A TRIBUTE TO THE UNKNOWN PRIEST
It is good to reflect upon the lives of people who have lived
before us and to honor them for the sacrifices they have
made for the good of their families, their nation and
The life of a certain priest has benefited many generations.
Yet, his name is only known to God. He has no recorded
genealogy. His name is not mentioned in the Holy Writ.
Nevertheless, traces of his life can be noticed in the
scriptures when a person really looks for them.
We know that he was a Son of Aaron and a descendant of
Phinehas because of this promise that God made to
"Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the
priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children
of Israel, ... Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him
my covenant of peace:
**And he shall have it, and his seed after him,
even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood;**
because he was zealous for his God, and made an
atonement for the children of Israel."
Numbers 25:11-13 (KJV)
In the service of God, all men do not have the same
ministries. Zacharias and the unknown priest were both
sons of Aaron. Zacharias executed the priest's office before
God in the order of his course; and once, he even had the
privilege of burning incense in the Temple of the Lord.
But -- the life of the unknown priest remains in obscurity.
Like thousands of God's true servants, not a single mention
is made of his service or prayers. We don't even know
where he lived --but wherever he was, he was a messenger
of the LORD of hosts:
"For the priest's lips should keep knowledge,
and they should seek the law at his mouth:
for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts."
Mal 2:7 (KJV)
The unknown priest was an ancestor of John the Baptist
and surely had a direct, or indirect, influence on the life of
John the Baptist and his cousin Jesus Christ. Did John and
Jesus benefit from his life-work of teaching The
Commandments of God diligently unto his children? I
think so. Now you can decide ...
JOHN THE BAPTIST
The prophet, who announced the good tidings that the
kingdom of heaven was at hand, knew from the scriptures
when to expect the kingdom. John's voice preached
repentance and told evil-doers to bring the fruits of an
amended life --because his lips kept knowledge and the law
was in his mouth -- for he was a messenger of the LORD
From the scriptures, John knew that there must be an atonement
for sin. So when He saw the Spirit descending and
remaining on Jesus, he said: "Behold, the Lamb of God
that taketh away the sins of the world." Indeed, John the
Baptist was a man of the Word.
As a twelve-year-old boy, Jesus astonished the doctors in
the temple with his understanding and answers. In the
wilderness, Jesus resisted the tempter with the words "It is
written...". Yes, the seed of the woman knew that he came
to fulfill the words of the law and prophets that spoke of his
death and resurrection.
Jesus Christ established the New Covenant with an
everlasting priesthood (after the order of Melchisedic)
when he fulfilled the promise that God made to Phinehas
and became the author of eternal salvation unto all them
that obey him.
How God Kept His Promise to Phinehas
Even though the genealogies of the Bible seem
impossible to trace, the scriptures still contain evidence
that God kept His promises to Eve, Abraham, David and
Many Bible commentators believe that the genealogy of
Luke 3:23-38 is that of the virgin Mary. If so, it would
fulfill the promises that God made to Eve, Abraham, and
If the promise to David was fulfilled through the lineage of
Mary's father from David; then, the promise to Phinehas
can be fulfilled through the lineage of Mary's mother from
Phinehas. This possible genealogy of Mary's mother
descending from Phinehas agrees with some New
[The Unknown Priest]
(The priest had two daughters)
(The Mother of Elizabeth (The Mother of Mary
marries a Son of Aaron) marries a Son of David)
Elizabeth and Mary are cousins. (See Luke 1:36)
Elizabeth and Zacharias Mary and The Holy Spirit
John The Baptist Jesus Christ
Through Mary's mother's side of the family, the unknown
priest would be the great-grandfather of John the Baptist
and Jesus Christ.
(There are many unknown priests in the kingdom of God.
We may never know the results of their work until we walk
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