In this video, Father Steve Macias introduces the second chapter of Bishop Ray Sutton’s unpublished book “Captains and Courts.”

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Beginning with a section of scripture from Exodus 18, Bishop Sutton builds the foundation for Episcopal (Bishop) Church government in the Royal Priesthood described by Jethro of Captains and Courts. The priestly and kingly aspects of the Melchizedekkal order are mirrored in the New Testament Church which is called a royal priesthood (I Peter 2:9), the royal having to do with a kingly emphasis and the priesthood concerning a priestly aspect of the Church.

St. Peter assumes the same Melchizedekkal configuration of the Church, meaning Christians are made priests and kings through the work of Christ. This is the foundation for the doctrine of the “priesthood of all believers.”

Important verses to consider for this chapter:

Genesis 14:18: “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.”

Deuteronomy 1:13: “Choose wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men from among your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.’”

Hebrews 7:21 : “for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him “The Lord has sworn And will not relent, ‘You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek’ ”

1 Peter 2:9: ” But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”

Moses’ father-in-law (Jethro) said to him (Moses), “The thing that you do is not good. Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers [captains in the King James Version] of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you. If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace” (Exodus 18:18-23; see also, Deuteronomy 1:9-18).

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Steve Macias
Father Steve Macias is an Anglican priest in California's Silicon Valley. He is the Headmaster of Canterbury Christian School, Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, and Archdeacon of the West Coast for the Anglican Churches of America. He is married to Sarah and the father to Athanasius, Anselm, Assumpta, Basil and Zoe. His professional work consulting with political campaigns, leading nonprofit organizations, and in the California State Capitol has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, National Review Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chalcedon Foundation, and numerous online and print publications. You can reach him on twitter @stevemacias.