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by Gregory HHC, d
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Public Minister, Servants of a State
Liturgy is defined as “a
prescribed form or set of forms for public religious worship.” It is from the Greek word leitourgeo and leitourgos, meaning “to serve the state” and
“public servant” respectively.
Liturgy was about the public servants of the Kingdom of
God in service to the people who had no access to the benefits of
Judea or the Roman Empire who depended on forced contributions of a
subject citizenry. Church, as a government, has ministers performing
public service by faith, hope, and charity.
The Greek word leitourgos is from two words laos meaning people and ergon meaning work or business. It is specifically defined as “a public
minister, a servant of the state”. It appears for the first
time in Romans 13:6 to refer to the ministers of the State. Paul
continues to use it in Romans 15:16 to reference himself as God’s
The ministers of the temple provided government services such as
welfare and other public works. The same was true for many of the
temples of Rome at that time.
in the Libera Res Publica of the Roman republic welfare and the
military was the result of voluntary contributions. Over the
centuries a new republican order arose.
Looking to a government that exercised authority one over the other
for all benefits and gratuities brought the people back into
like other kings, was the overseer of the temple. Judea looked to Pompey to settle a dispute as to who would be king
and Rome became an overseer of the Temple in Jerusalem by default.
temple leitourgos became
ministers of the state. When Christ was recognized by people and by
Rome to be the King His appointed ministers were the titular leitourgos of the
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