Why Abraham “sought” the Priesthood
Posted by kirkcaudle on February 23, 2010
In Abraham chapter 1, Abraham talks about his appointment to the Priesthood. However, I am trying to figure out where he actually fits into the actual Patriarchal lineage of the Priesthood. Who is he a descendant of and why did he have to actually seek the Priesthood?
Here is v3-5.
3 It was conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the fathers, from the beginning of time, yea, even from the beginning, or before the foundation of the earth, down to the present time, even the right of the firstborn, or the first man, who is Adam, or first father, through the fathers unto me.
4 I sought for mine appointment unto the Priesthood according to the appointment of God unto the fathers concerning the seed.
5 My fathers, having turned from their righteousness, and from the holy commandments which the Lord their God had given unto them, unto the worshiping of the gods of the heathen, utterly refused to hearken to my voice;
It appears that Abraham does not view his direct lineage with the righteous. Notice in v3 he talks about “the” fathers, but never “his” fathers. That seems to denote that they were not related to him, or at the very least they were distant from him. If this is true then I, wonder if the reason Abraham “sought [his] appointment unto the Priesthood” was that he was not of the Patriarchal line. Verse 4 seems to lean this way, as again, Abraham speaks of “the” Fathers and “the” seed. Not once does he say he is from their seed.
The first two words of verse 5 contrast with the last five words of verse 4. Verse 5 talks about his “fathers,” plural. Abraham wants to be aligned with “The Fathers” and not “his Fathers.” The text does not say when his family left the church, or even if they were ever members at all.
If the ancestors of Abraham were not members of the church (using the term “church” loosely of course) or did not hold the Priesthood then this really does make Abraham the ultimate convert.
Abraham is the only person in scripture that I can think of that is actually told to leave his family. When he leaves his father, he gains a new spiritual/eternal family in chapter 2 (and Gen. 12). This seems to be what Abraham was after all along. Unhappy with his true lineage, he went out to find a new one. He was unhappy with his story so he wrote a new one.
Not sure if I am on base with any of this or not, but I would love to hear comments from others. Any non-canonical insights on the lineage of Abraham would be great.