Duties of the Priesthood

Duties of the Priesthood

The Scriptures tell that the original healers/physicians of the Bible were the priests, who often anointed the sick and prayed for them.  The role of the priesthood where they diagnosed, prescribed, and administered oils is described in Leviticus 13 and 14.

Their duties included: leading worship, receiving tithes, making sacrifices, and offering up prayers on behalf of the saints as spiritual counselors and hearers of confession.  The Levites were to keep the fire burning day and night, taking care of the Temple of God.  They mixed various oils for incense, healing, and anointing, and offered medicinal diagnosis and treatment. Their life was to exemplify righteousness.

The duties described for the priests in Leviticus and 1 Chronicles 9:26-30 actually describe the same responsibilities given to the Bride of Messiah, who is a priest as well.

1 Peter 2:9 says, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation. And in Revelation 1:6 says, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.  Amen.

As priests, followers of Yeshua must keep the fire in their hearts burning passionately for Him and are instructed to pray for and anoint the sick, just as the Cohanim did.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 3:16 it says, Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? The body of a believer is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, and the believer is to keep his Temple the body attractive and in good repair. As a holy instrument, believers can anoint themselves to be sanctified vessels for God’s use.