The SHEPHERD |Danilo Q. Junco
Majority of the people in the Christendom all over the world don’t exactly know what the Bible teaches about priests, their role and function, especially in our time today.
In ancient times, like in the era of Abraham, there was only a specific person who was designated as priest of the Most High God and at the same time King of Salem whose name was Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18-20).
In the time of Moses, no Jewish people could come to God but through the priests and High Priests that He had installed in the lineage of Aaron, a Levite descent, for the purpose of bringing their petitions and asking for forgiveness of their personal sins or sins in violations to God’s laws (Exodus 29:1-46; Leviticus 9:1-24).
This thing was done inside the Tabernacle which God instructed Moses to build patterned after the Tabernacle in Heaven, God’s dwelling, while Moses and the Jewish people were in the wilderness.
Made of a piece of cloth, the tabernacle was divided into three sections, namely the outside court, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place or the Holy of Holies, and the Jews could only come to the outer court and the rituals of offering the animals and bloods sprinkled roundabout at the altar and in other parts and the priests only could perform.
The priests could only come to the Holy Place with the three pieces of furniture namely the Table of Showbread containing 12 pieces of fresh bread; the Lampstand and attached to it were almond-like flower cups and filled with olive oil to light the area; and the Altar of Incense where the smoke—representing the people’s prayers—rose up toward God in Heaven.
The High Priest, on the other hand, could enter the Most Holy Place only once a year and the area contained only one piece of furniture, the Ark of the Covenant. Inside it were the Ten Commandments, Manna and Aaron’s Rod that budded and on its cover was the Mercy Seat where the blood of the animal be sprinkled and the two statutes of angels were placed opposite with each other whose wings touched also with each other that covered the Mercy Seat and the “Shekinah” Glory of God lighted the area.
The façade of the Most Holy Place was covered with a huge veil hooked up from top to bottom that no one could enter inside it except the High Priest bringing with blood to sprinkle in the mercy seat asking for forgiveness of his sins and the sins of the nation as a whole.
All these things were foreshadowed of the Lord Jesus Christ as He is the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek and at the same time as King of the Jewish people and the Christians as well. He has interceded for His people in Heaven for more than 2000 years until now already (Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 7:24-27; 3:1).
When He died on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn into two from top to the bottom signifying that every believer can have a direct access to God in Heaven (Matthew 27:51).
Now, there is no need to confess our sins to the priests because all genuine believers or Christians are already priests as God has called us the kingdom of priest, chosen generation, holy nation and special people (1 Peter 2:9).
As people of God, we are called priests, saints and holy people and these titles are not only addressed to a special kind of people who have attained of the so-called “holiness” for the kind of life they have or for the services they have rendered to God.
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