From: Sophereth at Kirjath Sepher
To: the kingdom of priests, the royal priesthood, the holy nation
. What were the duties, what are the duties, what will be the duties of the kingdom of priests, the royal priesthood, the holy nation?
. Leviticus 10:8-11. And the Lord spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, WHEN ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations: (most believe this is what happened to Nadab and Abihu. We MUST NOT drink wine nor strong drink WHEN we go into His presence to minister to Him with singing, praise and worship.) And that ye may PUT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN holy and unholy, and BETWEEN unclean and clean; And that ye may TEACH the children of Israel ALL the statutes which the Lord hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.
. Deuteronomy 24:8. Take heed in the plague of leprosy (an OT type of a plague of immorality), that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall TEACH you: as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do.
. Deuteronomy 33:8,10. And of Levi he said, …..they shall TEACH Jacob thy judgements, and Israel thy law: THEY SHALL PUT INCENSE BEFORE THEE, AND WHOLE BURNT SACRIFICE UPON THINE ALTAR. (an OT type of worship)
. 2Chronicles 15:3. Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a TEACHING priest, and without law.
. Deuteronomy 10:8,9. At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi, to BEAR THE ARK of the covenant of the Lord, to STAND before the Lord to MINISTER UNTO HIM , and TO BLESS IN HIS NAME, unto this day. Wherefore Levi hath no part nor inheritance with his brethren; the Lord is his inheritance, according as the Lord thy God promised him.
. Deuteronomy 21:5. And the priests the sons of Levi shall COME NEAR; for them the Lord thy God hath chosen to MINISTER UNTO HIM; and to BLESS in the name of the Lord.
. Leviticus 9:22. And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and BLESSED THEM, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offering. (our sin offering has been made in Messiah Jesus, once and for all)
. Numbers 6:22-27. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall BLESS the children of Israel, SAYING UNTO THEM, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall PUT MY NAME UPON THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL; and I will bless them.
. 1Chronicles 23:13. and Aaron was SEPARATED, that he should SANCTIFY THE MOST HOLY THINGS, he and his sons forever, to BURN INCENSE before the Lord, to MINISTER UNTO HIM, and to BLESS IN HIS NAME FOREVER.
. Ezekiel 44:15-28. (the 7th day house) But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that KEPT THE CHARGE OF MY SANCTUARY when the children of Israel went astray from me (most consider this to be the golden calf), they shall COME NEAR TO ME TO MINISTER UNTO ME, and they shall STAND BEFORE ME to OFFER UNTO ME the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God: they shall ENTER INTO MY SANCTUARY, and they shall COME NEAR TO MY TABLE (altar of incense), TO MINISTER UNTO ME, and they shall KEEP MY CHARGE. And it shall come to pass, that when they ENTER IN at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments (a type of righteousness); and no wool shall come upon them (a type of working in our own strength, that causes sweat), whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within. And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments. (there is a NT scripture for this. I can’t find it now. I’ll post it later.) Neither shall any priest drink wine WHEN they enter into the inner court. Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before. And they shall TEACH my people the difference between the holy and profane, and CAUSE them to discern between the unclean and the clean. And in controversy they shall STAND IN JUDGEMENT; and they shall judge it according to my judgements: and they shall KEEP MY LAWS and MY STATUTES in all my assemblies; and they shall HALLOW MY SABBATHS. And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father or for mother or for son, or for daughter, for brother or for sister that hath no husband, they may defile themselves. (I believe that is an OT type of spiritual deadness. more about this later.) And it (this ministry) shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.
. These were, are, and will be the duties of the priesthood of God. according to the pattern that God gave Moses in the mount.