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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

10- Sacrifices and the Priesthood in the Old and New Testaments


Also the sacrifices and the priesthood

The blood sacrifices symbolised the Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. The principle of sacrifice was not abolished in the New Testament, but still stands, though we have now taken the spiritual meaning instead of the literal.

Thus the altar continued to exist in Christianity, though not for blood sacrifices;

(1 Cor 5:7) Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Image: Melchizedek صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: ملكي صادق Image: Melchizedek

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: ملكي صادق

Similarly, the priesthood was not abolished, but rather transformed from being of the order of Aaron, to the order of Melchizedek, and from a priesthood that offered blood sacrifices, to one which offers bread and wine.

The Scriptures states in Genesis

(Gen 14:18) Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.

Saint Paul clearly explained the priesthood according to the order of Melchizedek to be above that of the Aaronic priesthood.

(Heb 7:3) without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.

(Heb 7:21) for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: "The LORD has sworn And will not relent, 'You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek

(Heb 7:24) But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

Refer also to (Psalm 110:4)

So Christianity did not contradict the Law and the Prophets, but what was meant literally was preserved as is, as we have discussed this issue before here on in other sections. And that which was intended as a symbol, was understood and fulfilled in the New Testament.

The Old Testament remains, but the Lord Jesus removed the veil from people's minds so that believers could see with their spiritual eyes.

(2 Cor 3:14-16) But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. {15} But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.

{16} Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

It is regrettable to read some literature which is disrespectful of God’s Holy Book, the Old Testament. These writers also hurl many insults to the great patriarchs and saints of the Old Testament.

It is my desire, God willing, to explain to you the significance and the importance of the Old Testament.

What remains in this chapter is to respond to the question: HAS THE PRIESTHOOD COME TO AN END?

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