|How is our priesthood related to the Breaking of Bread?|
How is our priesthood related to the Breaking of Bread?
Old Testament priests offered for themselves (Hebrews 9:27), but primarily their work was mediatory. They functioned on behalf of others. When New Testament priests offer up spiritual sacrifices (1 Peter 2:5), they express what they have personally enjoyed of Christ, but they are offering worship to God on behalf of other believers. The worship of both sisters and brothers in Christ ascends to God in each expression of praise, for all are holy priests. The males lead in praise, as taught in 1 Corinthians 14:34, while the sisters are silent. All join in saying "Amen" to the words of thanksgiving (v 16), because those words have expressed their thanksgiving.
Younger brothers in Christ help the gathering as they express their heartfelt appreciation of the Lord. Understanding their role as priests may increase the value of their contributions. Each is not merely adding his voice to the praise, but is expressing his appreciation as part of the assembly’s worship.
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