Friday, August 6, 2010

Is it Melchizedek Vs Aaronic Priesthood?

Q: Think longer on the idea of a greater (Melchizedek) and lesser (Aaronic) priesthood. With the lessor being subject to the greater, rather than Melchizedek being God the Father.

A: The point of Context you are speaking is from the following verse in Heb 7:4-7, "v4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. v5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; v6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. v7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better." 

When you say to think on in the lines of "greater (Melchizedek) and lesser as (Aaronic) priesthood", the context doest not support it. You are trying to superimpose your way of thinking in to the Scripture. When the 7th verse says, "Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better", it is a continuation of the 6th verse which speaks about the lesser Abraham who had the promises of God in him by faith and as a result of it was blessed by the greater Melchizedek, who is none other than God Himself whose genealogy is not derived from any human means (Heb 7:3)

Actually as the Scripture says in v5, the sons of Levi out of whom Levitical priesthood came in the order of Aaron who was appointed as the head or chief priest of them all, was in Abraham's loins symbolically at this time when Abraham met Melchizedek as they were not still born at that time (Heb 7:5, 10-11), and so the context does not support the idea of "a greater (Melchizedek) and lesser (Aaronic) priesthood".   


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