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Bible Term: Priest

A priest is someone set apart to act as God’s representative and to be a liaison between God and his people. The priesthood was established by Moses; the priests served the nation of Israel.

Some versions of the Bible use the phrase chief priests. This is likely a descriptive label and not a title; they can best be thought of as leading priests.

One priest was selected to be the high priest, a position they would hold for life The first high priest was Moses’ brother, Aaron.

Jesus effectively changed the role of the priests. It’s through him that we no longer need a liaison to God, as we can approach God directly. As such, Jesus became our high priest, forever (Hebrews 6:20).

Also see Melchizedek.

Key verse about Priest: “‘you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites” (Exodus 18:1, NIV)

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