Hi there, I am definitely not ‘knocking’ the division between clergy and laity, but in protestantism the phrase ‘The priesthood of all believers’ can be used by some low Church protestants to mean every Christian can baptize or take the Eucharist.
In the OT we see in the golden calf that the first-born sons of each tribe of Israel repudiate their God-given priesthood by their idolatry, and, due to their sin, the priesthood is given to the faithful Levites.
My question is this: Why has the NT Church carried on this tradition despite the fact it was instituted because of sin. Wouldn’t the greater glory of the New Covenant expect to see this special priesthood returned to all ‘first-borns of each tribe of new Israel’ so-to-speak, since things are ‘made new’, e.g. New creation.
I’m confused…and certainly not against clergy, but would like a reason why this punishment of OT idolatry has continued into the New Covenant and not been ‘redeemed’ (for use of a more sensitive word). Please understand my heart in this. Just my understanding is missing.