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Bible Commentaries

MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

Numbers 18

Verse 7

Numbers

SERVICE A GIFT

Num_18:7 .

All Christians are priests-to offer sacrifices, alms, especially prayers; to make God known to men.

I. Our priesthood is a gift of God’s love.

We are apt to think of our duties as burdensome. They are an honour and a mark of God’s grace.

1. They are His gift-

a The power to do. All capacities and possessions from Him.

b The wish to do. ‘Worketh in you to will.’

c The right to do, through Christ.

2. They are a blessing.

a Note the good effects on ourselves-the increase of fellowship with Him, the strengthening of all holy desires.

b The future benefits. Apply this to prayer and to effort on behalf of our fellow-men.

II. Our priesthood is to be done as a service -under a sense of obligation to a master, with diligence an [Greek: ergon], not a [Greek: parergon].

III. Our priesthood is to be done as a gift to God -to be done joyfully, giving ourselves back to Him: ‘Yield yourselves unto God’-’your reasonable service.’

Then only do we really possess ourselves, and ‘all things are ours, for we are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.’

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MacLaren, Alexander. "Commentary on Numbers 18". MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture. https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/mac/numbers-18.html.