TODAY’S READING: Leviticus 5–7
When you read the Bible missiologically, it is enthralling, especially chapters detailing the role of priests. Is there anything more invigorating than having the assignment of representing Jehovah to the nations and the nations to Jehovah? Walter Vogels observes:
The priest was an intermediary and, therefore, had a mission between God and men. If we apply this concept to Israel as a people, it suggests that Israel is also an intermediary between God and the nations…. [Israel] is set apart—distinctive from all other nations—to be consecrated to Yahweh, to be in his service, a position which ultimately means service towards the nations. Israel’s privilege is one of service. Israel was taken from among the nations to be at the service of the nations. Election and covenant are thus not an end in themselves but a means toward something else…. Israel is a mediator. She must bring mankind closer to God, pray to God for mankind, and intercede for mankind, as Abraham did. Her service to God is in the name of others. But Israel also brings God closer to men, by bringing them God’s revelation, his light, and the good news of salvation.
Reading Leviticus with the eyes that we the priestly spiritual sons of Abraham have the most important job on earth as God’s ambassadors to unreached peoples, missional applications begin to leap out at us from every chapter of the book. Granted, Leviticus has a contextual application of how a certain people in a particular period in a specific place deal with sin, yet it’s not disassociated from God’s overall aims. Thus, we can draw applications for today and tomorrow, such as:
5:1—“If a person sins in hearing the utterance of an oath, and is witness… if he does not tell it he bears guilt.” We have heard God’s oath to bless all nations through His people over and over. If we don’t witness, we will bear guilt.
5:7–11—“If he is not able to bring a lamb, then…two turtle doves or two young pigeons…but if he is not able to bring [birds]…then he shall bring a [tiny bit of] flour.” No economic bracket is excluded from reconciliation from God. No tribe will be lost. No people group neglected. The gospel is for all strata of all ethnicities in all nations.
6:13—“A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.” God’s fiery passion to redeem men and women from every unreached people group through history is never extinguished. The heart of the Father burns with eager intensity, ever brighter, ever stronger for all nations to be redeemed and reconciled to Him.
7:10, 21—“Every grain offering…shall belong to all the sons of Aaron, to one as much as the other…and who eats the flesh of the sacrifice of the peace offering that belongs to the Lord, that person shall be cut off.” Serving God’s passion by making Him famous is our sustenance and life. Is there anything better than assisting (by sending or going, praying or preaching) the gospel to go where it has not gone? That is life-giving to both giver and receiver. Yet, glory and credit for life must only go to God. No sender and no goer can take credit for the miraculous movements of life among unreached peoples.
The Levites remind us that we are all priests. We who have been redeemed have the unparalleled privilege of representing Albanian Macedonians to God, and God to Albanian Macedonians. What assignment could be sweeter?
 Walter Vogels. God’s Universal Covenant: A Biblical Study. Ottawa: Ottawa University Press, 1986. 48–49.