Family Altar

Abba’s Heart

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, families will be gathering together around a meal to build an altar of praise, worship and prayer. If you are single or an empty nester, we also want to encourage you to gather together with others as a spiritual family to do the same. Have a wonderful time, and we look forward to hearing how your time went.


Dinner Table Discussion
Table discussion does not have to be limited to the following questions.

  • What are some things that happened that is worthy of celebration?
  • What are some things that caused grief or sadness this past week?

Praise

  • Choose a simple song to sing as a family.
  • Have a short round of praising God for who He is.

Message for the family

The Priestly Duties

  • Read p.49 (Feb. 8) from ‘Abba’s Heart’ and prepare a short devotion appropriate for your family.
  • The message can be paraphrased or be read depending on the age of your group.

Family Talk
Read the following questions and have them reflect and listen, then share.

  • As a member of the God’s Kingdom, a kingdom of priests/priestesses, how is the Holy Spirit calling you to enter into our Heavenly Father’s presence today?
  • We all have a responsibility for our community the Father has placed us in. Who has the Holy Spirit placed in “your care”, to lift up in prayer and encouragement? Think of at least 3 people.
  • Take some time now, to share in what way(s) the Holy Spirit is calling you to personally minister to the Father, to enter into His presence. Then pray strengthening prayers, for one another’s personal time in the Father’s presence.
  • Last but not least, share who the Holy Spirit has put on your heart, “on the shoulder, the priest would bear that names…”. Take some time to lift these people up in prayer. Pray with the leading of the Spirit to give you specific prayer points, for each person.
  • Be sure to update your family, how the Holy Spirit is moving through your prayers, in your personal ministry to the Father and your outward ministry to “your community”.

Family Blessing

Take turns blessing the men (any age) in the group. Then, the father or spiritual leader prays a blessing over the family.

2.8.2017

The Priestly Duties

Since we belong to a kingdom of priests and all believers are part of the priesthood, it is important for us to look at the duties of a priest in the Old Testament.  To be a priest is to minister to God on behalf of the people of God.  Aaron and his sons were to go into the Holy Place for regular ministry and into the Holy of Holes once a year to be in God’s presence under the Mercy Seat.

The first requirement for being a priest is to know God’s holiness.  When one goes into His presence, he must be mindful of who God is and of what His requirements concerning the ministry are.  We all have our own ministries in the church or outside of the church, but the greatest ministry for any believer is to minister to God, i.e. to go into His presence.  God is holy and He is enthroned on the praises of His people.  Because He is holy, those who minister to Him must also be holy.

The priestly garments are described in great details for they are outward signs of the inward attitude as one approaches God.  Other than many symbols representing the glory and beauty of the priesthood, God reminded the priests that they needed to be holy when coming into His presence.  The bells on the bottom of his long robe must be there when he went into the Holy Place, the sound of the bells were to be heard or the priest would risk being struck dead by God’s holiness.  The gold plate on the forehead of Aaron with the inscription: “Holy to the Lord” must be worn so that God would be pleased with him.  Even the under pants must be made of fine linen to cover their nakedness lest they bear guilt and die.  God takes the priestly office seriously, no one might approach Him with sin and live.

Two parts of the priestly garments deserve our attention: on the shoulder, the priest would bear the names of the twelve tribes on two onyx stones, as a part of the ephod and on the breastpiece of judgment on the breast were twelve gemstones with the names of the sons of Israel, also as a part of the ephod.  Inside the breastpiece, the Urim and Thummim would be placed for inquiring of the Lord.  Aaron should bear the judgment of the people of Israel on his heart before the Lord.  Other than doing the sacrificial offerings on the altar for the remission of his own sins and the sins of people, the priest was to bear the people before the Lord and seek His will for the people.

The two parts of your ministry in this priestly model are to minister to God and to bear the burdens of His people before Him.  You go to God for yourself and for others in the Kingdom.  Worship and intercession are two sides of the same coin and the essential duties of the priesthood.  Are you in such kind of ministry?