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This blog post will be what I wrote for a class assignment on Jesus’ resume as high priest. It comes from Hebrews 7:1-28. Here is what I wrote.

In Hebrews 7:1 we wee that Melchizedek was both king of Salem and priest of God most high. Melchizedek met Abraham and blessed him. This is especially significant because verse two tells us Abraham gave Melchizedek a tithe of ten percent of all he possessed. It also says Melchizedek’s name means three things: 1)king of righteousness; 2) king of Salem; and 3) king of peace. All of this means Melchizedek is a righteous and peaceful king. Verse three tells us Melchizedek had no priestly bloodline from neither his father or his mother. It was not in his genealogy. Nevertheless, Melchizedek’s priesthood had no beginning and no end. Melchizedek’s priesthood is from Jesus’ priesthood. It will last forever, for all of time.

Verse four says Melchizedek was so important the great patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of all he had. Verse five says the Levite priests had the right to collect a tenth of all the possessions of all their fellow Israelite brethren, who were also decendents of Abraham. Verse six says Melchizedek’s priesthood was completely different from the Levitical priesthood. We already discovered Melchizedek’s priesthood wasn’t from his own or any other genealogy. Yet he still was given a tenth from Abraham. Verse seven says the lesser (Melchizedek) was blessed by the greater (Abraham). Verse eight says the tithes are collected by those who die, but in the present case by him who is said to be living. Verses nine through ten say the priests of Levi collect a tenth, but paid it through Abraham paying Melchizedek when they met, because Levi was still in the body of his ancestors.

This next section seems to shift to Melchizedek’s priesthood being Jesus’ priesthood. The Hebrew writer asks a great question in verse eleven. Why did a new priest need to be inaugurated who was likened to Melchizedek and not Aaron if perfection could have been attained in the Levitical priesthood? This is answered in verse twelve. It says that when the priesthood changes the law must also be changed. Jesus and Melchizedek were of different tribes which had never had a priest nor anyone who could have served at the temple alter. Verse fourteen states Jesus obviously came from a tribe of whom Moses had never stated could serve as a priest at the alter nor anything else. Verses fifteen and sixteen say the above is made even more clearer if a priest like Melchizedek comes because, He is not the basis of regulation or genealogy but because of an indestructible life. Verse seventeen is a quote of Psalm 110:4 prophesying the Messiah would be an eternal priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Verse eighteen says the old (or “fomer”) regulation is thrown out because it was fading away, it was useless. Verse nineteen says the law would never be able to make any man perfect, and this set up the hope that would come. This new hope will draw us near to God. Verses twenty and twenty one say God confirmed this with both an oath and a promise. All priests prior to this were made without making an oath. God set up  the Messiah to be a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. This was both the oath and the promise. And this oath and promise would never change. Verse twenty two states because of this, Jesus is the guarantee of a better covenant.

Verse twenty three says all priests prior to Jesus and Melchizedek couldn’t last forever nor even the Levitical priesthood wouldn’t last forever. Verse twenty four states Jesus lives forever and His priesthood would stand and last forever. His priesthood would be permanent. Verse twenty five states because of this, Jesus is able to totally and completely those who come to God the Father by way of Jesus the Son, because Jesus lives to make  intercession for us.

In verse twenty six we see Jesus, our high priest, able to meet our every need; because He is “holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, and exalted above the heavens”. Verse twenty seven says that all priests in the Levitical system had to make sacrifices for themselves before they could make sacrifices for the people on a daily basis. Not so with Jesus, our high priest. Jesus offered Himself once for all for all sins. In verse twenty eight, we see the priests appointed in the Old Testament were week, but God’s oath made Jesus high priest forever in Melchizedek’s order is forever perfect and His priesthood would last forever. Chapter eight verses one through two finish up the point. Jesus, our great high priest sat down at God’s right hand (signifying power) in heaven; serving sanctuary that the Lord set up and not man.

I sure hope all of these posts are making since here. As always comments, questions, etc are always more then welcome.  Thank you for reading my thoughts today. God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings one and all! I hope and pray all is well with all of you.

This a continuation of the current blog series on the book of Hebrews. In this series I writing some of the work I did while at Sunset. These posts will be on Jesus’ resume as High Priest. This one will be on the humanity of Jesus. Here is what I wrote about that.

First, in Hebrews 2:6b through 8a the writer talks about Christ’s humanity. He talks about how God is mindful of man, how He made Jesus a little lower than the angels, how He crowned Jesus with praise and honor, and put all of His enemies under His feet. God wanted to identify with humanity, therefor Jesus was the one who suspended some of His God-like characteristics for a brief period of time so He could sympathize with humanity. Jesus the Son is just as eternal as God the Father and the Holy Spirit too. But when Jesus became a man, God formed Him just as He did all of us. Therefor He was made a little lower then the angels. Jesus was always crowned with glory and honor when He achieved salvation for us through His life, death, burial, and resurrection. Then God placed all of His eternal enemies under His feet as a footstool. These talk about Job  7:17 and Psalm 8:4-6.

Second, Hebrews 2:12 refers to Psalm 22:22. It talks about Jesus declaring to His brothers the praises of the church, the congregation and how He will declare His Father’s praises. This clearly shows His humanity. This clearly shows He was a human being. He had physical brothers and sisters with whom He had physical relationships with. Jesus had a mother. I believe Jesus had a respectful relationship with the man with whom He had a father-like relationship with: Joseph. Jesus had a family to be part of. And He had a relationship with His mother, earthly father, brothers, and sisters.

Third, Hebrews 2:13 talks about Isaiah 8:17 and 18. Isaiah 8:17 talks about how Jesus would put His ultimate trust in His real Father, God in all His life. In this He would set for us the ultimate example in having an intimate relationship with God the Father. Studying and knowing the scriptures to gain knowledge of the whole counsel of God. Having an active and full prayer life. To be in constant communication and conversation with God the Father. Isaiah 8:18 talks about Jesus saying He kept all the children His Father, God had given to Him. This refers to the twelve disciples who would follow Jesus for three years. Jesus would take them with Him and teach them His life and ministry for three years. All twelve of the disciples where important to Jesus and He strived to include all of them and have an influential relationship with each of them. But in the end eleven were faithful to Him as He was to them. The one who betrayed Jesus ended up killing himself. In Acts a twelfth disciple was added to the group.

Fourth, Hebrews 5:1-3 is a clear reference to the high priest in the Levitical sacrificial system during the Old Testament age. These sacrifices could only be offered by the high priest. That high priest had to offer sacrifices for himself first to make sure he himself was clean and then he could offer sacrifices for the people and for the whole Israelite community also.

Fifth, Hebrews 5:4 states the only ones who could take part in the priesthood were ones who were first called by Almighty God. God first called Aaron and everyone in his Israelite clan there after. The only ones who could serve God in that way were ones who were specifically called by God. Just those amongst Aaron’s priestly geneology could serve in the priesthood. That all changed when Jesus and Melchizedek were selected  by God to serve in this role.

Sixth, Hebrews 5:5 refers to Psalm 2:7. That verse says Jesus would be God’s Son, and God would be Jesus’ Father. God the Father and Jesus the Son were always equal in eternity. But when Jesus left Heaven to come to earth to be our sin bearer God created a human body for His Son. In that instant God became Jesus’ Father, and Jesus became God’s Son. This all happened when Jesus left Heaven to engulf Himself fully in humanity.

Seventh, in Hebrews 5:6 we read another Psalm (110:4) that says Jesus would be a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. In verses 7 through 9 the Hebrew writer elaborates on Jesus’ High Priesthood. How Jesus pleaded with God to save Him from the cross. Ultimately, however, Jesus learned to be submissive by giving Himself to the ultimate will of His Father in Heaven. After His submissive spirit was completed He was named to be the High Priestly possession Melchizedek had in the Old Testament days.

And eighth, Hebrews 5:14-18 state that Jesus wanted to become like us so He can share humanity with us. He did this so He might destroy the devil, who holds the keys to death, so He might save those who have been afraid of death all of their lives. Jesus does this for Abraham’s descendents, both of generations ago, but for all of us; all who long to see Jesus face to face. Jesus wanted to engulf Himself in our humanity in all ways possible so that He could become our high priest that comes to God in our behalf, and makes the necessary sacrifices for our sins. Jesus was tempted in every way like we are so He can help us we face those same temptations.

As always, thank you all for reading my thoughts on here. If anyone has any further thoughts or questions about this, please put them in the comments section on my blog. I’ll be glad to help in any way possible. God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings everyone! I thought of new series of blogs for the book of Hebrews and calling it When The High Priest Sat Down. I hope to emphasize how Jesus is the fulfillment of all the Old Testament sacrifices.

In our class on the book of Hebrews, one of our class assignments was on Jesus’ High Priestly ministry in the book of Hebrews. I thought I would share what I wrote for each of those assignments on here. There are a total of ten.

The first of these is on Jesus’ divinity. Here is what I wrote on this.

The Hebrew writer calls Jesus “the Son the radiance of God’s glory, and the exact representation of His being…” (1:3). There are at least eight different Old Testament passages that talk about claims about Jesus. Notice how these define Jesus’ divinity.

The first Old Testament scripture is Psalm 2:7. In Gerald Paden’s book on Hebrews he says that Jesus is appointed heir of all things. Heirs are appointed to receive their inheritance. This refers to the Messiah because it specks of God becoming Jesus’ Father, and Jesus becomes God’s Son. Jesus, the Son; God, the Father; and the Holy Spirit were all equal throughout all of eternity. When Jesus left Heaven to come to earth to become a man, He became God’s Son, and God became His Father. This shows Jesus is the holy divine Son of God.

The second set of Old Testament scriptures are 2nd Samuel 7:14 and 2nd Chronicles 17:13. These scriptures talk about God being Jesus’ Father, and Jesus being God’s Son. These say, according to Paden’s book, Jesus is the Messiah and is Lord of all things. He is the creator of all things. It is through Jesus the God made all things. These show Jesus’ divinity in that God is the Father and Jesus is the Son.

The third Old Testament scripture is from Psalm 97:7, which talks about all of God’s heavenly angels worship Jesus. Therefore Jesus is the radiance of all things, the radiance of God’s glory (according to Paden’s Hebrews commentary). This shows Jesus’ divinity, because everyone and everything has been created by and through Jesus. Therefore everyone and everything owes it’s allegiance and praise to Jesus.

The forth Old Testament scripture is Psalm 104:4. It speaks of God creating the angels through Jesus. Even angels’ wings. So “Jesus is the exact representation of God’s being. Jesus is the representation of divine nature” (Paden’s Hebrews commentary). The Greek word for “exact representation” is literally “character”. So Jesus is the exact representation of divinity. This shows Jesus’ divinity, because Jesus is the exact representation of God the Father and is the bodily form and representation of God the Father.

The fifth set of Old Testament scriptures are Isaiah 61:1 and 3. These passages say “Jesus is ‘sustaining all things by His powerful words’. ” Jesus is upheld as righteous. His kingdom will last forever. These passages show Jesus’ divinity and holiness in that He is holy and cant’ have any fellowship with wickedness.

The sixth Old Testament passage is Psalm 102:25-27. “The Messiah is the One who ‘provided purification for sins’. It is a fact that sins exist and sin muse be purified if man is going to have a relationship with God”. This shows Jesus’ divinity because He is holy and makes all of His true followers to be holy. He is holy and is able to make us holy as well.

The seventh Old Testament set of scriptures are from Psalm 110:1 and Joshua 10:24. These talk about God seating Jesus at His right hand, the right hand of power. And God will make Jesus’ enemies a footstool for His feat. This also says “Christ accomplished the sacrifice for man’s purification, He “sat down at the right had of the Majesty in heaven”. This shows Jesus’ divinity because He is holy, pure, and powerful. God has placed His Son, at His right hand, the right hand of power, the place of power.

The eighth and final Old Testament reference is from Psalm 103:20. It talks about angels being spirits that serve God’s holy people. They serve those who will inherit salvation from God and His holy and divine Son. This shows Jesus’ divinity, because the angels serve Him, serve God, and serve those who follow Him. They serve all who have a connection with Him.

I hope all of that made since. Any comments, questions, or anything at all? If there is anything anyone who like to say or ask please send them via the comments secti0n on this blog. Thank you all very much. God bless. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings one and all. So sorry I haven’t written in a while.

The following is my last post on the Sacrificial System. The last sacrifice I wanted to talk about is the Red Heifer sacrifice. It is found in Numbers 19.

In this sacrifice, the Israelites were to get a red heifer that had no defects and never worn a yoke. They were to take to the priest and kill outside the camp. Then the priest was to take some of the blood and sprinkle it toward the Tent of Meeting. Then all of the heifer was to be burned. Then the priest was to take some ceder wood, hyssop and scarlet wool and throw all of it on top of the heifer as it burned. At that point, the priest was to wash himself with water. The priest would be ceremonially unclean until the evening of that day. The man who burned the heifer would also be ceremonially unclean until that night (vv 1-8).

Someone who is clean is to gather the ashes of the burned up heifer in a clean bag. This bag is to be left outside the camp. The ashes were to be used in the water of cleansing. It was used for purification of sins. The one who gathers the ashes was to wash his clothes and he would be unclean until night fall (vv 9-10).

Anyone who touches a dead body was to be washed with cleansing water mixed with the red heifer’s ashes  (vv 11-22). Anyone who was washed with the cleansing water was to be unclean until night fall 9v 21b).

This is a really cool sacrifice, because it symbolizes baptism and what Jesus does for us.

This now concludes the series on the Sacrificial System. (If I could right my own book about these sacrifices, I would title it When The High Priest Was Standing.) The next blog series I want to write on is on Hebrews. The book of Hebrews shows how Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of all of the Old Testament sacrifices. If I could write a book on this, I would call it When The High Priest Sat Down. More on that thought in that series.

Thank you all so much for reading my thoughts here. If any one has any comments, questions, or anything else please it on the comments page. God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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