(What Does The Bible Teach About Pastors?)
Part 4: Were The Priest Old Testament Preachers?
Peace be unto you. Can the Preacher today take on the role of the Priest of the Old Testament? Are there any parallels? What are the similarities? How can we know these things?
Peace and Love, Carl Patton a willing slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 31 March 2006 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
Beloved many Preachers come today offering an assortment of dispositions and attitudes. However what does the Bible teach us about the disposition and attitudes of Preachers? We will go to the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy (18: 1-8) there we find some scripture that gives us some information about the Priests and Levites. Thus we find that the roles of the Priests were similar to the role of the Preacher during (Gospel Age New Covenant) the time we now live.
Deuteronomy 18:1. “The Priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the Lord made by fire and his inheritance.” (Also se Deuteronomy 10:9)
18: 2. “Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the Lord is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.” (Also see Deuteronomy 12: 12 and Psalms 16: 5).
Levite is the name given to the descendants of Levi. Levi was the third son of Jacob by Leah (Genesis 29:34; 35: 22-26). But there is a difference between the Priest and the Levites. The Mosaic Law made a clear distinction between the Priests and non-Priests or ordinary Levites. While the Levites belong to the large family of Levi the Priests are only found among the family of Aaron. Therefore a Priest was a Levite but a Levite was not necessarily a Priest.
The ordinance described in verse 1 and 2 refers to the Levites responding to the call of Moses (Exodus 32: 26-28). Many of the duties of the Priest were very similar to the duties of Preachers then and now. Paul reveals this as we turn to this writings to the Church at Corinth.
Our primary verse is 1 Corinthians 9: 13, however we will refer to verses 12-17. We also advise you to read and study the entire Chapter of 1 Corinthians 9.
1 Corinthians 9: 13. “Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? And they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?”
At this place Paul refers to the Mosaic Law that allows the one officiating in the altar service to receive part of his living from that service ( see Leviticus 6: 16, 26; 7:6, 31, 34).
However there are also some very important information found here that allows us to see certain precedents for the Preachers of today. For example in verse 12 Paul notes his right to support from the Corinthians, but he says it is not his intention to require it. To live of the Gospels noted in verse 14 means to obtain a living from those to whom the Gospel is Preached. (Also see this at Galatians 6: 6).
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