“And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped” (Num. 16:48, NKJV).
This passage of Scripture has been stirring in my spirit for a few days now. The story it features is an intense one, and relevant to today. In it, we read about tens of thousands of people dying from a plague. Just as there was hope then, there is hope now. We find Holy Spirit’s main point in our verse for today. It’s this: when Aaron stood in his place as priest, the plague was stopped.
How does this apply to what is happening now in the world with the coronavirus? In the new covenant, God has made us into a “royal priesthood.” I understand this to mean that He has given us the intercessory role that the Old Testament priests held. With authority delegated from God, they would sprinkle the blood of the sacrifices. The Father now calls on us, as His royal priesthood, to take our place. We are to apply the blood of the Lamb to our spheres of influence. The blood of Jesus is infinitely more powerful than the temporary sacrifices of the old covenant.
The date of Passover this year is rapidly approaching; it will begin on April 8. Some prophetic voices have proclaimed that we will see the resolution of the coronavirus pandemic when Passover comes. I feel hopeful about that! Regardless of the timeline for the end of this trial, however, I love to reflect on the significance of such a weighty occasion as this feast represents.
How the Father speaks through symbolism! On the very night of the Passover, Jesus was arrested. The moment had come. The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world offered His own blood in our place. He fulfilled for us what the feast of Passover had been pointing to all along.
That first Passover night, God instructed His children to put the lambs’ blood on their doorposts. He gave them this promise:
If imperfect lambs’ blood was enough to keep them safe from that plague, how much more mighty is the blood of the perfect Lamb of God for us today?! His blood is enough, dear one! You are safe in Him!
Let’s rise up and take our place. Let’s use our priestly authority. Let’s proclaim that the blood of Jesus is applied to our households, every day. Let’s proclaim it over ourselves, over our families, over everyone we love. Let’s proclaim it over our cities, over our nations, over our world…
By the precious blood of Jesus, this plague will be stopped!
Have you ever thought of yourself as a priest?