Exodus 19: 6 “‘And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
I do not know how many of you remember reading this verse. After God had led this group of people out of Egypt through the leadership of Moses they were brought to a mountain where God would deliver to them their first laws. God was developing them into an organized nation.
But God had a special relationship that He had in mind – to have a nation of priests – an established relationship with each person, each one a priest. Surely, this invitation excited them, right?
Exodus 20:18-19 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”
Although God’s invitation was not accepted then for everyone to have the benefit of a priest, it has been given to us.
1 Peter 2: 5, 9 You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, . . .
You, as a follower of Jesus are a part of what God wanted for Israel back then. We are a nation or kingdom of priests.