Bible Devotions

Apostle and High Priest

on July 25, 2011

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, 2 who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. Hebrews 3:1-2 NKJV 

The word “Apostle” means sent one or messenger.  In the Old Testament, we had Moses, who was the messenger of God.  Moses was the sent one, who spoke to God and received God’s instructions for the people.  Remember, the people wanted Moses to speak to God because they were afraid they would die if God talked to them (Exodus 20:19).  So Moses was a liaison between God and the people, with God’s Word coming down to the people.  

Back in Moses days, his brother Aaron was the High Priest (1 Chronicles 6:49).  It was the High Priests job to offer sacrifices to the Lord on behalf of the people.  In sense, the High Priest was the liaison between the people and God, as people attempted through sacrifice to reach up towards God. 

Both Moses and Aaron were foreshadows of things to come.  In the New Testament, we have Jesus Christ, who was faithful in both Apostle and High Priest positions appointed to Him.  Let’s look at what Zechariah 6:13 says about Jesus:  “Yes, he will build the
Temple of the Lord. Then he will receive royal honor and will rule as king from his throne. He will also serve as priest from his throne, and there will be perfect harmony between his two roles.’”  Jesus fulfills both roles as Apostle (or messenger of God) and High Priest making atonement for the people.

This section of scripture is a wonderful reminder of how every Word of God given points to Jesus Christ.   


Lord, thank You for making Your accessible to us.  May we be good stewards of Your Word, sharing it where ever we may go.  Thank You for Your Spirit in us, leading us into all truth.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

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One response to “Apostle and High Priest

  1. morningmeditations says:

    I remember being told as a teenager that:
    – the Apostle goes and speaks to the people on behalf of God.
    – the High Priest goes and speaks to God on behalf of the people.

    The Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to live as an Apostle. He spoke to the people on God’s behalf – demonstrating by His life what God was like.

    The Lord Jesus Christ has now gone to heaven to live as an High Priest. He speaks to God the Father on behalf of us, the people – interceding for us before God.

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