“Don’t drive hangry!” “Please forgive me for the things I said when I was hangry.” “Maybe I’m hangry or maybe everyone really is this irritating!”
H-anger is real! As proof of this statement, yesterday morning I found “H-anger” in the Bible! No really.
I was in Isaiah…ISAIAH of all places…and found this gem: Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark. They will go from one place to another, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and curse their king and their God. They will look up to heaven and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness. (Isaiah 8:20-22 NLT)
See! I told you! “And because they are hungry they will rage and curse their king and their God…wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair.” SEE! Like many recent scientific discoveries, this one too is already a known truth in the Bible and spoken about by God. H-anger is real and the world is in a tizzy because they are starving for God’s Word!
So where da food at!?
That is where our Royal Priesthood comes in. Us, believers, the Body of Christ. We are the caterers for this party. We are the problem solvers. We are the honey that refreshes!
Check out Malachi 2:5-7 (NLT) “The purpose of my covenant with the Levites was to bring life and peace, and that is what I gave them. This required reverence from them, and they greatly revered me and stood in awe of my name. They passed on to the people the truth of the instructions they received from me. They did not lie or cheat; they walked with me, living good and righteous lives, and they turned many from lives of sin. The words of a priest’s lips should preserve knowledge of God, and people should go to him for instruction, for the priest is the messenger of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” (emphasis mine)
As I said, the hangry world is in a tizzy, they have “trouble, anguish and despair.” As priests, we, have “life and peace.”
The hangry world “rages and curses their King and God”; as priests, we demonstrate reverence and awe of His name. (Aside, if you’re not sure He will take them back after this rebellion, check out Psalm 107).
The hangry are “weary and hungry.” We priests have truth, good instruction and intimate knowledge of God; sweet and soothing food with which to satisfy the hunger of the people.
They are hungry to be filled with the truth; that God sees them as beloved sons and daughters. They are starving to know that He has already taken care of the sin problem that separated them from Him and He is holding His arms out to them to receive them in an everlasting hug!
We priests are to deliver the Bread of Life to the people, the sustaining truth that He will fulfill their every need. He won’t leave them, but He will help them to grow up, stand up as mature sons and daughters who are warriors who battle from victory.
They should hear from our lips that He sees them as royal sons and daughters who are co-heirs with their brother Jesus, who are to rule and reign on the earth in the authority He has purchased for them. This is the pleasant duty set before us priests by the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Did you notice that last bit? Our pleasant duty of bringing the truth and the intimate knowledge of God to His people is mandated to us, not by El Shaddai, (God Almighty) nor by Immanuel, (God With Us) nor by any other name, but instead our mandate comes from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Our role as priests who bring life and peace, truth and intimacy, reverence and awe of God, is a military role. We are a demonstration of the art of spiritual warfare. Our warfare is not of this world, but powerful! (2 Cor 10:4)
Did you know all those complicated old testament duties that the priests performed were always about ridding God’s people of guilt and shame and the curses that came with sin?
As new covenant priests, we bring life and peace by assuring people that Jesus has done it all for them already and they need only turn from their own way and receive from Him.
We are privileged as priests to be with God in the intimacy of the Holy of Holies, which, by the way, is now wherever we are because His Spirit dwells within us.
From that place of intimacy we bring this abiding Presence to the hangry people and the fruit of His Spirit spills out of us satisfying their hunger with life, peace, joy, rest from their weariness, perfect love, patience, gentleness… all the nourishment that they are STARVING to receive.
You know when you are hungry, the slightest whiff of food catches your attention. Well, we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved…(2 Cor 2:15 NIV) So just be. If you have spent time receiving from Jesus, just be and His aroma will draw them.
We are table hosts leading the hangry to the feast. We invite them saying, “Come to the table! Every satisfying thing your heart desires is in Him, there is peace to fulfill every appetite. The mouth-watering Bread of Life is there in abundance. It belongs to you. Nothing will be held back from you. No need to go hungry. No need to be hangry. The royal table is set before you and you are welcome. Let’s feast together.”