Judge is also my loving Father!) I walk right up to you and take the mercy and accept the help. And I determine that you are also everyone else’s judge and Jesus their priest. I’m giving my petty little judgeship the day off! Amen.

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