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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.

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Bible Term: High Priest

A priest is someone who acts as God’s representative to his people, Israel. One priest was selected to be the high priest, a position that they would hold for life. The first high priest was Moses’ brother, Aaron.

When Jesus came, he effectively changed the function and role of the priests. It’s through him we that we no longer need a priest to serve as our liaison to God. We can now approach God directly.

Therefore, Jesus became our high priest (Hebrews 6:20); refer to Melchizedek.