In verse 4 the word translated “takes” in the NASB is the same word translated “taken” in verse 1. So putting the concepts together the high priest is taken and appointed and does not take the honor. The picture is clear. The high priest is not someone who sought that position, campaigned for the honor, rather it was the one who was chosen of God.
The high priest was the spiritual leader of the Jews. So this speaks, I think, to those who as Paul says in 1 Timothy 3:1 aspire to lead. One may aspire to, one may not take leadership. One is placed there by God. Psalm 75:6 – 7 says the same thing. God is the one who choses leadership.
There are some interesting implications from this. I will unwrap later in this series.