16 January 2014


By John Ollis

I want you to turn with me to Lev. 21:16-24. Here God speaks to Moses and gives him a message to give to his brother Aaron the Chief priest. The message simply is that if any priests have a “defect” in his body he is disqualified from ministry. I am glad we are under the new Covenant and do not have to be disqualified, but Paul warns in 1 Cor 9:24-27 we can disqualify ourselves unless we discipline our body. Through the complete work of Jesus on the cross, we have the enabling  to deal with any defect in our lives.
The word “defect” was translated “blemish” when the Old testament was translated into Greek, which immediately reminds me of Eph. 5.27 that Christ will present to Himself a Church that does not have any “blemishes”.
Although the Old Testament priests were disqualified from ministry (v.21 +23)  they were not kicked out of the Priestly tribe but still had the privilege of eating the holy and most holy bread (v.22).
In verses 18-20 we have quite a lengthy list of “defects” which God declares must not be seen in the priests. There are different words used in different translations, and I will use them to assist in interpreting  these defects, and passing them through the cross an applying New Covenant principles to them.
You may feel my approach seems negative, but many believers have some expression of these defects in their lives, I want to highlight them and give you the cure for the defect so that 2014 will be a great year for all of us.
I will be challenging myself in every line I write in these series of blogs, my biggest problem is ME, I can’t and won’t blame the devil. By the grace of God I want 2014 be the best year in my life.  I want to believe”