I believe in the New Testament priesthood of the believers.
I also believe in New Testament leaders who watch for the souls of the flock.
Do those two Gospel realities have anything to do with the last section of Exodus 28:12 as shown below?
My state of heart this morning cries out for an Aaron. And that even though I believe in the continuing, unchanging priesthood of the Lord Jesus.
Thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord. —Exo. 28:12.
Jesus . . . because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. —Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory.
Seeing . . . that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace.
The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him: and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.
Heb. 7:24,25. -Jude 24. Heb. 4:14-16. Deut. 33:12
Should anyone be shouldering responsibility for me?
Or is that the wrong question?
I don’t think so. But it isn’t the only question I should be asking! There are others, one of which is this:
Whose names should I be bearing before for the Lord?