Who is the priesthood of today?
Are all Christians Priests?
What are the functions of a Priest?
What was the first Priesthood?
Who is the bride of Christ and what does it have to do with the Priesthood?
This year we will be unpacking Gods word learning the answers to these questions and more as we enter in to the New Year studying Gods word together.
The first Priesthood was in the beginning and is today the Melchizedek Priesthood. It has been the Lord’s desire that this Priesthood exists, serving in the heavenly courts, with Jesus as it’s high Priest today. The Priesthood of the New Covenant is being built as a spiritual house with lively stones, offering spiritual sacrifice that is acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
This Priesthood emerges in the book of Genesis and can be traced through to the book of Revelation. We need to start somewhere, so we will first look at where we left off last year which is the book covenant that was presented to all of Israel as a marriage covenant called a Ketubah.
We read in Exodus 19:5-6, “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” This is all before Moses was asked to form the Aaronic Priesthood.
We read in 1 Peter 2:9, ” But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Peter’s letter reveals that this priesthood that was spoken about in Exodus 19 is being fulfilled.
As we begin this study we will see God is hard at work building the spiritual kingdom, the dwelling place that is being prepared by His Son to meet with and live forever with us his Bride. We see God ratifying the covenant in Exodus 24 originally made with Abraham in Genesis 15 as Moses brings the children of Israel under Mount Sinai. He is making a tabernacle, or should I say a dwelling place, to dwell with is bride the Priesthood. Jesus is building a heavenly Priesthood as we will learn about, and this Priesthood is the Heavenly Bride of Christ.
We read in Exodus 19:17, “and Moses brought forth the people out of the camp he Moses is acting as the friend of the bride groom escorting Jesus’ bride to the Chuppah the canopy were they stood at the nether meaning underneath… Mount Sinai.” This is because the wedding canopy is where Jesus our Melchizedek high priest meets His Bride, that’s the born again spirit filled believer. The Lord proposed “the Betrothal” making a legally binding covenant with the nation of Israel his bride, a kingdom of priests, a holy nation! In biblical times this Betrothal, or as we call it today the engagement, was a legally binding agreement, the first step to a marriage covenant they are married but did not live together for a whole year. The bridegroom would make all the preparation for the new bride in a room off of the groom’s father’s house.
When Moses went up the mount to receive the hard copy written in stone the decologe or as it’s called the Ten Commandments when he came down they had already broken the covenant.
That is when he gave the book of the law and formed the Aaronic Priesthood, this was done by God to teach the children of Israel about The Priesthood, after the Order of the Melchizedek. In Galatians 3:24 we read, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” The Aaronic Priesthood administered what was a type school to teach us about the heavenly Priesthood, how to be the bride of Christ our high Priest and husband. So the question is do we throw out the Old Testament and its Laws, offerings, and stringent regulations? The answer is No, they are and always will be a physical expression of spiritual truths. We see this in nature, all of nature is an expression of spiritual truths.
We will be learning about the details of each function, what our responsibilities are to our Bridegroom, our Melchizedek High Priest, and gain a deeper understanding of what Jesus’ responsibilities to us, his Bride. We are called to a real and intimate relationship with Jesus. He longs to have this incredible relationship with each of us. This spiritual pattern in laid out so beautifully for each of us to tap into and follow.
The body of believers is His Holy Priesthood, we all service different functions and this what we will be working together to learn from a biblical perspective and there are some hard and fast truths that we need to learn, as we draw closer to this real and intimate relationship with our bridegroom.