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The Cross and its Shadow, Page 80

are many particulars given in regard to the Levitical order; and as all the Levitical priests served “unto the example and shadow of heavenly things,” when we study the Levitical priesthood we are really studying the priestly work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Levitical priesthood was divided into twenty-four courses. 31 Chronicles 24:1-19 Each course had its chief or governor of the sanctuary. 42 Chronicles 8:14 This continued down to the time of Christ. 6Ephesians 4:8 margin. When the Saviour ascended to heaven, He led a multitude of captives; and when John in vision was shown the first apartment of the heavenly sanctuary, with its seven lamps of fire burning before the throne of God, he saw four and twenty elders seated upon four and twenty seats, and they worshiped the Lamb, saying, “Thou ... hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests.” In this we see the antitype of the twenty-four courses of priests. The chiefs, or elders, of each course have seats of honor, and they are kings and priests after the order of Melchizedek. The remainder of the multitude Christ took into heaven are not mentioned, but it is reasonable to suppose that they constitute the courses of which the four and twenty elders are the chiefs.

Only the descendants of Aaron were allowed to serve as priests. 8Numbers 3:10 In the type the priest who could not prove his genealogy direct from Aaron, the first high priest, was cast out of the priesthood; 9Ezra 2:26 so in the antitype, the Christian who cannot prove his direct connection with Christ, the heavenly High Priest, will never become one of the “royal priesthood.” 101 Peter 2:9; Revelation 20:15

God has provided for the support of all the different orders of the priesthood by the same method. “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.” 11Psalm 24:1 The silver and the gold and the

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