Priesthood of Believers by Stephen Whitney

Priesthood of Believers
Stephen Whitney
I Peter 2:4-5

A priest is a person who has authority or power to perform and administer religious rites for the benefit of other people. Usually that includes offering sacrifices to a deity for them and leading them in religious rites so they can worship their god.

Priests have been known in societies since the earliest of times.
They usually wore the customary clothing of the culture they lived in with some symbol of the deity worn on their head or held by the
person as they performed their religious rites.

Egyptian Priests
The role of the priest was very important in Egyptian society. The Egyptians believed the gods lived in temples. Only the priest was allowed to enter the sacred area of the temple and approach the statue representing the god or goddess. The people could pray at the gate or in the courtyard , but the priest acted as a go-between
the people and the gods.

The priest's role was to care for the needs of the gods. It was described this way: "In the morning, the high priest breaks the seal, lights a torch to walk the god, says prayers, lights incense, washes the statue (which may be solid gold), places fresh clothing and jewels on it and places offerings of food and drink near it. Singers offer hymns of praise to the god. At the end of the day, the priest
backs out of the shrine, sweeping away his footprints as he goes,
and seals the sacred area again."

The Egyptians believed the priest played a vital role in providing for the needs of the gods. If their duties were neglected, it was
believed problems would arise. Due to the importance of their role for the society, the priests were well compensated.

For much of Egyptian history, there was no class of full-time professional priests. Many of the priests were part-time and held another job often in the local government. They would serve on a rotation system. Normally, there were four groups of lay priests and each group ...


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