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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

99- The priesthood is a service for God


[6] This Has Been So From Old

(Isa 61:6) But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast.           Image: Jewish High Priest with Menorah صورة: صورة كاهن أعلى يهودي مع المنارة أو الشمعدان Image: Jewish High Priest with Menorah.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كاهن أعلى يهودي مع المنارة أو الشمعدان.

(Joel 1:9) The grain offering and the drink offering Have been cut off from the house of the LORD; The priests mourn, who minister to the LORD.

[7] The Same Is Reiterated In The New Testament

(2 Cor 3:3) clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

(2 Cor 6:4) But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,

(2 Cor 11:23) Are they ministers of Christ?; I speak as a fool; I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.

Three Basic Services

The priests are Servants of God and Christ. But what is their duty statement as servants?

They serve in all directions, but we will highlight three (3) main areas of service:

(1) The Service of the Altar

(2) The Service of the Scriptures

(3) The Reconciliation Service.

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