May 25, 2003

Some interesting thoughts that occured to me this morning while I was preparing for our worship service... Understanding the pastor's role in terms of the community leaders of the Old Testament: Prophet, Priest, and King.

A pastor isn't exactly a prophet in the Old Testament ("Thus sayeth the Lord") sense, but rather is one who guides God's people to understand what God is saying through them. He brings God's Word out of the church family like a conductor brings a melody out of an orchestra.

A pastor isn't exactly a priest in the Old Testament (sacrificial/liturgical) sense, but assumes the priest's role as a teacher of the people, with God's revelation of Himself as the textbook.

A pastor isn't exactly a king in the Old Testament (ruling/commanding/2Ch 14:4) sense, but rather is a leader by example, a servant leader, who says, "Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ," who "did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." (That's 1Co 11:1 and Mt 20:28, by the way.)

Jesus the Messiah -- who perfectly embodied prophet, priest, and king -- provides the perfect example then for the pastor to follow...

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