A STUDY ON BIBLICAL PRIESTHOODS
Fr Leo Benjamin
As we begin our study of the Priesthood, one of the first places we need to look is Genesis 2. Here we see how God formed man from the dust of the earth, and man begins his service in the garden. This is important to understand because we can see what God’s original intent for man was, and what our purpose is! Without this knowledge, we will have a hard time understanding the Priestly garments and all the vessels and tools that we will be learning about with respect to an ordinary Priest as well the high Priest.
Here are the questions we will be reviewing:
What is my purpose in life?
What was I created for?
What is my place in creation?
The word of God answers these questions for us, revealing the amazing gift we have been given. What an incredible opportunity we have been blessed with, to minister to our bridegroom and High Priest.
First, let’s consider who Adam is. We read in Genesis 2:5, “and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.”
Here we see the original intent God had for forming man, as well as the context of creation. Starting in Genesis 2:5 the word takes us to a barren waste, a place like a dessert where there is no cycles or systems for growth. The first word we have highlighted is the word every “plant” of the field. This is referring to its heavenly origin in Hebrew “siyach.” In Strong’s, Siyach (H7880) is the word for a bush, plant, or shrub. But when you consider the root of this word you see something amazing. Remembering that the Hebrew language is a language of action, you see the action (verb) word siyach meaning to “put forth.” Strong’s (H7878) This is the action of growth.
Also you see the word mediate, meaning to intervene between people in a dispute in order to bring about an agreement or reconciliation. Jesus is our mediator and our High Priest. In our Greek western way of thinking, we think that spirituality is just sitting in Meditation. That’s only part of the meaning. Spirituality starts with action. For example in Matthew 6:15, “if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” In 1 JOHN 4:20 it says, “if a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” You see the action of reconciliation with God first. Also, our neighbors play a big part in establishing a relationship that has heavenly value. Additionally, in the same word we see “to muse, meditate upon, study, ponder.”
This is amazing because this becomes our food. In Genesis 2:9 we read, “all the trees of the garden were good for food, in the inner temple when we live out our purpose, doing the will of our heavenly Father.” Then we read further “God had not caused it to rain upon the earth.” There was no rain in the beginning. What was needed to bring the blessing of rain? There was not a man to till the ground! The word “Till” (Strong’s H5647) is a key. It means to work or serve God. The word “serve” (with Levitical service) is the same word that teaches us to serve as a Priestly people.
So what was God doing?
He is saying that he wants Adams, Priests to participate in His divine service, having a responsibility to serve in His temple. This is that inner part of each of us. When we till the ground of our hearts by mediating, meaning to intervene between people in a dispute, seeing ourselves in the reflection of others bringing each of us to repentance intern learning to build relationships with one another. As well as meditating and musing on His word out loud under our breath, It is then that God will cause the rain. Here He begins symbiotic natural cycles of nature. What is amazing is God allows each of us to participate in the action of these cycles when He says there was not a man to till the ground. So our action of tilling the ground brings the blessings of the cycles that cause growth.
Jesus reminds us in Matt 22:37-39, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like, unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” As we have learned to love the Lord, we read that He makes a promise to us Deuteronomy 28:12, “The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.” To be continued…………
MORETOWN BIBLE STUDY WITH THE CHURCH OF THE CRUCIFIED ONE
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