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Hebrews 7:20

Nov 29, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  13 Comments

Thursday, 29 November 2018

And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath… Hebrews 7:20

Although it is getting ahead in thought, to understand what the author is saying in this verse, it must be understood what the thought is being contrasted to. That will be revealed in the next verse, but in order to properly identify what that is, a history lesson concerning the Levitical priesthood is necessary.

In Israel, Aaron was appointed as high priest apart from any oath. He was selected by God and told that this would be his position. This is recorded in Exodus 28 –

“Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest, Aaron and Aaron’s sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments, to consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest.” Exodus 28:1-3 

Later, the Levites were selected by God in place of the firstborn of Israel to minister under Aaron and his sons. This is recorded in Numbers 3 –

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 12Now behold, I Myself have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of every firstborn who opens the womb among the children of Israel. Therefore the Levites shall be Mine, 13 because all the firstborn are Mine. On the day that I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified to Myself all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast. They shall be Mine: I am the Lord.’” Numbers 3:11-13

This appointment of Levi was the Lord’s will. He simply decided this was how it was to be, and He made the appointment. On the other hand, Jesus’ priesthood came about in a different way. The author states as much by saying, “And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath.” In other words, He was given an oath assuring His priesthood would be established. Both of these thoughts will be further explained in the coming verse.

Life application: Having an understanding of the Old Testament helps us to more fully understand what is being relayed in the New Testament. If one only reads the New, they will have the information they need, but they may not have the answer as to “why” things are the way they are. We might be told by a mechanic that the motor is now fixed and ready to be used again. If we are content with that, we will get in the car and drive away satisfied. However, if we want to know why the thing stopped working, we will want to review what the underlying cause of the breakdown was, through an explanation of how the motor works, what keeps it running properly, and how to avoid future breakdowns. In understanding the results which are revealed in the New, but without knowing all of the mechanics of the Old, we can have future breakdowns in our theology when someone comes along and gives bad information on what the results “really” mean. Without the foundation, we can be led astray by cheating car mechanics (if such people actually exist!). The same is true with theology and with those who would misdirect our understanding of a matter, by incorrectly explaining how we got to the result which is revealed in the New. In other words, it is the wise and prudent Christian who will be studied in both the Old and the New Testaments.

Great are Your ways O Lord and greatly are You to be praised! We lift our hands to You in praise for the glorious work of Jesus which was accomplished on our behalf. Instead of death, we receive life. Instead of fear, we can worship with joy! How precious You are O God! Thank You for what You have done through Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen.


  • My daughter just arrived from Oregon and she believes that religion is wrong. she has a big heart though and our goal is to love her for who she is and to pray mightily for a work of the Lord in her. Her name is Kari, she’s 41 and she despises our “religion” but she wants to be around us for a month. Please pray for Christ our intercessor to open our hearts and to be in our conversations with her so that she sees Christ as he really is! Love to all!

    • John , Wow , sorry , pray your daughter changes her mind towards Christianity , but then forgive me please for saying this bit I am hard headed and my house my rules and frankly anyone too intimidated to speak openly in their own home and family and publicly in a free country isn’t someone I would particularly care to take religious input from and I’ve found this to be true of others. But then again I do not know the complexity of your relationship and you may be doing the right thing for now as I believe that our faith / religion is a stumbling block not a football bat for beating people. I still have family members and friends who are unsure or unbelievers and of different religions but I cannot shy away from mentioning by praise the blessings I receive or the blessings I pray for others on. I have very few friends , lol , but I am content. But to have my child reject me because my GOD would be devastating and I would do everything I could to change that except relent in my faith. But I would choose JESUS over anyone and I truly pray for your daughters reconciliation to GOD . Perhaps try to get her to watch some of Charlie’s sermons . Again please forgive my chiming in I’m sure Charlie would give better advice and I truly do pray for you and your daughter.

      • Sean I agree with the your house your rules view but I have found that stance to bring more division and pain Into the situation and just keeps building the walls between us higher and higherwhen we should be tearing them down! As the saying goes you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink it’s a free will choice on its part. All we can do is plant the seeds and pray they take root! Myself I let my family know where I stand and leave it at that! I don’t build walls that will prevent them from asking questions of me! I try to leave doors or windows in any walls I may have unknowingly built. After I plant the seed its in the lords hands from that point on I just try to live by example and pray they use the door or windows in the wall. While we don’t talk much about beliefs my kids feel free not intimidated to question me about it from time to time especially when at breakfast or when I am on my computer watching a YT video. One of my kids will ask me something specific about something they just heard on the video. They are not sitting with me but wandering around the kitchen looking for something to eat or in the family room but at the same time listening and watching To me that is a win win
        Oh and my kids are in their 30s and 40s
        So just my view we need to breakdown the walls and open the doors and windows of sharing. Oh we do need a wall on the border yes definitely need that wall but no virtual walls around our beliefs 🙂

        • Well Gordon , I do the same my son has been watching Charlie since I found him when he was in the book of exodus and I leave the set up loud when watching so my wife can get some knowledge too, I feel blessed my immediate family believes. And I hope to have Charlie baptize my son ( hopefully soon) someday. He’s 21 .

    • John, I’m so sorry to read this. Truth is “religion” will ruin people. She needs to see beyond the word and see what Christ came to do. I pray she will see the truth and come to Christ. You have my heart.

  • BTW we have agreed toestablish boundaries not to talk religion or politics around each other, so it is a bit of a dance around things, ha.


  • praying for kari

  • “But she wants to be around us for a month” Hallelujah! Kari will love to lrarn that you don’t have a religion, you simply have a saving relationship with the living God, who is the Creator of the universe and who wants her to know that she is loved by Him, and wants her to know that all the while she is home. Bless you for loving her through this and that is indeed God’s love coming through, we will be praying for her time at home getting nurtured in love.

    Great writing Charlie, thank you and bless you.

  • That is so true! My early days in my search for information for the lord I was a NT only reader! Why read the old stuff that’s for the Jews I want the new stuff. Besides everyone said we replaced the Jews in the bible! Thank god for that day I decided to start reading the OT. It was enlightening but at times difficult to digest. I do believe that is why the lord lead me to the Superior Word. I was getting bits and pieces of understanding from other very good pastors about the OT but the lights were not turning on for me. It was when Charlie started showing us Christ in the OT that there was a glimmer of understanding of this. It was psalm 22 that threw open the windows and turned on the lights for me. Thank you Charlie for your persistence in showing us Christ is everywhere in the OT and to know how to look for him. That has been a huge blessing for me and really gave me a whole new understanding of the bible.

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

  • Praying for Kari, that the Spirit will prepare her heart to recognize and receive truth, for many opportunities to show Christ’s love during her visit, and circumstances to bring her to the end of herself. May you rest in the knowledge that the Lord is in control and has all of you in His capable hands. Praise Him for this opportunity and all He will do!

    • Thanks Brenda, we’re off to a good start , good talks about family and looking for a new car. It means a lot to have you praying for Kari

  • Thank you all who are praying for Kari. Had a wonderful day together, much time spent with each other. God reigns!

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