[lucerna] Anointing of Jehu and what makes a true Priest

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Tue Jun 13 19:24:47 HST 2006


In a message dated 6/13/2006 8:40:38 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
brothergregory@hotmail.com writes:
Can you describe in detail just how the ritual of ordination should 
>take place?
My favorite ordination is documented in 2 Kings, " And Elisha the prophet 
hath called to one of the sons of the prophets, and saith to him, `Gird up 
thy loins, and take this vial of oil in thy hand ... and see thou there Jehu 
...and said, Thus said Jehovah, I have anointed thee for king unto Israel....
Greg, you have just described the ordination of a king, not the ordination of 
a Priest as Moses was commanded to do. It appeared that earlier you were 
criticizing New Church ordinations because they were not performed according to 
the law of Moses. 

On 6/9/06 you said: "My studies further prove without question that the 
priesthood must be 
'ordained' and 'sanctified' according to the law of Moses." 

The ordination and sanctification of Priests according to the law of Moses is 
described in Leviticus chapter 8. Jehu, an Israelitish chief was not anointed 
according to the law of Moses.

Further, you have placed great emphasis upon being anointed with a holy oil 
made according to the formulation given in Exodus 30:23-25, which contains 5 
ingredients -- myrrh, cinnamon, cane (KNH), cassia, and olive oil. This oil was 
to be used for anointing the holy articles used in worship (see Exodus 
30:26-29) as well as Aaron and his sons (Exodus 30:30). That it was used as the Lord 
commanded Moses is clear from what is said in Leviticus chapter 8 (see also 
Exodus 40:9-16).

Jehu could not have been anointed with such holy oil because it was forbidden 
that this oil be poured upon any "layman" or "stranger". (Exodus 30:33) 

But again, if it is insisted that Priests be ordained according to the law of 
Moses (as Moses was commanded to do) then the prescribed clothing and 
sacrifices must also be carried out. (Consider the fate of Nadab and Abihu, who 
offered strange fire which the Lord had not commanded them.  {Lev. 10:1,2}) 

According to the law of Moses, Priests were to come from the tribe of Levi 
(Deuteronomy 18:1; Numbers chapters 3 and 4). 

That the Lord was anointed with oil is described in Matthew 26:6-13; and Mark 
14:3-9. It is said that the oil was very expensive spikenard or pure nard, 
that the anointing was for Jesus burial, and that the anointing was done by a 
woman.  Jesus was a descendent of David of the tribe of Judah and not a Levite.  
There is no record that the Lord was anointed according to the law given to 
Moses. 

Yet the Lord is called a Priest and also a King.

That the Lord is called a Priest is not because he was anointed with the holy 
oil or because he was of the tribe of Levi -- it is because He is the Divine 
Good united to the Divine True in His Human and that Divine Good is 
represented by a Priest and the Priesthood. 

While it is said in several places that a Priest is to be inaugurated into 
the Office by the laying on of hands, and that the Priesthood represents Divine 
Good, what makes a person a true Priest comes from the love for the salvation 
of souls and from honestly, justly, and faithfully carrying out the uses of 
the priestly office. A Priest is a true Priest from the love of and faithfulness 
to the Uses of the Priesthood, and not solely from the ritual by which the 
person is inaugurated into the Priesthood. The Lord set the example in this.

Hugh
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