OR Was Yashua from the House of Levi – Via Aaron – (A PRIEST) Through Mary?
While some bible scholars say that Luke’s lineage refers to Mary, but they have not thought this through. We ask you to use your OWN Deductive Reasoning here. Consider what Mary’s lineage was and how that could (and did) affect and where Yashua was raised? Moses’ tribe was Levi, who remained loyal to G*D when others worshipped a golden calf in the desert. They inherited no land in the Promised Land and became the High Priests. These priests, because they owned no property were dependent on the OTHER tribes for their sustenance. NOW THINK about how Yashua operated throughout His ministry? Did he work? Did disciples work? No, they followed the traditional way of the priests: they ministered to the people and were taken care of accordingly. Yashua even instructs them SPECIFICLY to adhere to this Levitical Way of life WHILE He was still alive:
…Freely you received, freely give. Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or even two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is deserving of his support.”
Matthew 10: 8-10
and He instructed them that they were to take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belt—but to wear sandals; and He added, “Do not put on two tunics.”
Mark 6: 8-9
And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics.”
Luke 9: 3
Go; behold, I am sending you out like lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no money belt, no bag, no sandals, and greet no one along the way.”
Luke 10: 3-4
AND after Yashua sent them out to see how the apostles did, He questioned them at the Last Supper as to how they fared living as Levitical Essenes.
And He said to them, “When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?” They said, “No, nothing.”
Luke 22: 35-36
There were three priestly groups: the Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes (to be discussed more in a bit). The tribe of Levi would become the foundation of the priestly “devoted” sect known as the Essenes – who followed very strict Levitical Law. Considering their adherence to Law and proven faithfulness to G*D in the desert, it is no stretch to assume they found allies in the beloved ‘Nazar’ Tribe of Joseph. This may explain the interchangeability of nomenclature with the Nazarene and Essene Sect. Mary is described to be a relation (or cousin) of Elizabeth who is married to a priest. She is from the house of Aaron (Moses’ brother) and tribe of “priestly descent,” i.e. a Levite. This is important to note as it also explains the background of John the Baptist… Yashua’s 2nd cousin. He was of preistly lineage who was baptizing people out of the Essene kibbutz at Qumran (more on this later).
In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.”
Luke 1:5 NASB
And behold, even your relative Elizabeth herself has conceived a son in her old age, and she who was called infertile is now in her sixth month.”
Luke 1:36 NASB
The Tribe of Levite became responsible for the temple and worship. Any child raised in a family of Levites would have been deeply educated and knowledgeable in Scriptures. Hence we read the stories of young Yashua reading scripture in the temple. So often we take this story for granted, and yet if we understand his Nazar association and Levite heritage, the pieces fall together beautifully. John the Baptist, son of Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, went to live with the Southern Ossaeans at Ein Gedi and Qumran in the land of Judah. (This is in the vicinity of where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.) According to the Jewish historian, Josephus, this southern Essene order was more ascetic and they lived a monastic celibate life. (Hence, John’s extreme clothing). The Jordan River at Bethany was an easy and probably pleasant 1/2 day walk along the Jordan River from Qumran.
All this happened at Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.”
John 1: 28
Always keep in mind that Mary’s relation Elizabeth and her son John the Baptists were of the priestly Levite tribe. This helps to provide background as to why Yashua, a simple carpenter’s son, certainly did show a huge propensity for understanding Torah. And why He was regarded as a “Rabbi” teacher over and over as well as a High Priest by the apostles.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of G*D, let’s hold firmly to our confession.”
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