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Psalm 2, Isaiah 63, Hebrews 7

I love verse 8 of Isaiah 63

But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

As I read it, I couldn’t help but think of 2 Cor 4:7

 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

All we are is clay, molded for use by the Master — and He places a treasure in us, that is His Holy Spirit.  We are the creation;  He is the Creator.  Non nobis, Domine.

The real “light bulb” moment came when I was reading in Hebrews.  I’ve often wondered why, with the twelve tribes of Israel, God did things the way he did.

To me Joseph would have been a logical line for the Messiah.  Joseph was a type of Christ — both were put to death, Joseph in a pit, but then sold into slavery, and Jesus on a cross — and both through that experience saved Israel.  But God didn’t choose Joseph’s lineage for His Son.

Moses was another type of Christ, and would have been a logical choice.  The law came through Moses.  His brother Aaron became the first high priest, and then all high priests after him came from their tribe, the tribe of Levi.  But God did not choose Levi, Moses or Aaron for Christ’s genealogy.

The first king of Israel, Saul, was of the tribe of Benjamin, the youngest son of Israel.  Saul was a poor king, so even though Benjamin’s tribe came through the beloved wife, Rachel, I wasn’t surprised that the Christ didn’t come from Benjamin.

I’ve wondered why God didn’t choose the first-born son of Israel, Reuben, but I guess birth-order does not equal birthright.  That’s pretty evident in the story of Jacob and Esau.

Judah became the line through whom the Messiah was born.  That’s a study all by itself.  In Judah’s line, we find David, another type of Christ, a shepherd king who battled giants and humbled himself before God.

But, prophecies aside,  Hebrews 7 gave me a God reason for why Messiah came through Judah not Levi.

11Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? 12For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. 13For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. 14For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, 16who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life.

We are no longer under the old law.  The change in priesthood signalled a change in law.

Thanks be to God!

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