Some theology professors make “theology” the way to know God. Some preachers make “ministry” the nearly exclusive word for full-time work in God’s kingdom. Even among us, a tendency exists to exalt some individuals above others. This is fully against the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not even in the Old Testament was anyone considered a notch above the others.
And those of the sons of Levi who receive the priestly office have authorization according to the law to collect a tithe from the people, that is, from their fellow countrymen, although they too are descendants of Abraham.
Hebrews 7.5 NET
The text here makes up part of argument for the superiority of Melchizedek’s priesthood over the Mosaic system. But note what the writer states about the Levites. Even though they received tithes from the people, they were still their fellow countrymen and like descendants of Abraham.
Just because the Levites were supported by the other tribes of Israel did not make them superior (or inferior) to their fellow countrymen.
They exercised a function, an inherited one at that, but that gave them no special position in Israel.
Two levels of hierarchy exist in the church of God. Level 1: Jesus is Lord. Level 2: His followers are his servants.
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