Wednesday, May 10, 2006

King David Priest

King David was a priest. And all the kings of Jerusalem are priests. Priests in the order of Melchizadek, who was king of righteousness and king of Salem = Jerusalem and king of righteousness (Psalm 110; Hebrews 7).

David and the other kings perform some priestly functions, sometimes with abuses, including regulating worship. David wore the linen ephod (2 Sam 6). Kings offer sacrifices (2 Sam 24:25; 2 Sam 6:13, 17); 2 Sam 8:18b; Solomon, (1 Kings 3:4, 15), blessings and prayers (1 Kings 8:14, 52-56), Ahaz (2 Kings 16:10-16).

David is not an Aaronic or Levitical priest.

There is obviously some separation of the spheres (civil and ecclesiastical) in Ancient Israel, but the picture is not simplistic.

Jesus, Great David's Greater Son, unites all the promises of the Bible and is the supreme priest and king.

Thanks Dr Thomas Renz.

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