Priesthood Trumped

Jesus man of joyJesusI am not making a “play on words” referencing the last name of our current President. I’m using the word trumped to mean to “excel, surpass or outdo”. As I read the Old Testament and see the priesthood as it pertains to the Hebrew religious people, I’m reminded that priests are people in a position of “spiritual” power or significance. When Jesus came on the scene, many things changed. He challenged the high priests, the leaders of the Hebrew religious structure. His position as the Son of God trumped their position. God’s plan to change the structure and introduce a church became clear but wasn’t readily accepted by the religious leaders. The writer or Hebrews gives a quick history lesson regarding this change. Check this out…

26 For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do—first for their own sins, then for those of the people. He did this once for all time when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak, but the promise of the oath, which came after the law, appoints a Son, who has been perfected forever. (Hebrews 7:26-28 CSB)

Jesus came to earth and lived like a man. He faced the temptations and struggles of this life, EXCEPT He didn’t sin. Jesus’ presence here on earth really changed everything. The prophets and the priests before Him pointed to Him and all believers since are still pointing to Him. He didn’t just live here for 33 years and disappear. He is still living today in the hearts of those who’ve accepted Him into their hearts. I can’t adequately describe the Power and the Presence that He brought into my life many years ago. I believe Jesus to be the One & only Son of God, Who created everything. He made a way for me to get to God. I can talk directly to God through Jesus, the One Who intercedes on my behalf. Jesus filled the role of priests once and for all. I do agree that will all still need “Jesus with skin on” and so it’s helpful to counsel with a Pastor, Teacher or a follower of Jesus who is stronger in the faith.

I am committed to being a follower of Jesus the rest of my life here on earth. I can seek Him through His Word and by the Power of His Holy Spirit living in me. His Word and His Presence directs my path and gives me wisdom and discernment daily.  Jesus trumps any priests or human being who lives or has ever lived.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

An Innocent Child Leader

 

Smiling sport child boy showing hand biceps muscles strengthI love seeing the innocence of a young child. They really only know what they’ve been taught. Many children learn volumes from their environment. They learn from their parents or caregivers. Their values are caught from observation more than what is being taught. For example, if a parent teaches them to tell the truth but then lies, the child will be more likely to become a liar. I’m not trying to be harsh or critical of parents but how I live speaks much longer and has much more substance than anything I could say. Words are cheap and easy – living out my faith is way more challenging.

After Ahaziah was killed, his wicked mother seized power and proceeded to kill anyone who would be an heir to the throne. That means she was killing her other sons and her grandsons because she wanted to rule the kingdom. One of her daughters took the one-year-old son of the late king and hid him with his nurse in the Temple. He remained hidden there for six years.

4 In the seventh year Jehoiada sent for the commanders of units of a hundred, the Carites and the guards and had them brought to him at the temple of the Lord. He made a covenant with them and put them under oath at the temple of the Lord. Then he showed them the king’s son.

12 Jehoiada brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him; he presented him with a copy of the covenant and proclaimed him king. They anointed him, and the people clapped their hands and shouted, ‘Long live the king!’ (2 Kings 11:4, 12 NIV)

I find it hard to imagine a 7-year-old king having much wisdom and discernment. He was obviously the product of his nurse and his mother investing into his life. I do know some 7-year-old boys that trust the Lord. I don’t think they would be elected president, but I do think that they would have some good ideas about cleaning up the elaborate political mess that our country finds itself in.

The Lord is really in charge of Joash becoming king. The Lord can use anyone He chooses at any time He chooses to lead on His behalf. One of the first things that was done when Joash became king was to clean up and clean out the Baal worship.

I was reminded about Jesus encounter with little children. His disciples didn’t think He had time for the children. He took them in His lap and blessed them. Check this out….

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16 NIV)

Parents have a huge responsibility in the teaching and training of their children. As a parent, I have to start with me and it needs to be so much more than “lip service” to God. I need to trust Him with my heart. I need my behavior to flow from a heart that is committed to His Way and His Will for me.

Pressing On!

Dwayne