Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
There is sufficient Scriptural proof of a priestly calling for all believers in Messiah (Christ) as their High Priest (See MEM issue 130).
Kings and Priests in The Kingdom Of God?
One of the aspects of the return of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth entails believers being granted the promised roles of king and priest in His Kingdom. But how often have we stopped to examine what specific responsibilities we will have as governors and leaders in God’s Kingdom?
Dale Cresap (edited) - Leaders: What are the qualifications of a leader in the Kingdom of God? Yeshua (Jesus) said, The gentiles love to exert authority over one another and be recognized for their offices, but it is not to be so among you (Luke 22:25-30). Do you look for certain qualities in a leader, such as shrewdness, decisiveness, and communication skills? These skills may be helpful but Yeshua selected leaders without them. How do you select leaders when the values of the Kingdom are to become childlike and be a servant? His Kingdom is one of love.
Foundational Scriptures regarding our priesthood:
Matt 4:17… Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (NAS unless indicated, bolding added)
How are we to Pray?
Luke 11:2… "When you pray, say: 'Father, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come…
The Messiah is our High Priest
What will happen when His Kingdom comes?
2 Timothy 2:12If we endure, we shall also reign with Him…
It will be a hands on Kingdom
Isa 61:4Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations, And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations… 6 But you will be called the priests of the LORD; You will be spoken of as ministers of our God…
Called for Special Training
Matt 5:1And when He [Yeshua] saw the multitudes, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. Yeshua laid out the basic by-laws of His government; how they (and we) should prepare and conduct ourselves. It is called "The Sermon on the Mount." Therefore it is incumbent upon each of us to study Matthew chapters 5, 6, & 7 (Also Luke 6) and understand; if one does not understand ask the Master …
Matt 13:10And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" 11 And He answered and said to them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted… 16 But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.
Yeshua had Commissioned Paul…
Acts 26:18to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.'
Rev 5:10 NJBand made them a line of kings and priests for God, to rule the world.
Now Israel is an example for all believers
1Cor 10:11Now these things happened to them (Israel) as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
Israel was called a kingdom of priest (His redeemed people from Egypt)
Exodus 19:5Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; 6 and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel."
MHC (Matthew Henry Commentary) … as priests; they were under God's immediate government, and the tendency of the laws given them was to distinguish them from others, and engage them for God as a holy nation. Thus all believers are, through Christ, made to our God kings and priests (Rev. 1:6), a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, 1 Pet. 2:9.
We are to be like unto the Levitical priesthood:
The Levitical priesthood was to act as teachers of the law (Dt. 33:10; Mal. 2:7) and as judges (Dt. 17:9). They were to be experts in distinguishing clean and unclean, sacred and profane (Lev. 10:10). They were to offer incense, symbolic of their intercession on behalf of the children of Israel (Joel 2:17).
Saints shall be judges
1Cor 6:2Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, matters of this life?
We are to be Teachers
Heb 5:12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God… 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
To be well grounded in the basics
Heb 6:1Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of instruction about washings, and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
His priests obedient to YHVH’s law
Deut 4:5"See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the LORD my God commanded me… 6 So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' 7 For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him? 8 Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?
James 3:13Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.
Love is the key
Lydia Maria Child: - "The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word "love". It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life."
Deut 6:4"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; 7 and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
1Cor 13:4Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails…
Levitical priests as a type of believers in Messiah
Fausset - Priest
Hebrew kohen; Greek hiereus. There are four characteristics of the priest. He was
(1) chosen of God;
(2) the property of God;
(3) holy to God;
(4) he offered gifts to God, and took back gifts from God (Heb 5:1-4).
All the elect saints … called to be priests unto God (1Pe 2:5; 1Pe 2:9), and being transfigured shall reign with Christ as king priests (Rev 1:6; Rev 5:10; Rev 20:6).
Easton - The progression of the priesthood
At first every man was his own priest, and presented his own sacrifices before God.
Gen 4:3… Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground. 4 And Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock …
Afterwards that office [transferred] to the head of the family, as in the cases of Noah (Gen. 8:20), Abraham (Gen. 12:7; 13:4), Isaac (Gen. 26:25), Jacob (Gen. 31:54), and Job (Job 1:5).
In the Levitical arrangements the office of the priesthood … the family of Aaron. Their duties were manifold (Ex. 27:20, 21; 29:38-44; Lev. 6:12; 10:11; 24:8; Num. 10:1-10; Deut. 17:8-13; 33:10; Mal. 2:7). They represented the people before God, and offered the various sacrifices prescribed in the law.
A type of Messiah; it was a shadow of which the body is to Christ. The priests all prefigured the great Priest who offered "one sacrifice for sins" "once for all" (Heb. 10:10, 12).
The term "priest" is indeed applied to believers (1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 1:6). All true believers are now "kings and priests unto God." As priests they have free access into the holiest of all, and offer up the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, and the sacrifices of grateful service from day to day.
ISBE: (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)*
(kohen), "priest," "prince," "minister":
A priest is one who is duly authorized to minister in sacred things… and who acts as mediator between men and God. It was in virtue of the priestly functions that the chosen people were brought into near relations with God and kept therein.
In short, the priest was the indispensable source of religious knowledge for the people, and the channel through which spiritual life was communicated.
The Melchizedek and Levitical Priesthood
No others that ever bore the name or discharged the office rank with these, save, of course, the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom they were distinguished types. The ordinary priests and the Levites depended for their official existence on Aaron (as we depend on Messiah). Apart from him they would not be priests. The priesthood of Christ was typified by both. The office is summed up and completed in Him. In the Epistle to the Hebrews the priesthood of both these men is combined and consummated in Christ. But let it be noted that while He is of the order of Melchizedek He exercises the office after the pattern of Aaron. He perfects all that Aaron did typically, because He is the true and the real Priest, while Aaron is but a figure.
The Hebrew priests in no wise interfered with the conscience of men. (Nor should we)
The High Priest…
Nor was he to come in contact with death. (Lev 21:10; Lev 21:11). For he was the representative of life. Death did not exist for him, in so far as he was a priest. God is the Ever-Living, the Life-Giving; and His priest," [Yeshua] had to do with life alone.
John 3:15that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life.
… that he might understand the word of Yahweh and interpret it to the people. Sacrificial blood, the blood of atonement, is here, as everywhere else, the foundation for saints and sinners, for priests and ministers alike, in all their relations with God.
Type and Archetype:
The priests of Israel were but dim shadows of the one Great Priest of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
(1) Christ as Priest is appointed of God (Heb 5:5).
(2) He is consecrated with an oath (Heb 7:20-22).
(3) He is sinless (Heb 7:26).
(4) His priesthood is unchangeable (Heb 7:23; Heb 7:24).
(5) His offering is perfect and final (Heb 9:25-28; Heb 10:12).
(6) His intercession is all-prevailing (Heb 7:25).
(7) As God and man in one Person He is a perfect Mediator (1Tim 2:5; Heb 7:25 ).
William G. Moorehead
AmTrac: (American Tract Society Bible Dictionary)
The priesthood of Christ is the substance and truth… Christ, the everlasting priest according to the order of Melchizedek, abides forever; whereas the priests according to the order of Aaron were mortal, and therefore could not continue long, Heb 7:1-28. The Lord, to express to the Hebrews what great favors he would confer on them, says he would make them kings and priests, Ex 19:6; and Peter repeats this promise to Christians, or rather, he tells them that they are in truth what Moses promised to Israel, 1Pe 2:5, 9; Rev 1:6. Every Christian offers himself a spiritual sacrifice, "acceptable to God through Jesus Christ;" but in the Christian church, there is no priest to make expiation for sin by a sacrifice but Christ alone, Heb 9:11-26.
This all believers can do now…
Overwhelmed about being a potential king or priest in the Kingdom of God. Do not be; but rejoice - there are many tasks, many positions, in the body and we have been placed there for the good of all in this special task.
1Cor 12:12For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. (See 1Cor chapters 12 and 13)
1Cor 12:27Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. 29 All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? …
A list of many of the duties of the Levitical priest are in a separate section. Maybe one of these will fit your talents. The Psalmist said, For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. Psalm 84:10 KJV
Believers in Messiah will be fittingly prepared for their position by the grace of Elohim.
Next issue - a real example of a governor (prince or minister) and priest ruling, as we might.
Thy Kingdom come… Amen
(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)
Priests - called to dispense justice with wisdom
Proverbs 8:12"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion. 13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, And the perverted mouth, I hate. 14 Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine. 15 By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.
Rev 5:10 KJVAnd hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
YHVH You are preparing us to reign with the One that says " Prov. 8:14 … I am understanding, power is mine. 15 By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice." Renew our mind.
"Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility." Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Ruling and Reigning with Yeshua is indeed a great responsibility. We need to accept it in light of the calling whereby He has called us.
Yeshua - we accept Your calling for service in Your Kingdom.
In our pursuit of humility:
(Lessons from humility and death to self.)
"Humility and death are in their very nature one: humility is the bud; in death the fruit is ripened to perfection" Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray is referring to the death of self and is confirming what Yeshua said about the seed that must die in order to produce fruit.
John 12:24"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
While we yet live we must die to self that the life of Yeshua may be seen in us. Our life, our behavior must reflect the humility that produces sons of God.
Rom 12:1I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Master, our priesthood responsibility is to humbly offer our self-nature as a living sacrifice to You.
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
When we realize the sad state of affairs in today’s church are we moved like Nehemiah? Nehemiah, a Jewish captive, was a very high official in the Persian Empire. Some believe that Nehemiah was a priest, others of the kingly line of David. We do know that he ruled in Judea (Jerusalem) as a governor. What might we glean from his prayer to YHVH?
Nehemiah, understanding the misery at Jerusalem, mourns, fasts, and prays2 that Hanani, one of my brothers, and some men from Judah came; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped and had survived the captivity, and about Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, "The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire."
Nehemiah 1:4 Now it came about when I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
His prayer6 let Thine ear now be attentive and Thine eyes open to hear the prayer of Thy servant which I am praying before Thee now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Thy servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against Thee; I and my father's house have sinned. 7 We have acted very corruptly against Thee and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which Thou didst command Thy servant Moses. 8 Remember the word which Thou didst command Thy servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful I will scatter you among the peoples; 9 but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.' 10 And they are Thy servants and Thy people whom Thou didst redeem by Thy great power and by Thy strong hand. 11 O Lord, I beseech Thee, may Thine ear be attentive to the prayer of Thy servant and the prayer of Thy servants who delight to revere Thy name, and make Thy servant successful today, and grant him compassion before this man." Now I was the cupbearer to the king.
What a prayer - what dedication - what zeal to be heard by the Eternal Creator and Redeemer.
YHVH, may we repent and humble ourselves, as Nehemiah, when we come before You.
How does God feel about issues we face today?
What can each person you meet teach you? Everyone has strengths and weakness. Some people may teach you patience because you have to deal with their weakness, others grace, others true nuggets of wisdom and others peace and joy in the midst of the storm. Every person is valuable in your life - to make you better, to change you and shape you to be a better servant and child of God. If you respond and react to them correctly then you can learn. If you forget God’s presence in you, and your old flesh man takes over, you will lose the lesson. You might also sin, and thus cause someone else to learn patience and grace from you.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.(Gal 5:22-23)
Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.
THE ANSWERS ARE BELOW
HERE THEY ARE THE ANSWERS:
1. The third room. Lions that haven't eaten in three years are dead. That one was easy, right?
2. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry (shot; held under water; and hung).
3. Charcoal, as it is used in barbecuing.
4. Sure you can name three consecutive days, yesterday, today, and tomorrow!
5. The letter e, which is the most common letter used in the English language, does not appear even once in the paragraph.
I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen before they had a name for it. A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.
Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.
Computer Issues? Call the Computer Technical Support Team - they have heard it all.
Tech support: What kind of computer do you have?
Customer: Hi, good afternoon, this is Martha, I can't print. Every time I try, it says 'Can't find printer'. I've even lifted the printer and placed it in front of the monitor, but the computer still says he can't find it..
Tech support: What's on your monitor now, ma'am?
Customer: My keyboard is not working anymore.
Customer: I can't get on the Internet.
Tech support: What anti-virus program do you use?
Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears.
Tech support: How may I help you?
A woman customer called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer.
Have a good day!
Here is a partial list of important task of the priests with Scripture references - Consider how this list might apply to those who serve our High Priest Yeshua the Messiah - are we ready to serve?
DUTIES OF A PRIEST
(By Michael Boldea Jr.)
Bits and Pieces
"We do not live in a perfect world, and this is painfully obvious for each of us with each passing day. It is however in a cruel world that the light of love shines ever brighter, and it is in a heartless world that people with the heart of Christ are all the more visible. We are here, each of us, to be testimonies of what Christ can do, the hope that He can give, the love that He exudes, and the peace that He brings, in a loveless, hopeless, cruel and merciless world."
Michael Boldea Jr.
Love reduces friction to a fraction
Our greatest triumph is rising every time we fall
Grandchildren certainly brighten up the home. They never turn off the lights!
Middle age is the awkward period of life when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature
Anything on the menu that you can’t pronounce, you probably can’t afford
Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps the kids in touch
Think all you speak, but do not speak all that you think
Thus says the LORD: "What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?"(Jeremiah 2:5; ESV)
By Alan Gilman
*(This document was edited for length)
Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way he should choose. His soul will abide in prosperity, And his descendants will inherit the land. The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant.
To honor, respect, obey, and rejoice in YHVH brings great reward. Ah, to know His covenant.
Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
NOW above all we have a high priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven;
1. Herod - Luke 13:31-32
2. The resurrection of Christ and the dead - 1 Corinthians 15:3-56
3. A mountain in the land of Moriah - Genesis 22:2
4. Salvation - Ephesians 6:13, 17
5. Boils - Exodus 9:8-12
6. Matthew - Matthew 10:3
7. Satan - Matthew 4:9-10
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