Handicapped Pastors

I’m legally blind. I got messed up eyes. I’m also a pastor after the order of 1 Timothy and Titus.

Pastors are not priests, but they are similar in their face before a congregation. In Leviticus Aaron and his sons are told that handicapped guys cannot be priests.

Nowhere in the New Testament is any man forbidden from spiritual service due to a handicap. What gives? What changed?

I imagine the flip answer is that the cross changed everything. But I think the answer lies deeper.

The Leviticus passage refers to priests who will “come nigh” or “approach” the presence of God to offer sacrifice. There was a physical presence of God that required a physically “perfect” priest to draw near.

One of the results of the cross is the ability to worship in Spirit and in truth. It’s a big deal in the New Covenant in Christ’s blood. Since we worship in Spirit and there is no physical place where the physical presence of God is, physical perfection is no longer a necessity.

Then again, I could be completely off. It’s just a thought.

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  1. The Old Covenant had an earthly priesthood who were examples and shadows of the real priesthood in heaven. Spiritual lessons were conveyed by physical pictures. Having the priest without blemish symbolized that the servant of God should be pure and clean in heart and intent.

    In the Old Testament, to touch a leper would bring uncleanness. Jesus touched the lepers and made them clean instead. Grace is greater than sin. If a man was not qualified to serve God under the law, then under the gospel God will make him qualified.

    David could eat the shewbread and not be guilty, although according to the law it was for the priests only. Why? Because he was devoted to the service of God (and so, in a sense, was a true priest), and because God’s laws were never meant to exclude mercy.

    He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD. Mal. 3:3

    This verse shows that it is the work of Jesus to make his priests without blemish.

    But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 2Pet. 3:13,14

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