For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.…
There are two forms in which men need to "draw nigh," and in which believers do "draw nigh" "unto God." By nature and wicked works, men are "far from God." They are banished rebels, they are prodigal children who have wandered to a foreign land. In conversion and by faith the banished is restored, the wanderer comes home. This is one way of "drawing nigh unto God." But another is specified (Hebrews 10:22). That passage obviously relates to devotional intercourse with God. All spiritual worship, indeed, is a drawing nigh of the soul to the Father-Spirit of the universe. Much that is called worship, it is true, by no means realises this description. A man may regularly enter the house of prayer, a man may, with apparent reverence, fall upon his knees, and yet never "draw nigh to God." But every pious soul, by prayer, and thanksgiving, and meditation, engages in this sublime and sacred exercise. And how? "By the better hope." As by Christ and Christianity the sinner returns to God, so by Christ and Christianity the believer holds sweet and profitable fellowship with Heaven. A privilege — oh, how precious! A duty — oh, how urgent! Very thankful should we be for the Economy by which it may be realised; and very earnestly should we use that system for the fulfilment of the high design.
(A. S. Patterson.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.