Nation of Priests and Kings

Another powerful argument for modern Christians to abstain from alcohol is our royal and religious spiritual heritage. Considering the effect of alcohol and the woes, as the Bible says, it brings to those who have used it in the past, the following verses surely have a more powerful affect on our hearts:

>/ Exodus 19:6 — "And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation."

✓ 1 Peter 2:9 — "Butyou are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people."

And how has alcohol affected those who were a part of this royal priesthood? Consider the following:

✓ Leviticus 10:9,19 — "Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, that you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean."

✓ Proverbs 31:4 —"It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Nor for princes intoxicating drink."

King Benhadad lost a major battle because his judgment was impaired by fermented wine. "But Benhadad was drinking himself drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty and two kings that helped him" (I Kings 20:16). He slurred out the ridiculous order: "If they have come out for peace, take them alive; and if they have come out for war, take them alive" (1 Kings 20:18).

And then there is Belshazzar, king of Babylon, who was slain in his last drunken exploit—pouring fermented wine into the sacred cups from the temple of God (Daniel 5:2-5).

We are called to be sacred vessels filled with Gods Spirit. "And be not drunk with wine, in which is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18 DNT). Again, could the Bible be more clear?

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