(28 verses, 3:51 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Jesus is the great High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek, and as a High Priest he has offered the sacrifice of Himself.
MARK & LEARN
- Jesus is born of the tribe of Judah, and as such is the eternal King. But this brings a question, “How can He also be a priest?” The priests were from a different tribe, the tribe of Levi. This chapter pulls together the account of Abraham’s visit with Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18-20) and David’s theological reflection on the same (Psalm 110) to make the case that Jesus is given His priestly office through this High Priest.
- “Melchizedek” is Hebrew for “King of Righteousness” (Hebrews 7:2). “Salem” is the Hebrew word for “peace.”
- The outline of the chapter is thus:
- 7:1-4, Melchizedek blessed Abraham and Abraham offered an offering to Melchizedek.
- 7:5-10, Levi, in Abraham’s loins, also participated in these things.
- 7:11-13, The shortcomings of the Levitical priesthood for perfection.
- 7:14-22, Jesus, born of Judah, received the greater order of Melchizedek’s priesthood.
- 7:23-28, a comparison of Jesus’ greater priesthood to the lesser Levitical priesthood.
- 7:25-28 outlines the priestly work of Jesus on our behalf. Especially 7:25 has the wonderful promise of Jesus priestly intercession, “He ever lives to intercede for us.” These verses are fantastic fodder for our meditation and prayers.
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-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller