TO BE CALLED "FATHER"
The first priest to be called "Father" is found right in the Bible:
Judges 17:1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name
2 And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels
of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of
also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said,
Blessed be thou of the LORD, my son.
3 And when he had restored the
eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly
dedicated the silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image
and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.
he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels
of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a
molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.
5 And the man Micah
had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of
his sons, who became his priest.
Now, here is a Hebrew who had gone natural-- pagan that is. He had broken
the first commandment and made a sacred image to worship Jehovah. This is
exactly what the Roman Catholic Church tells us about their idols. Their
people have more regard for them than for the Bible itself. Don't give me
any slack on this. I have listened to lonely priests groan about the idol
worship in their assemblies.
Now, did this idol worshipping flake
stop at this? No lately-- here comes Father:
In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right
in his own eyes.
7 And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of
the family of Judah, who was a Levite, (priest) and he sojourned there.
8 And the man departed out of the city from Bethlehemjudah to sojourn
where he could find a place: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah,
as he journeyed.
9 And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And
he said unto him, I am a Levite of Bethlehemjudah, and I go to sojourn where I
may find a place.
10 And Micah said unto him,
with me, and be unto me a father and a priest,
I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and
thy victuals. So the Levite went in.
11 And the Levite was content to
dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.
And Micah consecrated the Levite (holy orders)
; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house
13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good,
seeing I have a Levite to my priest.
So, you can see that the
first priest who was also a "Father" was a Levite who took the job for the highest
bid. Now, did Jesus have anything to say about this? Would you find
one Roman Catholic in a million who would obey the next verse I shall quote? I
doubt it, but her goes:
Matthew 23:9 And call no
man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Do you suppose the Pope can understand that verse. I guess not, it
must just be too profound for his twisted brain. After all, a man who also
believes that he is "Alter Christos" or "another Christ" can hardly be blamed
if he also thinks he is your "Father".
Let's look at the rest of the
career of the Levite called "Father." He really worked his way up the ladder
Judges 18:1 In those days there was
no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance
to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them
among the tribes of Israel.
2 And the children of Dan sent of their family
five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy
out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land:
who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.
3 When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man
the Levite: and they turned in thither, and said unto him, Who brought thee hither?
and what makest thou in this place? and what hast thou here?
4 And he said
unto them, Thus and thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath hired me, and I am his
5 And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God, that
we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous.
6 And the priest
said unto them, Go in peace: before the LORD is your way wherein ye go.
7 Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and
saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt careless, after the manner of
the Zidonians, quiet and secure; and there was no magistrate in the land, that
might put them to shame in any thing; and they were far from the Zidonians, and
had no business with any man.
8 And they came unto their brethren to Zorah
and Eshtaol: and their brethren said unto them, What say ye?
9 And they said,
Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, behold,
it is very good: and are ye still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess
10 When ye go, ye shall come unto a people secure, and to a large
land: for God hath given it into your hands; a place where there is no want of
any thing that is in the earth.
11 And there went from thence of the family
of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with
weapons of war.
12 And they went up, and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah:
wherefore they called that place Mahanehdan unto this day: behold, it is behind
13 And they passed thence unto mount Ephraim, and came unto
the house of Micah.
14 Then answered the
five men that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said unto their brethren,
Do ye know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven
image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what ye have to do.
they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even
unto the house of Micah, and saluted him.
16 And the six hundred men
appointed with their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan, stood
by the entering of the gate.
17 And the five men that went to spy out
the land went up, and came in thither, and took the graven image, and the ephod,
and the teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest stood in the entering of
the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed with weapons of war.
And these went into Micah's house, and fetched the carved image, the ephod, and
the teraphim, and the molten image. Then said the priest unto them, What do ye?
19 And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth,
and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be
a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and
a family in Israel?
20 And the priest's
heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image,
and went in the midst of the people.
21 So they turned and departed,
and put the little ones and the cattle and the carriage before them.
And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the
houses near to Micah's house were gathered together, and overtook the children
23 And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned
their faces, and said unto Micah, What aileth thee, that thou comest with such
24 And he said, Ye have taken away my gods which I made,
and the priest, and ye are gone away: and what have I more? and what is this that
ye say unto me, What aileth thee?
25 And the children of Dan said unto
him, Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows run upon thee, and
thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household.
And the children of Dan went their way: and when Micah saw that they were too
strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house.
27 And they
took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and came unto
Laish, unto a people that were at quiet and secure: and they smote them with the
edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.
28 And there was no
deliverer, because it was far from Zidon, and they had no business with any man;
and it was in the valley that lieth by Bethrehob. And they built a city, and dwelt
29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name
of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was
Laish at the first.
30 And the children of Dan set up the graven image:
and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests
to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.
they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made, all the time that the house
of God was in Shiloh.
So, now you know that the first "Father"
and "Priest" combination was very long ago. Also, you know that the greed
for wealth, job security, and power over people was always there, just as it is
in the Priesthood of the modern Roman Catholic Church. As Solomon said,
"There is nothing new under the sun." Same old rodeo, same old hoochie kooch
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