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In this daily Bible reading 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, He also assigned priestly duties to Moses’ brother Aaron and his descendants.

Aaron’s three sons were Gershom, Kohath, and Merari. God assigned Kohath and his descendants the priestly duties of offering sacrifices to make atonement for Israel.  As a result, 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The Aaronic priesthood has been replaced by Jesus Christ.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. They had taken Lot and the Sodomites captive, and Abraham saved them.

After this happened, Melchesedek visited Abraham, and Abraham paid tithes to Meschesedek. The Bible says Melchesedek was ‘a priest of God most high.’  Additionally, the Bible 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