Bible Study: Hebrews 7

Read Hebrews 7

The end of Hebrews 6 again mentions Jesus as “a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” 7 goes into the history that we previously linked to in Genesis 14. Abraham gave him a tenth of all he had, 400 years before the Law was given to Moses at Sinai. Hebrews 7 describes Melchizedek as without without father or mother, not having beginning or end. He has no genealogy which stands in contrast to the well established genealogies of Aaron, the first Levitical priest, and of Jesus. You may encounter speculation that goes in all sorts of directions, from Melchizedek actually being an appearance of Christ in the flesh in the Old Testament to the idea that he literally lived forever. Very little is said about him in Genesis but the writer of Hebrews devotes seven chapters to describing his priesthood. The important thing is this: that the ministry of Jesus Christ is greater. He is superior to Aaron and Melchizedek. He is the minister of a better covenant than any Old Testament priest because if the former were sufficient there would be no need for another. (Heb. 7:11)

Jesus is the guarantor of a better covenant. There were many Old Testament priests because their death necessitated another take their office. Jesus lives forever to make intercession. Verse 25 says he able to save to the uttermost because of this fact. He has no need to offer sacrifices daily, for himself or the people, as other priests did because his own sacrifice is all sufficient. He offered himself once and for all time. We will look further into the offerings brought by priests next week.

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