Why Jesus could not be a priest on Earth

Hebrews Bible Background

11.10.2015 New Testament: Heb 7.13–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Hebrews 7 on November 10, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

We might think that Jesus could have done anything on the Earth that He desired, since He is the Creator, but He did not exempt Himself from the laws He gave to the people. The Law Jesus gave to Moses said that priests had to come from the tribe of Levi, yet, when Jesus lived on the Earth, He did not come from Levi,

For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood (Hebrews 7.13–14). 

No man from the tribe of Judah served as a priest, and if one did, he broke the law, even as Uzziah, King of Judah, tried to do once, and suffered for it.

Granted, Moses did not say that priests could not come from Judah, but Moses did not have to, since he had authority from the Lord to say that priests were to come from the tribe of Levi. Saying such excluded priests coming from any other tribe.

Let us operate the way Jesus did, and not presume to do something simply because the Lord did not explicitly condemn it. The question is, what did He authorize.

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