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Tuesday, November 12 2013
Leviticus 21: Priests Of God And Of Christ
"They shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years"
The Levite priesthood (see Exodus 26: The First Christian Tabernacle and Leviticus 9: The Beginning Of The Levite Ministry: also Leviticus 12: The Messiah's Levitical Birth) was established by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) to serve as a prophetic portrayal of the Messiah and of those who would serve Him while the process of salvation is being completed (see the Fact Finder question below).
The High Priest represented the Messiah (see Leviticus 8: The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One and Why Do Christians Observe The Messiah's Day Of Atonement?).
"3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 3:3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. 3:4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. 3:5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end." (Hebrews 3:1-6 KJV)
"1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." (Revelation 1:5-6 KJV)
Due to the sacred (which means set apart) nature of who and what they represented, they were to live honorable lives - not meaning that they were merely to be honored for no other reason than because they were "ministers" (i.e. idolized), but because they were to live and behave with honor in keeping with the responsibility that they were given (see also Leviticus 15: Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness).
"21:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people: 21:2 But for his kin, that is near unto him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother, 21:3 And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him, which hath had no husband; for her may he be defiled. 21:4 But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.
This Day In History, November 12
764: Tibetan troops occupied Chang'an, the capital of China's Tang Dynasty.
1035: King Canute of Denmark (ruled England, Norway and Denmark) died at age 40.
1439: Plymouth, England, became the first town incorporated by the English Parliament.
1812: In their retreat from Moscow, the remnants of Napoleon's "Grand Army" crossed the River Berezina; 10,000 stragglers were left behind.
1833: A meteorite deluge occurred, estimated at 1,000 per minute. Scientists believe that about 25,000,000 enter earth's atmosphere each day.
1859: In Paris, France, the first flying trapeze act was performed, by Jules Leotard at the Cirque Napoleon, without a safety net. The body-hugging costume he used was later named after him - leotards.
1867: A major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy began and lasted for several months.
1912: A search party found the remains of British explorer Robert Scott and his companions after their ill-fated South Pole expedition.
1918: The day after the First World War armistice (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary abdicated, making Austria a republic.
1923: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) was arrested for his failed "Beer Hall Putsch" 4 days earlier.
1933: The Nazis Party and their leader Adolf Hitler received 92% of the vote in the German election.
1938: High-ranking Nazi official Hermann Goering stated that Madagascar should become a Jewish homeland.
1939: The occupying Nazi forces in Poland ordered Jews to wear yellow arm bands.
1942: The British 8th Army under General Bernard Montgomery captured Tobruk in Libya, taking over 30,000 German prisoners.
1944: The German battleship Tirpitz, sister ship of the Bismarck and Hitler's last major warship, was sunk by Lancaster bombers at Tromso Fjord in northern Norway.
1948: In the aftermath of the Second World War, Japanese Prime Minister Hikedi Tojo and 7 others were sentenced to hang by a U.S. war crimes court for "breaching laws and customs of war." Among the specified war crimes for which they were convicted and sentenced to death by U.S. judges was the waterboarding torture of prisoners - the very same form of torture used in the present-day "war on terror."
Waterboarding was actually invented during the Church of Rome's "Inquisition" in which people were tortured into "conversion."
1968: The U.S. Supreme Court overturned an Arkansas law that banned the teaching of evolution in public schools (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).
1969: After the "classified" incident was made public by independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, the U.S. Army announced that it was investigating Lt. William Calley for his ordering the massacre of over 500 Vietnamese civilians (unarmed old men, women and babies) in their village of My Lai in March 1968. Calley was later convicted of the war crimes, but was quietly released from custody not long afterward.
1982: Yuri Andropov was elected First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party following the death of Leonid Brezhnev.