Those who slander the truth about the “throne of David” that the Second Coming Christ Ahnsahnghong fulfilled, say, “Jesus was baptized at the age of 30. But it was only because the priests were to begin serving in the temple when they were 30 years old (1 Ch 23:2-5; Nu 4:1-3, 21-23, 29-30).” Let’s find out why their insistence is contrary to the teachings of the Bible.
- Num 4:2-3 “Take a census of the Kohathite branch of the Levites by their clans and families. Count all the men from thirty to fifty years of age who come to serve in the work in the Tent of Meeting.
1. The record is not for the priests, but for the “Levites”
Where in the Bible is there a record that the priests began to serve in the temple at the age of 30? There is no verse that says that.
The verses they provided?are not about the priests, but about the “Levites” who helped the priests and served in the temple. Not all the descendants of the tribe of Levi became priests. Among the tribe of Levi, only the descendants of Aaron became the priests. The Kohathites, the Gershonites, the Merarites and others from the tribe of Levi helped the priests from the descendants of Aaron and served in the temple; they are the “Levites.”
When Jesus gave the parable of the Good Samaritan, He said that a priest passed by the man who had fallen into the hands of robbers, and so did a Levite, but a Samaritan took care of him (Lk 10:30-37). Thus, a priest and a Levite are definitely different.
The age “30,” which they insisted on, was not the age when the priests began to serve in the temple, but it is the age when the Levites began to serve in the temple. In addition, the age when the Levites began to serve was not only 30. Once, God ordered the Levites to begin to serve at the age of 25 (Nu 8:23-26), and later He ordered them to begin to serve at the age of 20 (1 Ch 23:24-32; Ezr 3:8).
2. Jesus was a high priest in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron
Did Jesus follow the order of Aaron? No.
It is clear that the age “30” mentioned in the verses they used was not the age when the priests began to serve in the temple. But even if it were, they cannot use those verses for Jesus because Jesus was not a priest in the order of Aaron.
- Heb 7:11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood, why was there still need for another priest to come-one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?
Jesus was a high priest in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron (Heb 6:20). So, there is no prophetical reason that Jesus had to begin His ministry at the same age as that of the priests who began their priesthood in the order of Aaron. (In fact, the age was not of the priests, but of the Levites.)
According to the prophecy that Christ would reign on the throne of David, Jesus came as the prophetical David and was baptized at the age of 30 and began His ministry just as David became king at the age of 30. Therefore, it is a non-biblical insistence that Jesus was baptized at the age of 30 because the priests began to serve in the temple at the age of 30 in the Old Testament.