Prophet, Priest, and King, by Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
September 22, 2013 · Prophet, Priest, and King · Deut. 17:14-18:22
17:14-17. King Solomon violated these prohibitions against amassing horses (v.16a; 1Kgs 4:26; 10:26-29), returning to Egypt (v.16b; 1Kgs 3:1; 5:13-18; 9:16,24), amassing wives (v.17a; 1Kgs 11:1-8), and amassing wealth (v.17b; 1Kgs 10:14-22). As a result, Solomon abandoned the LORD (1Kgs 11:6,9-10). How do these same things tempt us to unfaithfulness today?
17:15,18-20. The King’s power was not absolute - how was his power checked? How might this be a reminder to Christian leaders today? The warning against the King exalting himself over his brothers is restated to all Christian leaders (Luke 22:24- 27; Phil. 2:3-4; 1Pet. 5:1-4; cf.: Rom. 12:6-8; 1Tim. 5:17; Heb. 13:17). What do you think it looks like to lead with humility (maybe start by describing what it looks like to lead without humility)?
18:1-8. While not called to a life of poverty or deprivation, being landless the Priests and Levities neither could become economically powerful nor a land-owning elite. How might such balance be a good reminder to us today?
18:9-14. Give some examples of these practices today. What other ways do people today wrongly seek knowledge and control?
18:15-22. The New Testament church recognized prophets in their midst (Matthew 10:41; Acts 11:27-30; 20:10-14; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:3-5,29-32). When someone today claims to be proclaiming God’s message, how should Christians verify his or her words (cf. Deut. 13:1-3; 18:21-22; Matt. 7:15-23; Acts 17:11; Gal. 1:8-9; 1Thes. 5:19-22; 1Jn. 4:1-3)?
While in Israel these offices were held by three different people, John Calvin brought to prominence the “threefold office” of Jesus Christ as our Prophet (Deut. 18:15; Acts 3:22-26); our Priest (Deut. 18:5; Heb. 5:1-10; 8:1; 10:12-25); and our King (Dt. 17:15,19-20; Eph. 1:20-23; Col. 3:1; 1Ti. 6:15). Following Christ, today we are called prophets – declaring the Word of the Lord (Num. 11:29; Acts 2:16-21; 1Jn. 2:20,27; Col. 3:16; 4:5-6; Rom. 15:14; Heb. 3:13; 1Pet. 3:15); priests – having direct access to God, offering sacrifices of worship and praise, compassionately interceding for others (1Pet. 2:9; Heb. 13:15-16; 1Co. 14:26; Jn, 4:21-24; Rev. 1:6); and kings – promoting justice and righteousness in the world, in the church, and in ourselves (Eph. 2:6; Rev. 1:5-6; Mt. 5:13-16; 1Co. 5:12; Ja. 5:16,19-20; Eph. 6:11-18; 1Jn. 4:4).
What do you think it looks like when the Church is performing well each office (prophetic, priestly, kingly)? Which of these roles do you think the Church is best at fulfilling? Where could it improve?
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