Commentary on "Abiathar: The Priest"
Day 3: Monday, November 8, 2010 - Abiathar, the Priest
Today’s lesson titled Abiathar, the Priest is specifically about Abiathar, some of his functions as priest and how he saved the ephod
The lesson author correctly identifies the ephod as one of the means by which the Lord communicates with his people. (Not mentioned is the Urim and Thummim, which played a critical role in Israel on many occasions.) Many believers today have access to the Bible and know that that is the primary way God communicates with believers today.
The ephod was not only worn by the Levitical priests, but it was also an object of pagan worship, mixed in with the household gods of the surrounding nations. The wrong use of the ephod was adopted by many in Israel, just as the wrong use of the Bible is adopted by many so-called Christians today.
Hosea prophesied of a time when Israel would be without the ephod and household gods, but would eventually seek the Lord, the son of David their king in the last days. Hosea 3:4-5 reads,
For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days.
Let us be sure that we are reading the Bible to discern the truth and will of the Lord. If we are reading anything else to discern truth, we are adding to scripture, which is strongly prohibited in the Bible, and by Jesus himself.
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