Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

The Power for Priesthood
Pastor Steve Schell
Exodus 29:1-46; Leviticus 8:1-36
God never asks us to do anything He will not empower us to accomplish. Christians are not simply people who are trying in their own strength to do good things for God. At least that is not what God intended. His plan has always been to work miracles through people of faith. In other words, He‘s the One who does the real spiritual work. Our part is simply to obey. Not only did He give such power to the high priest of Israel, but now He intends to give it to the men and women who He‘s called as priests of a new covenant. In fact, one of the most important gifts a Christian receives is the ”promise of the Father.” Jesus repeatedly told His disciples to expect this blessing. And He said that when it came they would be transformed into people through whom God could minister miraculously. Just like Aaron the high priest those who followed Christ would be ”anointed“ with the Holy Spirit for priestly ministry. Yet because some have not been taught this truth they try to serve God without the supernatural support God has planned for them. Today we‘ll start by looking at the ordination ceremony God designed for Israel‘s high priest and then we‘ll turn to the New Testament to hear His promise of a new ordination for those who believe in His Son.

First, let‘s see the steps God took to ordain the high priest:
1. Washing and clothing (Lev 8:1-9)
- Washing: repentance
- Remember the meaning of the priests garments
2. Anointing (Lev 8:10-12)
- Oil, representing the presence of the Holy Spirit, was poured over his head. This was a symbolic prayer inviting God‘s power to come upon him and remain on him.
- Psalm 133:1, 2
- 1 Samuel 16:1, 5-13 ”and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.“
3. Cleansing (Lev 8:14-21)
- Aaron and his sons were spiritually cleansed so they could enter the tabernacle
- Sin offering: a ransom is offered for any unintentional violations of ritual laws
- Burnt offering: an appeal is made for fellowship with God by transferring all sin to a substitute
- Definition of Atone: to satisfy the just demands of God by substitution so the sinner does not have to suffer
- The presence of God brings great blessing to those who have been atoned by blood. To those who have not, the presence of God brings trouble, even death.
4. Ordaining (Lev 8:22)
- Literally: ”filling, set in place“
- This is not a sacrifice it‘s a covenant ceremony
- Right ear: I will listen to the voice of God
- Right thumb: I will do what He tells me
- Right toe: I will go where He leads me
- Sprinkled with oil and blood (v 30)
- Covenant meal (8:31, 32)
5. Immersing (baptizing) (Lev 8:33-35)
- They were saturated with the Spirit of God by living in the holy place of the tabernacle for seven days.
- God was conditioning them so they would not be killed by His intense presence as they ministered around the tabernacle.

Now, let‘s see how God ordains His priests in the New Covenant.
1. Jesus calls all who follow Him to repent (wash) and clothe themselves with the attitudes of a priest (7 decisions).
2. He atones for all who place their faith in His ”once for all“ sacrifice on the cross.
3. He transforms our heart into one that desires to hear and obey Him by joining the Holy Spirit to our spirit.
4. He immerses or baptizes us with the presence of the Holy Spirit until we are transformed to function in the environment of the Spirit.
Key verses: Luke 24:49; Ezekiel 36:24-27; Acts 1: 4, 5; 2:1-18; 2:37-39; 19:1-17

The promise is for:
1. Now (Ac 2:16)
2. All (Ac 2:17, 18) ”bondslaves“
3. Ministry (Ac 2:17, 18)

How do I receive this promise?
1. Desire priestly ministry
2. Chose to put on the ”garments“
3. Prepare your mind and heart (see brochure)
4. Come Sunday at 6:00pm

Discussion Questions:
1. If you have received this baptism of the Holy Spirit share when and how.
2. Give an example of a time God worked through you (you obeyed what He told you, but His power caused the real change).

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