Priests Sent To Minister To A World In Desperate Need

Priests Set Apart by God

Priests were people set apart by God to guide and shepherd his people. One entire tribe of the 12 original tribes were tasked with this job. The Levites were descendants of Levi, one of the 10 sons of Jacob (the other two were Manasseh and Ephraim, sons of Joseph).

Read: Malachi 2:1-9

“And now, you priests, this warning is for you.  If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my  name,” says the LORD Almighty,
“I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.
“Because of you I will rebuke your descendants ; I will smear on your faces the dung from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it.  And you will know that I have sent you this warning so that my covenant with Levi may continue,” says the LORD Almighty. 

God’s Covenant

“My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin. 
“For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth. But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the LORD Almighty. 
“So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”

No Inheritance For The Priests

The Levites were not granted land when God delivered the Israelites to the promised land. Instead, they were to tend the temple and ensure that God’s laws were kept. They were keepers of the law. In the reading, God rebukes the Levites because they have failed to keep His law. He sends them this warning so that He may keep His promise to the Levites. He tells them they have shown partiality in the law.

Jesus by His death has become the high priest for all mankind. He became the once for all sacrifice for our sins. If He is in us and we are in Him, and we are his followers, then we are priests under Him. We are to keep God’s law, and shepherd His people, and as prophets, spread His word.

Are You Fulfilling Your Priestly Duties?

Are you keeping His covenant? Have you kept His law, and are you spreading His word?

“For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth.” – Malachi 2:7

Prophet Priest – Two Roles Jesus Filled While On Earth

Prophet priest – Jesus Filled These Roles While On Earth

Prophet, priest, and king. The first two of these roles are ones we should probably emulate while we are on earth. Read: Mark 1:21-28

When Jesus went to the temple to teach, many today miss the significance. Jesus was merely a child the first time, and a carpenter by the time this passage takes place. According to tradition, only priests anointed by God could prophesy in the temple.

Jesus Assumes His Role

Yet, when Jesus did this, He did it with the full authority of God even driving out an impure spirit from a man there. Jesus spoke and healed with authority, so people listened to what he has to say. The prophet and priest embodied within a simple carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth.

When confronted with people who act as though they have authority in spiritual matters, it is our duty to speak God’s word about His plans. We are to give His message, and do His work. Others may have authority in earthly matters, but do not keep silent for their sake. Instead we should speak for the One who has true authority over Earth and Heaven.

It is ultimately the job of the Christian to take on the roles of prophet and priest. Jesus’ last message on earth, The Great Commission, commands Christians to go and make disciples of all the earth.

Boldly Fulfilling Our Role as Prophet-Priest

Can we be so bold as to start a spiritual revolution by sharing God’s message with authority? Will we fulfill our roles as prophets and priests? Do we dare choose to truly emulate Christ on Earth?

“The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.” —Mark 1:22

Defining Christians – How Can You Tell A Christian From A Non-Believer?

Defining Christians – What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

Defining Christians can be a very tough thing to do with all of the seemingly conflicting definitions offered by society. The simplest definition of Christian is “christ like”. To know what that is, we need to understand who Christ is. Read: Mark 1:1-13

John baptized people in the Jordan river telling them he would baptize them in water to cleanse their sin, but when Christ would come, he would baptize them in the Holy Spirit, eternally cleansing their sins.

This commitment does not come without a cost, though. It comes with a series of new responsibilities which carry some pretty powerful titles:

Prophet – Priest – King

As John baptized Jesus, Heaven opened and a dove appeared, signaling God’s anointing of Jesus as a prophet, priest, and king.

Prophet

A prophet is defined as a person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God. They are thought to convey messages from God. The message they deliver is called a prophesy.

Notable prophets in the Bible are: Abraham, Moses, Daniel, Elijah, Elisha, Isaac, and Samuel.

The prophets in the Bible were used by God to deliver his messages to his people. Sometimes they carried messages of hope and deliverance. Often, though, they carried messages of warning and destruction. Prophets were rarely well thought of and often lived in seclusion.

Priest

A priest is a religious leader authorized to perform sacred rituals, and is a mediatory agent between humans and God. Priests guide and mentor the people they take charge of. They also lead and teach them.

Priests have a higher standard of ethical and moral code placed on them. While still human, they are to live a life free from sin, modeling how to follow Jesus’ commands, and calling others to God’s message of hope and redemption.

King

A king is the male monarch (ruler) over a group of people. Kings provide protection and lead the nation. They are sought for their judgement in certain matters, and are looked to for knowledge and wisdom. Their decisions impact their nation and nations around them.

Good kings lead by keeping the best interests of the people in their nation at heart. They think about the impact to their nation, and the nations around them for every decision they make.

Kings also provide protection, building for themselves armies, walls, and defensive measures to protect his people.

God called Jesus to all of these roles. If we are to be “christ-like”, we must also assume these three roles.

Jesus then said in his ministry that Christians should be the hands and feet of Christ. God calls us to the roles of Jesus’ anointing, also, we are to tell God’s plans to the world. Finally, our calling to guide and council those we come into contact with is paramount. We are to rule over resources and people God may send our way to work for His purpose.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

As a true follower of Christ, you will take on these three roles throughout your life. I can offer you this warning, be sure in all decisions you are in His will. Working toward your will and not His is grossly mishandling His power, as a result, you will hurt others. In everything, give God the credit and acknowledge his role in your life.

Remember that the world is watching you. God does forgive your sin, but the world often will not. Do not damage your witness by letting your actions be about you and not about God.

“As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove” – Mark 1:10