Not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. (Heb. 7:16)
Many things are passed down from generation to generation. Perhaps you have a special memento or keepsake in your home from generations past. Maybe you inherited the family business. However, so often in matters of inheritance, the next generation is unprepared or uninterested in what has been passed down. Royalty is by bloodline, not merit or ability. Family businesses, property, and wealth are inherited, not earned. Positions are often appointed by favoritism in politics and business. The best succession is not always the popular one.
If individual strengths and abilities are not considered when appointing leadership, weaknesses will be introduced to any system. The successor is simply not ready or not the best fit for the job. In this way, weaknesses crept into the priesthood in Israel in ancient times. This deficit had to be overcome by a great strength, one that could come only from the indestructible Creator God.
For Jesus to become High Priest, there had to be a clear break from former tradition and established regulations. The position could no longer be inherited, drawn by lot, or assigned by man. Israel could not do what they always did, so God decided to do something new. The only one capable of overcoming such weakness was the almighty and everlasting God. Therefore, Jesus, God incarnate, came himself to set things right. We are weak, but God is indestructibly strong.
Set your weakness aside to allow his strength.
Randall A. Forbes is director of plant operations at Kingswood University. With a flair for the artistic, Randy’s secular life experience contributes to his unique perspective and application of biblical truths.
© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.
Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.