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Hebrews 7:7

Nov 16, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  15 Comments

Friday, 16 November 2018

Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. Hebrews 7:7

The author here states a simple truth of both the Bible and of life in general. First, he says, “Now beyond all contradiction.” The meaning of the words is that there is absolutely no dispute in the matter which he will present. It is an understood and unquestioned principle recognized by all and at all times. From there, the author completes his thought with, “the lesser is blessed by the better.”

The position or person who is greater (better) bestows a blessing on the lesser. This isn’t the same meaning as when we say “Bless the Lord.” Rather, that is a form of praise from the lesser to the greater. Instead, the author is speaking of a blessing in the sense of something that can be bestowed upon another person.

Think of a graduate from college where the certificate is bestowed by the dean or some other important official. When handed to the graduate, a form of blessing might be given such as, “May the Lord bless the days of your working life abundantly.” If someone is named “Employee of the year” this blessing is granted by someone higher in the company’s ranks, etc. Or, one might think of the blessing of a father upon his children. The father is considered as the superior in that relationship.

Finally, and most directly to the matter at hand, there is the blessing of Aaron (and his line) upon the people of Israel. This was directed by the Lord, and it was – beyond all contradiction – that Aaron was considered the superior of all of Israel in this regard. That is recorded in Numbers 6 –

“‘“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:
24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’

27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”’”

As a note of clarification though, this is not speaking of moral superiority or some other related aspect. This is speaking of a position of rank, office, or authority. In the case of Abraham, he would be in a position lower than the “king of Salem” and “priest of the Most High God” in this regard. A difference between Melchizedek and Aaron is seen here. The Lord instructed through the law that Aaron was to bless the people. However, Melchizedek possessed this right apart from the law. Again, as with the receiving of the tithes, we have a confirmation of the greatness of Melchizedek, and the superiority of His office over that of Aaron.

Interestingly, in the account of Isaac meeting Pharaoh in Egypt, it twice says that Isaac blessed Pharaoh. The same word is used in both occasions and can also be interpreted to “greet,” but it appears the author of Genesis was indicating the greatness of Isaac over Pharaoh.

Likewise, Melchizedek is the one who blessed Abraham, not the other way around. In other words, the “lesser” person is Abraham. He, the man who had received the promise from God, was considered lesser than Melchizedek! For those who have been instructed in the greatness of Abraham, including his name being mentioned again and again in Scripture – such as in the genealogies of Jesus – this seems rather incredible. But the author states this is the case in order to draw the obvious and amazing parallel of Melchizedek to the Person of Jesus.

The greatness of Melchizedek in redemptive history, then, is one of extraordinary importance. There is still a large amount of information that the author of Hebrews is going to draw out of this one short meeting between these two great men – a meeting which consists of only three short verses in the Bible. The author of Hebrews, under divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is providing us with eternal truths about the nature of Jesus’ ministry which are simply astonishing!

Life application: If the author of Hebrews has drawn out (and will continue to draw out) this much theological information from an encounter of only a few verses in the Old Testament, then how much information has God packed into larger passages recorded there? As you read the Bible, ask questions of the text, seeking answers from God who reveals according to His wisdom. Finally, to understand the blessing of Aaron upon the people of Israel, along with doctrine on the Trinity, please feel free to watch this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeYlnhNMg3I&t

Lord God, it simply can’t be more exciting than to peer into the recesses of our history and see the Light of Christ shining through. His superiority over all of history is glorious, and all we can do is praise the immense wisdom which You have displayed in the pages of Scripture as You have revealed Him to a race of beings in desperate need of His coming! Amen.

15 Comments

  • Charlie, thanks for being there and for your loving care for your flock. I’m up at 5 am and you have already posted. I appreciate that.

    • Every day, up at 3:45. After walking the two little dogs and reading the Bible, this is the first thing I do each day. I’m glad you were there with me this morning.

  • Yes, thank you Father for Jesus and for Your word. Thank you for proving who You are over and over again on every page. What a hope, a glorious hope we have in You. My heart cannot contain the joy of knowing one day we will be forever in Your glorious presence and the heartaches of this world will fade in the light of Your glory and grace. How blessed, truly blessed we are to have Your word. It’s value is unmeasurable. Continue to teach us and reveal to us Your wonderful plan for our lives. In Your matchless name, amen.

    • Amen.

  • Yes, thank you Father for Jesus and for Your word. Thank you for proving beyond any doubt who You are over and over again on every page. What a hope, a glorious hope we have in You. My heart cannot contain the joy of knowing one day we will be forever in Your glorious presence and the heartaches of this world will fade int he light of Your glory and grace. How truly blessed we are to have Your word. It’s value is unmeasurable. Continue to teach us and reveal to us Your wonderful plan for our lives. In Your matchless name, amen.

  • thank you

    • And thank you!

  • Thank you for explaining this ‘concept’ of blessing. ‘Bless the Lord O my soul’ is not the same as the Aaronic blessing. I wish pastors would bless their congregations with this. The greater blesses the lesser. I love this sentence-“This is speaking of a position of rank, office, or authority”.
    Every time I do something for my mom she blesses me. I used to take those words for granted, as a matter of routine. Today, I understand a little better, and I can now receive her blessing with a little more understanding. If only more parents would bless their children we would have better schools and a better society.

    Thank you Pastor Charlie for this eye opening teaching. As my pastor, I need you to bless me also.
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    • Bless you Sister. You always lift up my spirit.

  • Amen, thank you Charlie for breaking this down for us and thank you to all that comment here. Sometime your comments are the trigger that bring me out of the deer in the headlights mode to the Oh ya now I get it mode. What an amazing blessing it is to be here and share and grow in the word with you all!

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

    • It is my honor to be here with you and to share with you. You always lift me up with your words. Thank you!

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

    • Let’s have a praise party today!

  • I have to say, these are such extraordinary writings in such extraordinary times. Wow wow wow! Oh, such blessings abound in our thoughts and hearts as we are so blessed to read and study and learn the precious Word of God, taught by Charlie. What Wisdom and greatness and deep deep love our Father and His Son have for us.

    God bless you all,
    4 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
    25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
    And be gracious to you;
    26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
    And give you peace.”’

    • Thank you so much Mary!!!

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