The Priesthood According To The Order of Melchizedek
Note: On Sunday, December 19th, 2010, I will be teaching another lesson, The Priesthood of Believers in my “Journey with Pappa B” Series at CityView Community Church, just north of Rt.30 on Roosevelt Ave (on top of the hill) at 9:30 a.m. until 10:15.
Martin Luther professed the Priesthood of Believers as one of his tenants during the Reformation, yet he did not practice it when setting up church government. He still advocated the clergy/laity relationship when establishing the Lutheran Church.
Today, the Mosaic system of leadership with priests from the tribe of Aaron has been replaced by the rabbinical system of leadership in the Jewish faith. Today they have no priests, no temple, and no animal sacrifice. So where does the priesthood stand? Is it an archaic institution?
Abraham paid respect to a priest, king of Salem, whose name was Melchizedek, by giving him 1/10th of all he had, the first recorded tithe in the Bible. Who was this Melchizedek? David even records and recognizes him him in Psalms 110:4. Hebrews 7:26-37 & 8:1-13 records, “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying “Know the Lord” because they will all know me from the least of them to the greatest.”
So if we are priests to the order of Melchizedek, then what can we do as priests since there is no longer any need for a sacrificial system since Jesus is our sacrifice, our sacrificial land?