Priestly office of Christ
What is the distinction between the prophetic office and the priestly office? What did the prophets do and what did the priests do?
AHA! Prophet was primarily a religious teacher. What that meant is that prophets were to interpret God’s will to people. This means prophets were God’s representative with men. Prophets spoke and taught in behalf of God regarding Israel’s moral and spiritual duties and also privileges. Priest is the other way around. Priests were people’s representative with God. Priests had a privilege of approaching God on behalf of Israel through all the ceremonies and sacrifices. Remember? They were the only ones who were allowed to enter into the deepest part of the sanctuary, which was the symbolic place of God’s dwelling. Didn’t God command priests to offer up a sacrifice on behalf of Israel so that their sins may be forgiven? Yes, priests were to approach God and ask God to forgive people, offering sacrifices and pleasing aroma. Priests also indeed taught but it was regarding all the complicated laws regarding rituals, sacrifices, and whatnot.
“For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.” (HEB 5:1)
Okay then what was the work of priest specially? The special work of priest was to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins to God on behalf of people. Not only that but also, they were to continuously make intercession for people and also bless them as in Aaron’s blessing.
Lord is the Priest whom the OT prefigured and predicted.
THE SACRIFICIAL WORK OF CHRIST
The piacular theory, which regards sacrifices as being originally expiatory or atoning. On this theory the fundamental idea in the slaying of the animal was that of vicarious atonement for the sins of the offerer