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In these passages is continuation of genealogies. Of particular interest is the genealogy of the tribe of Levi. One of Levi’s sons was Amram who became the father of Aaron and Moses. When God gave the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, the priestly duties were assigned to Aaron and his descendants.

Aaron’s three sons were Gershom, Kohath, and Merari. Kohath and his descendants were assigned the priestly duty of offering sacrifices to God to make atonement for Israel. All high priests in Israel came from the family of Aaron, specifically the family of Kohath. This is called the Aaronic priesthood.

The Aaronic priesthood has been replaced by Jesus Christ.  Jesus has become the new high priest. Jesus was born into the tribe of Judah, not Levi. The Bible says that Jesus is our new high priest ‘in the order of Melchesedek.’

Melchesedek  was a priest who visited Abraham after Abraham defeated the kings that plundered  Sodom where Abraham’s nephew Lot lived. The kings had taken Lot and the Sodomites captive. Abraham then pursued the kings and recovered the captives.

After this happened, Melchesedek visited Abraham, and Abraham paid tithes to Meschesedek. The Bible says Melchesedek was ‘a priest of God most high.’ The Bible also says that Melchesedek had no earthly lineage. Many believe that he was the preincarnate Jesus Christ who appeared to Abraham.  Jesus is now our high priest representing us to God Most High