I try to read the Bible on an annual basis. Each year, I say I'm going to dig a little deeper, but it's difficult, with work and other responsibilities. I've decided this year to pick at specific things in the Bible that's wanted to do for a while. These include things such as chronology, genealogy, etc. I would like to pick apart the various covenants and ceremonies and take a deeper look at their symbolism. I've decided to start with genealogy, because it is the first thing that popped out at me as I am going through the Bible again from the beginning. I I haven't gotten very far with it, but here is what I have so far. This will be updated periodically as I continue to work on it. I think it's interesting that I happen to decide to start working on this now, as we are coming up to the memorial. As you may or not be aware, the purpose of the detailed genealogy in the Bible, was to show Jesus' lineage as proof that he is the legal heir of David's throne, as well as his claim to the priesthood through the line of Levi.
As you may or may not be aware, the priests were of the tribe of the Levites, and the kings were of the tribe of Judah. Therefore, the kings and priests were of two separate lines, and generally speaking, one was not both a king and priest. Jesus; however, being descended from both the Levites and the Davidic line (the line of Judah), has "been designated by God a high priest in the manner of Melchiedek." (Hebrews 5:7) Prior to the establishment of the 12 tribes of Israel, Melchizedek was king of Salem, as well as a "priest of the Most High God." (Genesis 14:18)
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