A Cancellation of the Commandment

“Jesus was made Priest not after a carnal commandment to take tithes, but after the power of an endless life (Heb.7:16). Because the Law of receiving tithes was weak and of no value it was canceled; Heb. 7:18 says: “For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.” A further breakdown of the text says it like this: “For there is truly a cancellation of the previous commandment for its weakness and non-value.” The phrase “going before” in chapter 7:18 means preceding or previous. “For there is truly a cancellation of the commandment previous…” but in the English language our words don’t go after the subject, they are placed before the subject. So, let’s look at it this way: “For there is truly a cancellation of the PREVIOUS COMMANDMENT…” But what was the previous commandment? Heb. 7:5 says “And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, HAVE A COMMANDMENT TO TAKE TITHES OF THE PEOPLE ACCORDING TO THE LAW, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:” So, the commandment to take tithes was cancelled. And Heb. 7:16 is more clearly understood as well because tithing was based on the carnal needs for the maintaining of the Aaronic priesthood.”

-Anthony Booker

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