OFFICE OF THE PRIESTHOOD
Tuesday – December 12, 2017
Our picture today depicting a priest of old is from Rose Publishing. I will not be going into the priestly garments, that is a wonderful study for another time. Remember when John saw the risen Savior in Heaven much of what we see on the High Priest was seen there.
Revelation 1:13-16 (KJV)
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
Now let’s get back to our primary text from the wonderful Book of Hebrews.
Hebrews 7:5-7 (KJV)
5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
As we meditate on the preceding text let us again recall the name of this Book is Hebrews and the initial primary audience is the Hebrews (Jews) who practiced Judaism. Moses was of the tribe of Levi and therefore so was his brother Aaron the first High Priest. The Levi’s were appointed of Moses (God’s command) as the priests of Israel. Remember, that the twelve sons of Jacob (renamed Israel) are the twelve tribes of Israel.
Numbers 1:48-51 (KJV)
48 For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying,
49 Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:
50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.
51 And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
In Christ Jesus all of the House of God are appointed (Anointed) as priests to represent others (intercessors) before God. Today there are those chosen of God to function in what is called the Five-Fold Ministry and they are essentially the high priests on the earth under the New Testament. As we look at Hebrews 7:6 we see the ongoing comparison of Melchisedec to Jesus. Melchisedec was not of the tribe of Levi for the tribe of Levi was still in the loins of Abraham.
Hebrews 7:8-10 (KJV)
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
The Author is saying here that Levi paid tithes through Abraham. This makes little sense to us but consider that time is very malleable in the Hand of God. Just as God is faithful to our children due to Covenant for a thousand generations so did He account the righteousness of Abraham to the Levite. It is not that the Levites did not tithe they certainly did tithe, their tithe was to the High Priest.
Numbers 18:26-28 (KJV)
26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.
27 And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress.
28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the LORD’S heave offering to Aaron the priest.
Likewise, Jesus is not of the tribe of Levi but His natural lineage is traced from Judah. Now, let me be clear, Joseph and the Virgin Mary are neither the physical or spiritual father and mother of Jesus. They were both of the line of Judah and Jesus was born as a Jew (the only Covenant peoples) into that family as prophesied. Listen to the blessing (prophetic Word) spoken by Jacob (Israel) over his son Judah just prior Jacob yielding up his ghost.
Genesis 49:9-12 (KJV)
9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:
12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
This is Jesus all day long brother and sister.
Until our next publication, I speak blessing into your life right now, receive it in the name of Jesus, confess it, and walk it out with thanksgiving.
Numbers 6:24-26 (GW)
24 The LORD will bless you and watch over you.
25 The LORD will smile on you and be kind to you.
26 The LORD will look on you with favor and give you peace.’
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