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.