‘’A Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation’’
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a Kodesh (Holy) nation, Elohim’s (God’s) special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
Now there is much that has been said over the years regarding this topic and I believe that in the process of ‘’the restoration of all things’’ it’s of utmost importance that we search out TRUTH for the sake of TRUTH. This is not the time to be holding onto man’s traditions as we certainly do not want to be found holding onto man’s traditions when Machiach (Messiah) comes because Scripture tells us Machiach is coming for a PURE bride, one without spot or wrinkle.
Just let that sink in for a moment…
That is a pretty high Standard that we need to meet! Purity and Truth are one and the same thing. Machiach (Messiah) is coming for a Bride who is living out TRUTH in every area of Her existence. As I have always said one of the main problems we face when trying to find TRUTH lies in the definition of words. As long as we all have been lead to believe we can have our own personal definitions of words and therefore standards, we will never be able to attain YHVH’s (The LORD’s) definitions and standards and therefore it will be guaranteed that we will fall short of the mark, and be found wanting. To me this sounds like a plan ‘’the enemy’’ would find very useful. It is critical that we find out YHVH’s (The LORDS) definitions and Standards and strive to attain them, anything short of this is a total waste of time and energy.
With that said, let’s look to Scripture YHVH (The LORD’s) dictionary, in order to understand what YHVH (The LORD) defines as truth.
Jon 17:17 Sanctify them in the TRUTH; Your Word is TRUTH.
Wow amazing text, let’s try and unpack what Machiach (Messiah) is actually saying here. This is what we need to consider, this is Machiach (Messiah) speaking to His Father about His followers, and Machiach says your Word (The Fathers Word) is TRUTH, sanctify those who follow Me by Your WORD’s, why is this important? Well Machiach (Messiah) didn’t say sanctify them by My Words and neither did He say sanctify them by Mathew’s words or Luke’s words and He definitely didn’t say sanctify them by Paul’s Words! Now I am not from the anti-Paul camp, on the contrary I believe that just as we were warned by Peter, Paul’s writings have been twisted by those who are unlearned in ‘’The Fathers Word’’ from the catholic interpreters trying to ‘’help’’ us understand their man made traditions to the protesting catholic pastors doing like wise.
2 Pe 3:15-16 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. THERE ARE SOME THINGS IN THEM THAT ARE HARD TO UNDERSTAND, which THE UNLEARNED AND UNSTABLE TWIST TO THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION, as they do the other Scriptures.
Now if Peter a Jewish man, who never met a catholic, nor read a bible interpreted by them, who was a native Hebrew speaker, who had walked with and learnt from Machiach (Messiah) AND received Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit) in Acts 2, could say Paul speaks of things HARD TO UNDERSTAND, then would you not agree that we who have had almost zero of what Peter had in LEARNING Torah (The Father’s Words that sanctify) need to be very, very, careful when reading Paul’s writings?
Did Machiach (Messiah) come up with His statement in Jon 17:17 from thin air? Let’s investigate and take a look at my all-time favorite Psalm, Psalm 119 (meditate on this Psalm it is filled with WISDOM).
Ps 119:151 But You are near, O YHVH (LORD), and all Your Commandments are TRUTH. Imagine that!
Now let’s think about this, if ‘’the Law’’ aka The Torah, which contains YHVH’s (The LORD’s) commandments, which Scripture says are ‘’THE TRUTH’’ has been nailed to The Cross and done away with (as we have been taught). Then if we follow through with that logic, that means ‘’TRUTH’’ has been done away with, and if ‘’TRUTH’’ is done away with then all that is left in a ‘’theology/religion/denomination’’ that teaches this is ………………..LIES.
Ps 119:160 the sum of Your Word is TRUTH, and every one of your Righteous Rules Endures Forever. So let do as Machiach (Messiah) said, let’s go to His ‘’Fathers Words’’ (The Only Words that Sanctify us) and look at the witness given by The TRUTH. What does YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Word say about the idea of a ‘’Royal Priesthood,’’ is it truly a new thing, something that only came about because of Machiach’s (Messiah’s) death?
For the answer we must turn to Exo 19, which is a chapter from this week’s Torah portion called Jethro. Exo 19 is one of my favourite texts of all time as it contains the betrothal vow between The Creator and King of the universe and His Bride Israel (made up of Jews aka the natural born and former gentles aka the adopted by faith children of Abraham). As we have discussed before the process of being saved from Egypt, getting purified and married to YHVH (The LORD) in the wilderness and then being brought into The Promised Land, is a process that is repeated in every believers walk and therefore, we all will have YHVH (The LORD) make this very same vow to us and if we accept His marriage proposal, we will all have to make the very same vow The Bride did. I hope this makes sense?
With that said, what are these vows and what have they got to do with 2 Peter and the ‘’Royal Priesthood’’?
Let’s begin with YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Vow.
Exo 19:3-6 while Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: 4 You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, IF YOU WILL INDEED OBEY MY VOICE AND KEEP MY COVENANT, YOU SHALL BE MY TREASURED POSSESSION AMONG ALL PEOPLES, for all the earth is mine; 6 AND YOU SHALL BE TO ME A KINGDOM OF PRIESTS AND A HOLY NATION. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
Wow imagine that, this is YHVH (The LORD’s) vow to His Bride, this vow has never changed and this is what Peter was speaking about, this is not some new concept, Peter was quoting from Torah aka ‘’The Fathers Words the ONLY Words that can Sanctify us!
Sometimes some words in Scripture are difficult to understand. What exactly does the word ‘’Sanctify’’ mean? Well in the 1 Peter text the Greek word used is ‘’ Hagiazō’’ Strong’s concordance number G40, and this Greek word is the exact same word used to translate the Hebrew word ‘’Kadosh’’ Strong’s concordance number H6918 in Exo 19:6. Therefore if we understand what the Hebrew word Kadosh means then we will have the original meaning of the concept to ‘’Sanctify,’’ I hope this makes sense? The Hebrew word Kadosh means to be Holy aka set apart from the rest for a special purpose.
In order to be Kadosh/Holy/Sanctified and therefore part of ‘’The Royal Priesthood and Holy Nation’’ ‘’The Fathers Words’’ tells us we must Obey ‘’The Fathers Words’’ and keep ‘’The Covenant.’’ Throughout The Fathers Words (The ONLY Words that can sanctify us) there is one set of writings that are actually called the book of ‘’The Covenant’’ and that is none other than Torah aka The Writings of Moshe (Moses).
Inclosing, let’s take a look at a beautiful witness from The Fathers Words (The ONLY Words able to Sanctify us) that give witness to both, where we can find the terms and conditions of The Covenant and not only that also the witness as to The Brides eternal vow.
Exo 24:7 Then he (Moshe) took THE BOOK OF THE COVENANT and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “ALL THAT YHVH (THE LORD) HAS SPOKEN WE WILL DO, AND WE WILL BE OBEDIENT.”
There we have it, the Book of The Covenant was something Moshe and Israel had in the Wilderness. And lastly and most importantly the Brides vow.
“(((ALL))) THAT YHVH (THE LORD) HAS SPOKEN WE WILL DO, AND WE WILL BE OBEDIENT.”
And just so that we are not confused or wondering could this really be so, YHVH (The LORD) gave us a second witness. Moshe (Moses) the groom’s friend aka best man brought to The Bride, The Vow of Her Groom and then returned to YHVH (The LORD) with her vow in response.
Exo 19:7 So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them ALL these words that YHVH (the LORD) had commanded him. 8 All the people answered together and said, “ALL THAT THE LORD HAS SPOKEN WE WILL DO.” And Moses reported the words of the people to YHVH (the LORD).
This is the key to and identification of the ‘’ Royal Priesthood, and Holy Nation’’ aka ‘’The Bride’’ according to The Father Words (the ONLY words able to Sanctify).
I don’t know about you and yours, but as for me and my house, we will trust ‘’The Father Words’’ above all else.
Selah (Meditate deeply on what has been shared)
Join us in the near future YHVH (The LORD) willing when we will be discussing part 2 of this very important topic.
‘’Has The Priesthood of Levi Been Done Away With’’
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