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Julie and the Baptismal Card
When our son Adam was baptized, a sister [in the Lord, by the name of] Julie, went looking for a card to celebrate the baptism. Julie worked in downtown San Antonio, a city which is predominantly Hispanic and Catholic. She knew there was a “religious” shop near her office, and she assumed that she would be able to find a suitable card there. So off she went at lunch.
A True King
The Sages state that a person who is above the natural whims of their body is a true king. The Hebrew word for “king”, melekh, is spelled מ-ל-ך, where מ stands for מוח (brain, or mind), ל stands for לב (heart), and כ stands for כבד (liver). God created the body with the brain anatomically above the heart, and the heart above the liver. The lesson is that our minds should be “above” our hearts (representing emotions and desires), and above our livers (representing honour and pride). A king is one whose mind is in control of their body. The opposite case, where one’s desires are above their mind, and the ego above all, would carry the opposite sequence of letters: כ-ל-ם, which spells klum, meaning “nothing”. And finally, a person who does not necessarily have much pride, but nonetheless succumbs to the petty emotions and desires of their body, has the sequence ל-מ-ך, which spells lemekh, meaning “servant”. They are likened to one who is enslaved by their body.
Why Did the Levites Become Priests?
This week we start reading the third book of the Torah, Vayikra. The book is more commonly known as Leviticus—after the tribe of Levi—since most of it is concerned with priestly, or Levitical, law. The big question is: at which point did the Levites (including the Kohanim, who are from the same tribe of Levi) become priests, and why?
Kingdom of Priests
Until recent years I had gone along with the usual interpretation of Revelation 5:10 that [the Christian faithful when raised from the dead] should be “kings and priests and rule on the earth.” Then I saw the margin rendition as “kingdom of priests” which prompted me to go to the Diaglott which reads, “…thou didst make them to our God a Royalty and a Priesthood, and they shall reign on the earth.” However, the actual translation seems to be “kings and priests,…” The “them” seems to refer to “every tribe, and kindred, and tongue, and people and nation” which would include the immortalized Gentiles (adopted Jews) as well as the chosen people who recognize and accept the Messiah. If this is correct, why are the apostles told they would sit on 12 thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel in Matthew 19:28. If they are but judges, who should be elevated above them as king, except Jeshua [Jesus] himself? Am I getting this interpreted correctly? If I am, why do brethren continue saying that we...shall be kings and priests in the kingdom?
The Saints are Servants, not Kings, in this Age
The promise made to the saints is that in the kingdom they will be kings (Revelation 5:10) and reign with Christ (Revelation 20:6). Now there is a great difference between a king and a servant. One rules and the other serves. One commands and the other obeys. Instead of being referred to as kings, the saints are referred to as servants (1 Corinthians 7:22; Ephesians 6:6; 2 Timothy 2:24; 1 Peter 2:16; Revelation 1:1). Paul refers to himself as a servant (Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:1). The following are also referred to as servants: Peter (2 Peter 1:1), Timothy (Philippians 1:1), Epaphras (Colossians 4:12), James (James 1:1), Jude (Jude 1:1) and John (Revelation 1:1).