The Rules for Priests (Lev 21-22)
Priests not by choice but by being born into the family of Aaron.
Our priesthood is also by spiritual birth and not of human decision.
Prohibitions and Instructions
1. A priest must not defile himself with the dead.
2. A priest shall not marry a prostitute, defiled woman or divorcee but a virgin from his own people.
3. An anointed priest who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose, nor tear his clothes.
4. A priest who has the hereditary blemishes is disqualified from the priesthood.
1. We administer the ministry of life and not death.
Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:7-15 (NIV)
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. Romans 8:1-3 (NIV)
2. We are not married to the world and the law but to Christ.
With respect the world (Not the prostitute but the virgin)
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27 RSV)
With respect the law (Not the divorcee but Christ)
But if he dies, she is quite free to marry another man in good conscience, with no one’s disapproval.
So, my friends, this is something like what has taken place with you. When Christ died he took that entire rule-dominated way of life down with him and left it in the tomb, leaving you free to “marry” a resurrection life and bear “offspring” of faith for God. For as long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. And this made us all the more rebellious. In the end, all we had to show for it was miscarriages and stillbirths. Romans 7:3-6 (The Message)
3. Tearing the robe: A new order of priesthood a new covenant.
The high priest then tore his robe and said, “This man claims to be God! We don’t need any more witnesses! Matthew 26:65 (NCV)
Aaron’s priesthood ends! “If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come—one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.” Heb 7:10-12 (NIV)
“Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them ” (which are offered according to the law), then He (Jesus) said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:5-10 NKJV
4. Jesus’ perfection removes our heredity blemishes. The emphasis is forgiveness of sins and not sin consciousness.
But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, … For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”[Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:11-25 (NKJV)
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17 (NKJV)
We become Holy by beholding Jesus and Not Upholding the Law
Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (The Message)
Jesus is Lord means Jesus is my righteousness
Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and granted him a name, that which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of heavenly and earthly and infernal [beings], and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord to God [the] Father’s glory. Phips 2: 9-11 (Darby)
I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth [in] righteousness and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Only in Yahweh, shall one say, have I righteousness and strength. To him shall [men] come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed Isaiah 45:22-24 (Darby Translation)
But now righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. Romans 3:21
It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. Romans 4:13
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. Philippians 3:9 (NIV)
• God accepts us because of Christ our High Priest
• We are made perfect by walking with the Spirit and not the Law
• We become Holy by Reflecting His Glory and not our effort.