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Verse Nehemiah 12.7

7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah.These were the leaders of the priests and their associates in the days of Joshua.

Verse Nehemiah 12.7 Sallu, Amok, Hilk

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Nehemiah has been living and working in Jerusalem for 12 years and has returned Israel to a place of obedience and spiritual strength it hasn’t known since the time of Joshua. And the people are working and living in submission to God’s law under the Covenant in less than 400 years, the Messiah will be sent to Israel. Which was just enough time for this reborn nation to strengthen and spread out into the land? Though always under the authority of Gentile nations God sends in fulfilment of His promises to Daniel.

That Israel would be held under Gentile authority until the Messiah’s Second Coming. So as we conclude the text of Nehemiah tonight, we first read through an accounting of the authority of the priestly line in Israel. It’s important to determine for future generations of Israel that the road of Aaron remains presiding over the temple activities. These people were the most important castaways to get back to Israel. Ezra had stopped during his return as he noted he didn’t have adequate priests among the castaways.

The priests were the one irreplaceable group of individuals within the people of Israel. Without this tribe, the temple services would be impossible to conduct according to the law and so the Lord has ensured that the exiles that returned to Jerusalem included not only Levites but also those in line for the priest. This list is similar to that in the book of Chronicles, which has the lineage that went into imprisonment. With that reference, we can know that the high priest of Israel was the true heir to the high priest position before captivity.

Five successive generations of high priests are listed, tracing back to the high priest that left Israel in captivity. The genealogies of these men were especially important to validate the legitimacy of the priests who served in the temple. The genealogical records of Israel were protected with tremendous care throughout the history of the state. The records were housed for protection in the temple and these records were updated when sons were registered. Israel’s emphasis on genealogies was instituted as a consequence of God’s covenants.

The nation of Israel inherited the promises of God by birthright. Just as the U.S. assigns the privileges of citizenship to anyone born inside our borders. Israel extended that honour to those born into the family. So keeping accurate genealogies was critical for knowing who to acknowledge and who to reject. God was working during this fastidiousness to make sure the state could accurately identify the Messiah when His day came.

And the Jews were able to verify this identity from His genealogy, we know Jesus was not of the priestly tribe of Levi, according to the Law of Moses. He was of the tribe of Judah, the tribe of Kings. Nevertheless, Jesus is our High Priest, as the scripture says and Hebrews explains that He can be our priest, though He doesn’t descend from Aaron, because He comes in better order than that created by the Law.

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