THE AARONIC AND THE MELCHISEDEC ORDER
The Priest is the minister of divine worship, especially the highest act of worship and sacrifice. In this sense, the priest exercises more or less exalted sacred functions as an intermediary between man and the divinity, “For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. (Hebrews 5:1)
God is the root, the offspring and the consummation of the priesthood, starting with Aaron and his sons only and finishing in Christ Jesus, the High priest after the order of Melchisedec. Aaron is made after the law of a carnal commandment pointing to the Lord Jesus Christ “who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life”. (Hebrew 5:15-17).
THE ORIGIN OF THE PRIESTHOOD BY GOD
It all started in Exodus after Israel was separated from Egypt. In the wilderness God unveiled His statues and ordinances for the kind of relationship He wants with His children a far cry from the undisciplined slavish life in Egypt. Moses was a prophet, a deliverer and a law giver fore-shadowing our Lord Jesus Christ who also came as a prophet, deliverer, savior and a law giver. Moses was commanded (because the Word of the Lord comes to the prophet) to ordain Aaron and his sons (exclusive of his wife, Mrs. Aaron and his daughters). Unlike today, there was nothing in the Bible that suggested Pastor and Pastor (Mrs.) Aaron or Priest and Priest (Mrs.) Aaron. None! God was very clear in His instructions to Moses. “And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation and wash them with water (a type of sanctification and cleansing with the washing of water by the word of God in the New Testament. (Eph. 5:26) Would Aaron’s wife and daughters been stripped naked to the waste in the public for washing as the men? Our God is descent. He has respect for womanhood and ensures their dignity is protected. This condemns so called servants of God who bathe and wash other men’s wife and women by the waterside and in the secrets in the name of Jesus Christ. It is an unwholesome doctrine, teaching and practice that have no scriptural foundations.
And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments and anoint him and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest office. It was clear “that he (Aaron) may minister … “not them” not Aaron and his wife”. This is the oracle of God, the very thought and idea of God, the initiator of the priesthood. It therefore cannot be modified, doing so will definitely spell death. Because when once Aaron’s two sons (Nadab and Abihu) despised an injunction in the priestly function as defined, they were discretionary instead of obeying, they paid dearly for it by being consumed by the fire that proceeded from God. (Lev. 10:1 – 3)
IS THERE A PRIESTLY PARTNERSHIP OF HUSBAND AND WIFE?
Can we say that the Pastors and Pastor (Mrs.), Revd. (Dr.) and Pastor (Mrs.), Bishops and Bishop (Mrs.), Arch Bishop and Arch Bishop(Mrs), we have today in the vineyard are sanctifying and glorifying the Lord? No Sir! Then Moses said unto Aaron, this is that the Lord spake, saying I will be sanctified in them that came nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace (Lev. 10:3).
How will our so-called Pastors, Apostles, Prophets, Teachers and Evangelists who allow their wives to be ordained as Pastors, Lady Evangelist, Bishops and Arch-Bishops explain away their transgression to their master? They certainly will hold their peace like Aaron and await the pronouncement of our Lord…”depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”(Matt. 7:22). It is a laughable trend that has swept across the ornate portals of the sanctuary and like a spiritual bug, breeds nothing but condemnation because the word of God is despised. Surely, God is no respecter of persons. So what happen to our Pastor( Mrs) dancing around the ALTAR? They must revert to status quo else…
The Anus, a precious member of the body, has a definite calling and commission to evacuate waste from the body in the secret and unseen domain. The Anus will never want to be seen in the public. She is shame-faced with sobriety. When sister Anus is now being ordained to the position and office of the mouth or the eye on the head in the public glare, is it not a misfit? The Anus is not inferior to the eye though, neither is the eye or mouth superior to the Anus. But by commission and calling they are respectively positioned in the body to do unique services and they must be were they’re placed. No body heard of priest Aaron’s wife. No, not at all. Aaron is in the public glare, a mouth piece but his wife, untitled is quietly behind the scene carrying out very vital duties that enables and enhances her husband’s excellent performance. The name of Aaron’s wife was not even mentioned one time in the bible. Do you ever hear the mention of the name Anus in the public? To assume co-responsibility of the priestly office as husband and wife is to transgress God’s commandment. These Pastor (Mrs.) that strive in prominence with their husbands are certainly a round peg in a square hole, they have no root in the scripture for their altar services. They may raise the dead and kill the living with accompanied evidence of miraculous signs and wonders, it only amount to doing God a service without His will. “…. but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven (Matt. 7:21).
FOLLOW THE DUE ORDER OF THE PATTERN
A lesson from David in 1 Chronicle 13 speaks volume. He was doing God a service by bringing the Ark of God to Jerusalem but he was beclouded by zeal; the revival, the singing, the new cart and the large multitude in attendance notwithstanding, because David overlooked the order and procedure of carrying the Ark of the covenant, he breached God’s will and Uzzah died in that revival, one of the handlers of the Ark of the covenant. Rather than engage the Levites, he consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. Remember, David was a man after God’s own heart. Did God overlook his folly? God must honor His word.
We must follow due order, not sentiments or emotions, these must be subjected to the will of God, the word of God. “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God”. (Rom. 10:3) “…for because ye did it not at the first, the Lord our God made a breech upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order” (1 Chron. 15:13). God’s word is supreme, it is bigger and larger than any man no matter one’s spiritual assumption. God must be worshipped in humility and we must tremble at His Word. Nehemiah can give us a dose of his experience with the children of Israel when they went into unequal relationship and whoredom with all the uncircumcised nations around them. The priest and levities were the worst example and chief culprits. But when the chips were down, their strange wives and children were cast away from the land. That is how severe the commandment of God can be.
THE AARONIC MINISTRY IS DEFINED
“And thou shalt bring his sons (his daughters not inclusive) and clothe them with coats. And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office. For their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations. Thus did Moses according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he”. (Exodus 40:14 – 16).
Throughout the Aaronic priesthood, not a mention was made at any point in time that the wives of the priests (Pastors) and their daughters later began to mediate between man and God. That was even when they were all under the Pillar of Cloud and Pillar of Fire, they did not flex muscles that they too has been filled with the Holy Ghost, tongue speaking and prophesying so they can enter into the Holy of Holies. We must note that although the Anus is also filled with the Holy Spirit, but by function, she remains in her position at the background, discharging her basic calling and commission as a keeper of the home. Remember, Sarah was in doing home service while Abraham was out there with God and the two Angels. She is equally honored as the eye or mouth on the head for her great services without being ordained to do the mouth job as Pastor (Mrs.) Anus. Is it strange that all through the Old Testament, God never mentioned the name of the wives of any of the priests; Aaron, Eleazar, Phinehas, Eli, Ezra, Zadok, Abiather etc. except Elizabeth the wife of Zechariah, mother of John the Baptist on account of the conception of John, not on account of her services in the Holy of Holies, suffice it to say that God was satisfied with Zechariah’s role as a priest.
Elizabeth didn’t need to be in the Holy of Holies when Angel Gabriel appeared to her. Thank God she was in her rightful place in humility and God did not forget her. It is my earnest prayer that all the Pastor (Mrs.) this and Pastor (Mrs.) that will stripe themselves of their priestly titles before it is too late and fulfill their ultimate primary callings as daughters of Sarah in doing the will of God as godly wives and mothers in their homes. Pastors and other respected ministers of God should ensure this. The Bible remains our valid standard, not America.