Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Priesthood A to Z

Then they acknowledged Solomon son of David as king a second time, anointing him before the Lord to be ruler and Zadok to be priest. 1 Chronicles 29:22, NIV

We all remember Aaron, brother of Moses, as the first priest of Israel. But, like the kings later on, the priesthood fell into corruption and violence. Phinehas, much earlier cleaned things up with the use of a spear.

David had to fight over the throne that he was leaving to his son Solomon. Who was with David, and who supported him? Among those brave men was Zadok. Sounds like someone you would like to have on your side when the going gets rough.

Now it is fair to ask, "What has this got to do with me? I am under the Melchizadekian priesthood of Jesus, and in the New Covenant. I am in a whole new world, so to speak."

Fair question. But it was important to God and He put it into the Bible. Maybe we can learn from it?

Do we also have a polluted priesthood and leadership? Despite the special priesthoods that men have invented, WE are all priests. Luther knew about the Priesthood of Believers and showed it in his life. After all, he gave up the priesthood of a church and married one of its nuns! How's that for living out your beliefs?

As for getting rid of the pollution of individual priests I am not concerned or knowledgeable about peoples' private lives. That is the work of the Holy Spirit.

But what about getting rid of false doctrine? Surely we can all do that. It might even be enjoyable. As for so-called leaders who are going the wrong way, let's check them out, using the Bible as our guide.

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