Sacred Scripture

“The priest who is chief among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil is poured, and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang lose, nor rend his clothes;  he shall not go in to any dead body, nor defile himself, even for his father or for his mother;  neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God;  for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him:  I am the Lord.”
(  Lev. 21: 10 )

” And The Lord said to Aaron, ” You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any portion among them;  I am your portion and your inheritance among the people of Israel.”
(  Num. 18: 20 )

” At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister to him and bless in his name, to this day.”
( Deut. 10: 8 )

” The man who acts presumptuously,  by not obeying the priest who stands to minister there before the Lord your God, or the judge, that man shall die;  so you shall purge the evil from Israel. ”
( Deut. 17: 12 )

” He appointed the priests to their offices and encouraged them in the service of the house of the Lord.”
( 2 Chron. 35: 2 )

” And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. ”
( Jer. 3: 15 )

“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the preaching and teaching. ”
(  1 Tim.  5:17 )

“….The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘Thou art a priest forever’.”
( Heb. 7: 21 )

“Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account.”
( Heb. 13:17 )

” ….but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct;  since it is written , ” You shall be holy , for I am holy.”
( 1 Pet. 1:15 )

” Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.  And the Lord said, ” The Lord rebuke you, O Satan!  The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!  Is not this a brand plucked from the fire? ”
( Zech.  3: 1-2 )

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