As we learned from our ealier study of Nehemiah, it is no good to have beautiful buildings if the people inhabiting the buildings are corrupt. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. And this holiness of the people must extend to every member of the community – including both church officers and congregants. Today our goal is to understand the connection between the ministers of the Old Covenant, priests and Levites, and the ministers of the New Covenant, elders and deacons – so that all members of the Church of God might be holy and blameless.