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Hebrews 7:3

Nov 12, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  9 Comments

Monday, 12 November 2018

…without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually. Hebrews 7:3

The author continues to relate information which can be gleaned about Melchizedek from the account found in Genesis 14. However, the information he passes on now is not what was stated, but what was left unstated. He begins with three family-related matters by saying, “without father, without mother, without genealogy.”

In this, he is not literally claiming that Melchizedek had no parents or other genealogy. Instead, he is making the point that the author of Genesis (God through Moses) specifically left these points out in order to establish a connection to Jesus in this regard. In Genesis, there are numerous genealogical listings. Adam was created, but after him, the successive generations of the people who are recorded are listed by their individual families, showing where they came from, and to what people groups they eventually became a part of. However, nothing is recorded about Melchizedek in this regard. There is no listing of it despite the meticulous care provided for other peoples’ family listings.

Even if a person was seen only once, it might say, “John Doe was a Canaanite.” That alone would tell us that his father descended from Canaan, who in turn descended from Ham, who in turn descended from Noah. Thus, the genealogical record is implied in the statement. But such is not the case with Melchizedek.

Next, we are told that he has “neither beginning of days nor end of life.” Again, fanciful ideas of a supernatural being are made up about Melchizedek because of this statement. And yet, the only point the author is making is that there is no recorded birth record, nor is there any recorded death regarding Melchizedek. For example, Abraham’s birth is recorded in Genesis 11:26 –

“Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.”

His death is then recorded in Genesis 25:7, 8 –

“This is the sum of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived: one hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.”

This is a common occurrence in the Bible. Therefore, the exclusion of such information is as telling as its inclusion. God purposefully left this information out in order to establish a connection between Melchizedek and Jesus. The author demonstrates that, in contrast to others who are recorded, Melchizedek is “made like the Son of God.” Notice that he calls Jesus the Son of God, indicating Christ’s eternality. Jesus has a human genealogy which is carefully recorded for us in Matthew and in Luke. However, being the Son of God, he is also “from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2).

With this understanding, we can now see the author’s logic taking shape. First, it is the words, “without genealogy,” upon which the author’s careful attention explains the first two points – “without father, without mother.” Secondly, it is the eternality of the record of Melchizedek – “having neither beginning of days nor end of life” – which explains the words, “but made like the Son of God.” And finally, the two thoughts then meld into the final words of the verse which says that “he remains a priest continually.”

The word for “continually” is diénekés. It signifies to “bear all the way across in an unbroken (non-stop) fashion; to persist all the way, to the (intended) end” (HELPS Word Studies). In other words, it means “forever.” It is this information that the Hebrew audience would need to be told. Once explained, the pieces would begin to fit together. Under the Old Covenant, Aaron was the first high priest. Only a descendant of Aaron could minister as a priest before the Lord, and so a meticulous genealogical record was kept. After the first exile, the priests were gathered together in order to minister once again in Jerusalem, but this is recorded in Ezra concerning some of those people –

“These sought their listing among those who were registered by genealogy, but they were not found; therefore they were excluded from the priesthood as defiled. 63 And the governor said to them that they should not eat of the most holy things till a priest could consult with the Urim and Thummim.” Ezra 2:62, 63

These men were excluded until a decision could be rendered by the Lord concerning their genealogy. But what is also true is that these men would die, and someone would step in from the sons of Aaron to continue to minister, one generation after another. However, David said in the Psalms –

“The Lord has sworn
And will not relent,
‘You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.’” Psalm 110:4

Melchizedek was neither from Aaron, nor was there any birth or death record given for him. David, under inspiration of the Spirit, prophesied that One would come who would fit this pattern. There is no need for a genealogy which reaches back to Aaron for this One to minister as a priest. And there is no time after He became a priest that His duties would end. Instead, He “remains a priest continually.” It is Jesus who is referred to, and it is then another of the numerous proofs found thus far in Hebrews which establishes His deity.

David was intimating that the Messiah to come would be God (by using the term Adonai (Lord, when speaking of Yehovah)) in Psalm 110:1. He is, therefore, eternal as is confirmed in verse 4 of the psalm. The author will continue to explain these things concerning Melchizedek in the verses ahead.

Life application: As always, the deity of Jesus Christ is on full display in the book of Hebrews. If you know someone who is in a cult which denies this, are you willing to take the time to show him or her the logical and indisputable connections that the author of Hebrews is making to prove this point? Further, what if someone challenges you on this precept? Will you remember where to go to find the answer to shut them up concerning their heresy. These are matters of the greatest weight and importance. Salvation of the human soul depends on our calling on Jesus through the truth of the gospel, and there is but one gospel. Be ready at all times to defend your stand on the truth of Christ, and be willing to do so when you are given opportunity to do so as well.

O God! How absolutely glorious to know that you have chosen real figures in history to point us to the eternal truths about Jesus our Lord! The words recorded in the Bible demonstrate Your marvelous wisdom in ways we can’t fully comprehend or imagine. Thank You, O Lord, for opening our eyes to the beauty of Your glorious word. Amen.

9 Comments

  • amen thank you

  • I have found of late that witnessing to others in particularly mid and post trib rapture believers is almost impossible. They don’t want to hear anything that might rock their boat of beliefs much like JWs. The ones that insist they know the truth and don’t need to hear any more different views they have heard them all, really?? It’s just mind blowing that anyone can take that position of claiming to know the bible inside and out and not need to entertain other view points. The bible is a living book and it reveals its meanings to us at Gods given time. We can read a versetoday and think we fully understand its meaning and then somthing happens in the world that puts a new light on that verse and brings its meaning into sharper focus. To me the bible is about debate and digging for the truth God wants us to find in his word. What is not up for debate is Jesus is lord, we can only be saved through the blood of Jesus and his amazing gift of grace, he is coming to bring us home and will return as King of Kings to rule physically on earth for a thousand years.
    It’s sad to see the darkness grow in the world and people willingly and even enthusiasticlly turning a blind eye to the truth.
    Yes I have found this to be very frustrating of late and it’s only getting worse

    We ARE another day closer to home AMEN come lord Jesus quickly
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends lord willing we fly soon

    • Bless you Gordon , I take a page from David at acts17 apologetics when he said it is important to determine the level of skepticism before beginning dialog or debate , some like Dawkins have gone as far as saying if GOD Himself wrote a personal message to him , that he ( Dawkins) would still choose disbelief . Now dogmatic religious people are no less prone to such cognitive dissidence. As it is apparent in their doctrine. If they would just let the baggage they carry lay at the foot of JESUS .

      • Hey, Sean, that is a very good point about Acts 17. Thank you for reminding me of it.
        Just today I got into another conversation if you can call it that with another mid / post triber. I was responding to post on another YT page. I didn’t know he was if that believe but it became apparent by the second comment. Not only that but his attitude was arrogant and holier than thou his word is gospel because he knows better than us wow. He couldn’t leave it at that he had to chase me down to my YT channel and continue his attack. The evil in this world is growing unimaginably I know we are another day closer to home but that moment sure can’t come fast enough. God bless my friend

  • A belated Veterans Day “thank you” to you Charlie and all those who have served our country at the Superior Word and/or those who follow your daily writings.

    Whenever the subject of Melchizedek comes up I always think of what I learned when researching Mormonism. They get it oh so wrong.

    From GotQuestions.org:

    “Mormonism holds a different, unbiblical view of the priesthood of Melchizedek. According to Mormon doctrine, the office the Melchizedek priesthood stopped until it was re-instituted through the ministry of Joseph Smith (Doctrine and Covenants 107:1–5). Mormonism teaches that MEN (my emphasis) may be ordained into this priesthood, through offices such as Apostle, Patriarch, or Elder. The invoking of Melchizedek and, to a lesser extent, Aaron, is used by Mormonism to arrogate priestly authority for their offices.”

  • A belated Veterans Day ‘thank you’ to you Charlie and all those at the Superior Word and/or following your daily writings. Thank you for your service to our country!!

    Whenever the subject of Melchizedek comes up I am reminded of what the Mormons teach about it. They get it oh so wrong.

    From GotQuestions.org:

    “Mormonism holds a different, unbiblical view of the priesthood of Melchizedek. According to Mormon doctrine, the office the Melchizedek priesthood stopped until it was re-instituted through the ministry of Joseph Smith (Doctrine and Covenants 107:1–5). Mormonism teaches that men may be ordained into this priesthood, through offices such as Apostle, Patriarch, or Elder. The invoking of Melchizedek and, to a lesser extent, Aaron, is used by Mormonism to arrogate priestly authority for their offices.”

    • Wow did they blow this! I had not read that before. Thank you so much for this, and also for the wishes for Veteran’s Day! God bless you.

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

  • Amen Amen Amen….

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