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A REVELATON OF....... THE 3 PRIESTHOODS

A look at the 3 priesthoods of the Bible and what their progressive development means for us today.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

We progress through our study of the Aaronic Priesthood.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

DEFINITION OF TERMS

MELCHIZEDEK
MELCHIZEDEK
PRIEST
PRIESTS AND LEVITES
I. The biblical data
II. Wellhausen’s reconstruction
III. Some reactions to Wellhausen’s reconstruction
IV. Priesthood in the New Testament

 

The full background to this teaching is available online at this link
DEFINITIONS - For serious students

 

 

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THE PRIESTHOOD OF AARON (continued)

 

 

WHO WERE THE PRIESTS?

 

Responsibility for the priesthood was allocated by God to the tribe of Levi. Within the tribe, only the family line of Aaron was actually able to be priests while the remainder of the tribe supported them in their priestly functions.

THE LINE OF AARON

The priesthood was to follow down the line of Aaron.
 

 

Exodus 38:10-16

 

 

The priests were required to live a lifestyle of purity. They were not to defile themselves by contact with the dead, unless it was their close relatives. 

 

Leviticus 21:1-4

 

 

They were required to be holy. 

 

Leviticus 21:5-6

 

 

They were expected to have the highest moral standards. 

 

Leviticus 21:7-9

 

 

The High Priest had to live by even higher standards. 

 

Leviticus 21:10-15

 

 

Unreasonable as it may appear to us today, like all the sacrifices offered the priest had to be physically perfect too, as the Aaronic Priesthood was based in the natural rather than the spiritual. 

 

Leviticus 21:15-23

 

CONSECRATION OF THE PRIESTS – ANIMAL SACRIFICES PLUS OFFERINGS OF BREAD AND WINE

 

The ritual to consecrate a priest took place over a 7 day period (symbolic of completion).  

 

Exodus 29:35-7

 

 

Along with the bull mentioned above, 2 lambs were also to be sacrificed daily.  

 

Exodus 29:38-9

 

 

The sacrifices of lambs were accompanied by twin offerings of bread and wine which, as we saw with Melchizedek, are the symbols of the priesthood.  

 

Exodus 29:40-41

 

 

The priests to be were anointed with oil, which represented a setting apart of the priests for God’s purposes, making them Holy unto the Lord. 

 

Exodus 29:7

 

 

They were also washed with water, speaking of personal cleansing, that is sanctification. 

 

Exodus 29:4

 

 

And then sprinkled with blood, speaking of legal cleansing, that is justification. After laying hands on the first ram and sacrificing it as an offering to the Lord, 

 

Exodus 29:15-18

 

 

the blood of the second ram was sprinkled on the priests as an act of consecration. 

 

Exodus 29:19-21

 

 

As an ongoing income source, the priests were given most of the various offerings that were brought to be sacrificed.  

 

Numbers 8:8-19

 

<i>NEXT WEEK:</i> A REVELATON OF....... THE 3 PRIESTHOODS continues

 

....... with the conclusion of our look at the Aaronic priesthood. 

 

A NOTE FROM DAVID

 

First in the natural, then in the spiritual.

The Aaronic Priesthood is a natural example of what would be fulfilled in the spiritual with the coming of Jesus.

By studying the Old Testament priesthood we gain a much clearer understanding of what Jesus really did do for us.

Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice.

BIBLE ARCHAEOLOGY

Temple Warning Inscription


What did Jesus think when he saw this stone?

Josephus the Jewish historian of the first century A.D. wrote about the warning signs in Greek and Latin that were placed on the barrier wall that separated the court of the gentiles from the other courts in the Temple. Not until 1871 did archaeologists actually discover one written in Greek. Its seven line inscription reads as follows:

NO FOREIGNER
IS TO GO BEYOND THE BALUSTRADE
AND THE PLAZA OF THE TEMPLE ZONE
WHOEVER IS CAUGHT DOING SO
WILL HAVE HIMSELF TO BLAME
FOR HIS DEATH
WHICH WILL FOLLOW

When king Herod had rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem between 19 and 9 B.C. he enclosed the outer court with colonnades. The large separated area was referred to as the Court of the Gentiles because the "gentiles" (non-Jews from any race or religion) were permitted to enter this great open courtyard of the Temple area. They could walk within in it but they were forbidden to go any further than the outer court. They were excluded from entering into any of the inner courts, and warning signs in Greek and Latin were placed giving strict warning that the penalty for such trespass was death. The Romans permitted the Jewish authorities to carry out the death penalty for this offence, even if the offender were a Roman citizen. The engraved block of limestone was discovered in Jerusalem in 1871. It's dimensions are about 22 inches high by 33 inches long. Each letter was nearly 1 1/2 inches high and originally painted with red ink against the white limestone. Part of another sign was unearthed in 1936. It's current location is in the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul, Turkey. Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Empire in Turkey when the stone was found.

The Temple Warning Inscription is important in the study of Biblical Archaeology and confirms events outlined in Scripture. When Jesus saw this inscription he knew that his own life would be the cost for the gentiles to go past this barrier.

Ephesians 2:13-14 "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us"

Matthew 23:13 "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in."

Isaiah 56:7 "These I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations."

Mark 11:17-18 "And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine."
 

 

So until next week.......
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU BLESS GOD!

His servant and yours

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