LEVITICUS 8, PSALM 9, PROVERBS 23, 1 THESSALONIANS 2

Leviticus 8:9
 "And he set the turban on his head, and on the turban, in front, he set the golden plate, the holy crown, as the LORD commanded Moses." 

On two other occasions, the description of Aaron's priestly garments includes a crown (Exodus 29:6, 39:30).  In Exodus 39, the crown is made of pure gold and has the inscription "Holy to the LORD."  Typically, we do not think of a priest wearing a crown.  A crown is usually reserved for the king.  The Hebrew word for crown is also translated as consecrated, which means set apart.  So a crown signifies one set apart for a unique role.

We know from Hebrews 5:7-10, Jesus was a priest from the order of Melchizedek.  In Genesis 14:18 we are told Melchizedek was both the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High.  There are many passages in the OT, like Psalm 2, which describe the Messiah as King.  So Jesus, like Melchizedek, is both Priest and King.

In Zechariah, we are given an additional intriguing description of this One who is both Priest and King.  In Zechariah 6:11-13 the LORD instructs for a crown to be made of silver and gold and set on the head of Joshua who is the high priest. Then in verse twelve, the LORD of hosts speaking through Zechariah tells Joshua, “Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD.  It is he who shall build the temple of the LORD and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne. And there shall be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”  In Zechariah 3:8, the Lord of hosts declares the Branch to be His servant.

Priest and King Jesus, just as David said in Psalm 9, You sit enthroned forever judging the world with righteousness.  Therefore, I join him in giving thanks to You with my whole heart, recounting all Your wonderful deeds.  I am glad and exult in You.  I sing praises to Your name, O Most High.

1 Thessalonians 2:7-12
Paul describes his love for these people from both a maternal and paternal perspective.  His care is such that he is as gentle as a nursing mother and yet as blunt and demanding as a father.  Notice the words and descriptions he uses in verse eight: affectionately desirous, very dear, and ready to share myself.  Isn't that a great picture of a loving mother?  Then in verses 11-12, like a father, he exhorts, encourages and charges the same people.

I fear I go from one extreme to the other in my care for people; either I am too gentle or too demanding.

Holy Spirit, I desire to exhibit the love of Jesus to all those You bring into my life.  Please teach me how to be that kind of man, friend, and brother.

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