There has never been a time in the history of the earth when priesthood ordination has not been restricted to specific individuals, groups, or tribes. It has never been given to all of God’s children. Name five of those occasions:
1. In ancient Israel, firstborn males were hallowed to the Lord at the time of the Exodus (see Numbers 3:13).
2. Later, those of the tribe of Levi were substituted for these firstborn males, to have charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle and to do the service of the tabernacle. Aaron and his sons were designated the priests that officiated in the tabernacle (see Numbers 3).
3. Non-Levites could not be priests or even hold the Levitical Priesthood.
4. After the Babylonian captivity, the children of priests whose genealogies were lost were denied priesthood ordination (see Ezra 2). It is reasonable to suppose that they were just as worthy as those who could prove their genealogy, yet they were prevented from officiating as priests.
5. For a time in this dispensation, black men of African ancestry were not permitted to be ordained to the priesthood.