New Priest, New Priesthood

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Uttering the words, “It is finished”, as He hung on the cross, Jesus declared the fulfillment of His purpose on earth, the reconciliation of humankind to God the Creator/Father. One of the dynamic occurrences that resulted was that “…the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom…” signifying that a …new and living way was opened for all believers into the very presence of God with no other sacrifice or priesthood except Christ‘s” (ref. Hebrews 9:1-8; 10:19-22).

For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law” (ref. Romans 10:4).  It has always amazed me how so many “preachers of the Gospel/Grace“,  still use/rely upon Malachi 3:10 when referring to giving.  A careful, and studious, reading of this passage reveals that this is God’s reprimand to the children of Israel as a result of their negligence in fulfilling their obligations of tithing.  It is not meant for, nor applies to, us as members of the New Testament (NT) church.  Nowhere in any of the letters to the NT church (which is inclusive of Jews and non-Jews alike), are we directed to tithe.  However, we are instructed by the Apostle Paul, “But this I say; He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity (compulsion); for God loves a cheerful giver ” (2 Corinthians 9:6,7).

Yes, I’ve heard, and been taught,  that  Jesus taught/endorsed tithing (ref. St. Matthew 23:23).  In context, Jesus was reprimanding the scribes and Pharisees for being hypocrites in paying tithe and neglecting the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith.  “These (tithe of mint, anise, and cumin) you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”  As a rabbi Jesus was obligated to the law (e.g. going to the temple on the Sabbath, adhering to dietary restrictions, observing holy days, etc.)  However, the crucifixion, more specifically, the resurrection, was the dawning of a New Day  introduced by a New Priest presiding over a New Priesthood.  “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…

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