© 1 September 2017 Revive Israel Ministries
High Priest of Our Faith
By Asher Intrater
Do you know what the word for "ministry" is in Hebrew? There isn't one. One way to say it is simply "serve." No one "has a ministry." You just serve.
The other way is the same word for "priest" – Kohen – כוהן . When someone serves as a minister in the government, he is said to "kahen." Cohen is not Aaron's last name, but his position to minister before the Lord. Anyone who ministers is a type of "cohen" but not necessarily part of the priestly family of Cohen.
Hebrews 3:1 – Look to the Apostle and High Priest of our profession of faith, Yeshua.
When we talk about priesthood, ministry or apostles, let's remember that we all are just servants of THE high priest and THE apostle: Yeshua the Messiah. He is the center, the leader, the anointed one and the lifted up one. There must be no pride, ego or human glory when we speak of serving the Lord.
John 6:14 – This is truly the Prophet who was to come into the world.
Yeshua is not only THE apostle, He is THE prophet.
Luke 4:18 – The Spirit of YHVH is upon me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the meek.
Yeshua is also THE evangelist.
John 10:11 – I am the Good Shepherd.
He is THE Pastor.
John 3:2 – We know you are a Teacher who has come from God.
He is THE Teacher.
Now for us Messianic Jews, Yeshua is also THE Rabbi:
Matthew 23:8 – For one is your Rabbi, and you are all brothers.
It is acceptable to give titles to people to help clarify their roles and functions. There are priests and rabbis; there are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Yet we are all reflections of THE great Rabbi, Priest and Apostle.
All ministry gifts come from God through Yeshua. There should always be a measure of humility and simplicity when we speak of areas of service. Perhaps you had a prophecy. Fine! But remember, anyone can prophesy (I Corinthians 14:31), including little boys and girls (Acts 2:17).
We are all "brothers and sisters." We are family. Different people serve in different ways. Different members of the family have different gifts. Some have leadership positions. But we are all equally beloved children before our heavenly Father. Our personal relationships are more important than our "ministries."
In Western Poland, The city of Oswiecim (more commonly known as Auschwitz) was actually a city with a very Jewish personality. Just before the start of World War II, the city functioned as a Jewish town where half of its inhabitants were Jews and even held the majority of votes in the city council. You could even see the Jewishness of the city in its name of Oswiecim, or Ushpizin, which in Talmudic Hebrew means “guest” or more specifically, “an honored guest who is invited into your home.”
For the Jew, this name has an immediate connection with the holiday of Sukkot. Each day during this holiday, according to Kabbalah, the souls of the nation’s patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moshe, Aaron, and David) come and visit the Sukkot (special holiday tents or booths) of the children of Israel.
The notorious city that became the symbol of the Holocaust was not only once a Jewish city, but whose name, Ushpizin, was rooted in the celebration of Sukkot and represented the fathers of Judaism. A city whose very name boasted hospitality became the worst death camp in Europe. However today, millions of Jews and non-Jews alike make pilgrimages to the town of Ushpizin to commemorate what happened and to look forward to a better future.
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