Hello everyone this is the Grover Weaver Ministries.org Blogtalk Radio Show’s commentary on the International Sunday School Lesson founded in Hebrew 3:1-6 & Matthew 7:24-29. I am Grover Weaver, your Minister and Sunday School teacher, welcome to the broadcast.
The focus of Hebrews 4:14-5:10 is the believer’s rest in the perfect redemptive work of Christ and the administration of his priesthood. In Christ’s priesthood, the believer rests in the perfect rest of grace. Christ is our high priest who is not touched by our infirmities but like us in all things without sin. Hebrews confesses Jesus is the better man for man’s Apostle and High priest.
These early believers were taught and were quite knowledgeable of the controversy regarding the imperfection of the Judean priesthood.
When Jacob’s children came out of the Babylonian captivity and returned to the land of Canaan there was no one of the line of David to lead in the important matters pertaining to spiritual and secular needs of the people/the kingdom.
That leadership came from the temple priest an assumed position of great importance in directing the people’s affairs, in some cases the office of the kingship was combined with the priesthood...
Until the kingdom was split there was a clear line from Aaron to Zadot. Onias who was the last priest of the Aaronic order and lineage he lost a power struggle with Jason who was was appointed the King of Syria Antiochus IV Epiphanes when he invaded Palestine.
Afterward the priesthood was a commodity to be bought by the highest bidder via a lottery to the priestly families many times the highest bidder was a non-legitimate priestly families from 37 BC to 70 AD a period of 106 years you had 28 high priest but 25 were not qualified to serve according to the Talmud, thus arose the Pharisees who protested the legitimacy of the the priesthood