THEY CLERGIED MY VESTURE-OUR NAME IS CLERIC FOR WE ARE MANY
They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture
And they crucified him, and parted his garments, CASTING LOTS: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they CAST LOTS.
They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but CAST LOTS for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did CAST LOTS. These things therefore the soldiers did.
βάλλω (Ballo) “cast”
1)to throw or let go of a thing without caring where it falls
to scatter, to throw, cast into
to give over to one’s care uncertain about the result
to pour, pour into of rivers
to pour out
2)to put into, insert
κλῆρος (Kleros) “lots”
1)an object used in casting or drawing lots, which was either a pebble,or a potsherd, or a bit of wood
A)the lots of several persons concerned, inscribed with their names, were thrown together into a vase, which was then shaken, and he whose lot fell out first upon the ground was the one chosen
2) what is obtained by lot, allotted portion
A)a portion of the ministry common to the apostles
B)used of the part which one will have in eternal salvation
1)of salvation itself
2)the eternal salvation which God has assigned to the saints
1)those whose care and oversight has been assigned to one [allotted charge], used of Christian churches, the administration of which falls to the lot of presbyters
The word “cleric” and “clergy” come directly from the word “kleros”. It is the idea of drawing straws, rolling the dice, what have you. The idea that Christ was crucified, and left behind an authority vacuum needing to be filled, and that that “vesture” of office and authority was to be divided up and shared by an elitist clergy cult, is the basis of the Clergy-laity error in most assemblies today. Jesus Christ came expediently, precisely as he told us, when on the full day of Pentecost, the Spirit of Christ, which IS his vesture, came. Yes, the Spirit of Truth, the Promise of the Father, came. And what was accomplished, what was imparted, is clearly defined in Ephesians 4:
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;One Lord, one faith, one baptism,One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ…”
A measure of this is in every one who is in Christ. One God and Father of all, who is above all, through all, and in you all. This plainly reveals that NO member of the body of Christ has access to the Father through any other member. That concept belongs to the domain of them who themselves do not enter in to the kingdom, and they prevent them that would, giving themselves to be the very embodiment of the authority of God. That position belongs to ALL who are in Christ…not just some.
The elitist kleros/clergy culture has many voices. Many heads. Many confusing things to say and impose upon others, while seldom, if ever, lifting a finger to move any one of these impositions itself.
The one Lord vs. the many is depicted clearly in the gospels, portrayed by two situations separated by a body of water. On one side, Jesus, with many individuals attending to his words. On the other side of the barrier, a place called the land of the Gadarenes. This name means “reward after”…the idea that everything we are called to and given to know are in the “afterlife”, not the here and now. And that we are shepherded and guided by an elite cult of learned individuals. Jesus once heard the tormented cry of a disciple of this place. He crossed the waters and encountered a man who lived in the tombs. He was tormented with a head full of many voices…many teachers…many doctrines. Though they fettered and chained him, they could not control or contain him. They had no answers to ease his torment, as the basis of their system was “everything will be clear in the bye and bye..all lies on the other side of the tomb”. Given this premise, it is no wonder the tormented soul lived among the tombs. According to the doctrine of the place, it is the closest place to all the answers he sought. Jesus asked, “What is your name?”. The answer is astonishing. “MY name is Legion, for WE are many”. And indeed, it would be quite maddening to attempt to cobble together a single voice out of the myriads of voices vying for his ear. Jesus drove the vile, confusion of voices from the man’s head, and the result is worthy of a painting. The man was found clothed, in his right mind,and learning in peace at the feet of the living Word of God.
It will probably ruffle some feathers, but be that as it may, It would be no stretch to say “My name is clergy for we are many”. (Just as the Lord spoke by Jeremiah):
“Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.”
Psalm 133 reveals that the warp and weave of the linen garment of priest craft, is eliminated by the anointing. For by the anointing, does every member hold expressly to the head. The Spirit of the Father was Jesus’ office,his garment, and still is. Christ, as Elijah before in the figure of Ephesians 4, did not divest Himself of the Spirit of the Father. He brings us into this with Himself. Elijah was not dead in resurrection. He did not give up anything. Neither is Jesus now dead, and neither has He ceased to be what He is. And what He is, he shares with each, without surrendering any of what He is.