Posted by Craig Borlase on 10 June 2014

In these days of the modern worship movement, we often talk about the Levites. Set apart and salaried, they’re often exhibit A when it comes to making a case for the professional worship leader.

Numbers 3:11; 8:5-26 says that the Levites were 'chosen by God... taken out from among the people... cleansed... presented before God... consecrated... separated... wholly God’s... given to Aaron and his sons.'

They remind us that worship is important - important enough to pay some people to concentrate on worship alone. What’s not to like?

Yet while they are undeniably Biblical, are they actually Christian? Jesus never mentions them, Paul only bring them up in Hebrews 7 where he implies they’re not so great after all and suggests that Jesus (sometimes referred to as belonging to the order of Melchizedek - see Psalm 110:4) has changed everything:

'If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?' 

[Hebrews 7:11]

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus, along with the baptism of the Holy Spirit has changed everything for those that follow God. We are all invited, we are all commissioned, we are all drawn in and sent out. 

Are the Levites really such a great blueprint to follow? What does a more integrated, outward-focused approach worship leading look like?

 

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