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2." Не любите мира, ни того, что в мире; кто любит мир, в том нет любви Отчей; Ибо все, что в мире: похоть плоти, похоть очей и гордость житейская, не есть от Отца, но от мира(сего)."1Иоан.2:15-16.

3. "Больше всего хранимого храни сердце твое, потому что из него источники жизни."Пр.4:23.

4."...Бог есть любовь, и пребывающий в любви пребывает в Боге, и Бог в нем."1 Иоан.4:16(2).

5. "Ибо так возлюбил Бог мир, что отдал Сына Своего единородного, дабы всякий, верующий в Него, не погиб, но имел жизнь вечную." Иоан.3:16.

6."Перестаньте вы надеяться на человека, которого дыхание в ноздрях его, ибо что он значит?"Ис.2:22.

7."Кто хранит уста свои и язык свой, тот хранит от бед душу свою". Пр.21:23.

8. "Долготерпеливый лучше храброго, и владеющий собою лучше завоевателя города." Пр.16:32.

9."Оправдывающий нечестивого и обвиняющий праведного - оба мерзость пред Господом". Пр.17:15.

10."Кто ведет дело разумно, тот найдет благо, и кто надеется на Господа, тот блажен". Пр.16:20.

Sermon of the week

 Priesthood
  A priest is a servant of God with authority over all ordinances and rites performed in religious organizations.
  If we consider the priesthood only from the perspective of Christianity, then there are only two priesthood emanating from our Creator.
  The first is Melchizedek.
  Second - after the order of Aaron.
  And I would like to consider these two priesthood because they belong to us who believe in Jesus Christ and want to serve God, the Creator of all things visible and invisible.
  Naturally, the question is: does all this have any meaning for a person who wants to be in communion with God?  Is the difference between the priesthood of Aaron and Melchizedek so important to a Christian?
  The answers to these questions are very important.  Our standing before God depends on it.  The principle of this service, its essence is important.  When did it arise and how long will it last?
  First - after the order of Aaron.
  Aaron is the brother of Moses, who led the people of Israel when God led them out of Egyptian slavery.  And it was from that time, with the emergence of the law of Moses and the priesthood began in the rank of Aaron.
  Aaron was from the tribe of Levi.
  The duties of the priests were different; they had to keep the fire on the altar of burnt offering day and night, pour oil into the lamps of the lamp, bring morning and evening sacrifice, bread offering and libation.
  Their duty was also to teach the Israelites all the statutes of the Lord, to resolve disputes, to investigate various kinds of leprosy. Further, they had in certain cases to blow in silver pipes and in the war to encourage the people. In a word, the priest had to keep the teaching pure, "for the law is sought from his mouth," because he is a "messenger" (Heb. angel) of the Lord of hosts." Newstrom's Handbook.
  An individual role was assigned to the high priest, who, after the death of Aaron, came from the descendants of Aaron himself.  And this resolution was quite strictly observed.
  It is interesting to note that in order to resume the priesthood of Aaron, the Jews will need to find the descendants of Aaron from the tribe of Levi.
  At the time, somehow thought: how, in principle, possible to determine their relationship?  After all, a lot of time has passed since the resettlement of Jews.  For two thousand years, everything could be very mixed.
  I confess that I had expected that science would probably help.  So it happened.  Genetics is able to determine the origin of a person with extraordinary accuracy.
  I like to listen to the lectures of one academician-genetics.  He recounts his work in the study of kinship among peoples.  Among other research he was engaged in the issue line of the descendants of Aaron.
  By the way, among those Jews who found out the origin of 25 percent who ranked themselves to this people, that is a quarter, aren't Jews at all.
  Genetics does incredible things.
  Thus, the beginning of the priesthood in the rank of Aaron began with the release of the Jews from Egyptian slavery.  And it was connected, first, with the tabernacle of the congregation, which the people had while in the wilderness, and later with the temple built in Jerusalem.
  In our time, we do not observe the Aaronic priesthood because there is no temple.  And where is the ark of the Covenant is also not known.
  But the question arises: why did God give the law of Moses and why did you need the priesthood in the order of Aaron?
  From the Scriptures, we can easily answer these questions:
  1 the Law is the knowledge of sin. "20 therefore by the deeds of the law are not justified before Him no flesh; for by the law is the knowledge of sin." Romans 3:20.
  2 the Law carries the doctrine that came later, its spiritual component. "45 do Not think that I will accuse you before the Father: there is a accuser on you, Moses, on whom you trust.
46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.
47 If you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?" John 5:46-47.
  3 by Fulfilling the law of Moses, man could be purified before God.
"12 And the law is not by faith; but he that doeth it shall live by it." Galatians 3:12.
  Joseph and Mary fulfilled this law, and therefore were righteous before God.  And this is very important, because the baby had to be absolutely clean.  And only then would the sacrifice that Christ made have such power.  Because death is valid only in the case of the presence of sin. No sin , no death. "55 "Death! where's your sting? hell! where is your victory?»
56 the Sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is law.
57 Thanks be to God, who gave us victory by our Lord Jesus Christ!" 1 Karimpol 15:55-57.
  Therefore, the Law of Moses was necessary until a certain time, as well as the priesthood of Aaron.
"24 so the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith;" Galatians 3:24.
  But, strangely enough, the law still works and works actually on those to whom it was first of all intended, namely to Jews.  Because God cannot reject his people who have chosen and who have blessed abundantly.  Remember the words of the Apostle Paul, addressed to carampana:
"1 I ask then: did God reject His people? Nohow. For I am also an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God hath Not cast away His people which He foreknew." Romans 11:1-2(1).
  But, the Lord allowed to be a spiritual fall among his people, so that salvation would spread to all Gentiles:
"25 For I do not want you, brethren, in the dark about this mystery – so that you do not dream about themselves – that the violence has occurred in Israel in part, until the time has come in the fullness of the Gentiles;
26 and thus all Israel shall be saved, as it is written, "the deliverer shall come from Zion, and turn away the wickedness from Jacob.
27 And this Covenant is with them from Me, when I will take away their sins from them."
28 In relation to the gospel, they are enemies for your sake; and in relation to election, they are beloved of God for the fathers.
29 For the gifts and the calling of God are immutable." Romans 11:25-29.
  Everything is quite clear.  The Jews cannot receive the good news through Jesus Christ until the full number of the redeemed among all men is chosen by God himself.  From their fall, figuratively speaking, salvation to the Gentiles who accepted Jesus Christ by faith.
  And here it is important to understand now another priesthood, namely the rank of Melchizedek.   Because the principles differ cordinally.
  Two questions:  1. Where can we read about Melchizedek?  And  2. how long has this priesthood been?
  It was when Abraham met Melchizedek.  And described in the book of Genesis:
18 "and Melchizedek, the king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine; he was the priest of the most high God, –
19 and he blessed him, and said, blessed is Abram of the most high God, the Lord of heaven and earth;
20 and blessed is God the most high, Who has delivered your enemies into your hands. Abram gave him a tenth of everything." Genesis 24:18-20.
  It turns out that the priesthood after the order of Melchisedec was before of the priesthood after the order of Aaron.  After all, Moses lived much later.
  Then in Psalm 109 we read the following lines, which do not refer to king saim, but to the priesthood which he represented:
"4 the Lord has Sworn and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec." Psalm 109:4.
  And then the Bible tells us a more detailed description of Melchizedek, who he is, what is the principle of his priesthood:
1 "For Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, the one who met Abraham and blessed him returning after the defeat of the kings,
2 to whom the tithes separated Abraham from all, first, being by interpretation the king of righteousness and after that also king of Salem, which is king of peace,
3 without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, resembling the Son of God; abideth a priest continually." Hebrews 7:1-3.
  Isn't that a strange description?  Without a father, without a mother, without a genealogy, having neither the beginning of days nor the end of life, becoming like the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
  But, Son of God, as we know there is Christ in whom we believe and Serve.  He is the high Priest in the order of Melchizedek.
"So also Christ not Himself glorified to be high priest but he That said unto Him, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee; as also in another place speaks: You are a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec. He, in the days of his flesh, with a strong cry and with tears, offered prayers and supplications to the one who could save Him from death; and he was heard for His awe; though He was a Son, but by suffering the skill of obedience, and having been accomplished, he became for all those who obeyed Him the culprit of eternal salvation, having been called from God the high Priest by the rank of Melchizedek." Heb.5:5-10
  After all, note that it is a priesthood that abides forever, to the man it cannot be applied.  It has no beginning and no end.  It refers to eternity.  And then the principle of the priesthood is laid down: without father, without mother, without genealogy.
  In the priesthood after the order of Melchizedek, in contrast to the priesthood after the order of  Aaron, it doesn't matter your lineage.  It doesn't matter who your parents are.  It only matters who you are.
  First principle: genealogy has no meaning.
  The second principle: if the high Priest is Christ, then there must be other priests, that is, those who serve God.
"9 But you are the chosen race, the Royal priesthood, the Holy people, the people taken into the inheritance, to proclaim the perfection of him who Called you out of darkness into his wondrous light;
10 once you were not a people but are now the people of God; once obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy." 1 Peter 2:9-10.
  Royal priesthood.
  In Jesus Christ, all who believe and are redeemed by His Blood are priests.  This is the second fundamental difference from the priesthood in the order of Aaron.
  Third principle: there is no man-made temple in this priesthood.  Now the Temple is within those who have the Holy spirit.
"16 Don't you know that you are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God lives in you?"   1 Corinthians 3:16.
  You Are The Temple Of God.
  Three important features distinguish the two priesthood: the order of Aaron and the order of Melchizedek.
  And by the way, pay attention to two more features of Abraham's meeting with Melchizedek and now to the similarity of the two priests:
   1 "and Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine; he was a priest of the most high God."  It reminds me of something, doesn't it?
   After all, Christ left us a commandment related to bread and wine, as a commandment in memory of His suffering on the cross and our redemption for eternal life.
   2 " Abram gave him a tenth of everything." Abraham gave one tenth of everything.  That is tithing.
  I think this is a good example for us: we need to sacrifice at least a tenth of what we have for the cause of God.
  The priesthood after the order of Melchizedek refers to eternity.  And every one of us who believes in Jesus Christ is a Melchizedek priest.

   Be blessed!

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