the Friday pickle - do modern worship leaders admire the Levites just a little too much?

Posted by Craig Borlase on 6 September 2013

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?

 

More like this

The Friday Pickle - do we love the dream of community rather than community itself?

We Christians talk a lot about community - with good reason. At our best we can be supportive, kind and wholly welcoming to outsiders. But we can also be introspective, short sighted and proud. Too often, a church can display both of those extremes to different people at the same time.

the Friday Pickle: How do you define success when it comes to leading worship?

Andre Agassi - that utterly awesome tennis player who utterly hated tennis - was once asked what it was like to become a father. Considering the troubled relationship he’s experienced with his own dad, what did he think was most...

the Friday pickle: do you need more silence?

Silence can be awkward, can’t it? But not all silence is equal. The times when the mic fails or you forget what song you’re supposed to be singing next can be a million miles away from those moments when the Spirit seems to press the mute button and the silence falls upon you all.

Free Songs

with chords, lyrics and MP3