The Weekend Word
11 Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?
- Psalm 110:4 – David prophesized a new type of priesthood
- The Jewish audience would have thought that the Levitical priesthood was the end. – But they missed that.
- Again, this is another reason that you cannot understand the OT properly without looking at the NT
- What did Psalm 110 mean to them?
12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well.
- This is a change maker
- From 1 passage in Genesis and 1 verse in a Psalm – it has come and it changed the whole law of God.
13 For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
- The realization that Jesus is not from the tribe of Levi – but the tribe of Judah.
15 This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek,
16 who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life.
- What is the basis of his priesthood and it’s legitimacy?
- The power that comes from an indestructible life.
17 For it is witnessed of him, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”
- People always want to fiddle with names; priest vs pastor.
- I have heard people say – “You do not need to go through a person / a man to get to God… But you do need a priest and that priest is Jesus.
- But that is not good enough … it takes away the person, man, body of Jesus.
- Don’t accept anything less – you need to go through a man to get to God.
18 For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness
- Out with the old – In with the new
19 (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.
- Perfect = complete – So, the law makes nothing complete
- Jesus is that new something – that is both perfect and complete … and he hands that down to us.
- Actually, he clothes us in that perfection and completeness in our baptism.
- What’s the best we can hope for in our own skin? Getting 100% on our driving test?
20 And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath,
- The new priesthood is instituted through an oath
- The old Levitical priesthood was established by a command
21 but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever.’”
22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant. The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office,
- That will definitely stop you
24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.
- Jesus died once and was resurrected – continues forever
- Don’t lose the context – Jesus is a better priesthood.
- There was no permanence to the Levitical priesthood
- One serves his time, dies and is replaced.
- How long has Jesus been High Priest?
25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
- Save to the uttermost – completely OR forever – disputed
- With Jesus, you don’t have to worry that if you lose your HP, you will lose your access to God
- Jesus is making intercession for us – what is that intercession?
- We can be sure that whatever it is – we need it.
26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.
- Jesus is HOLY.
- Not just set apart holy like we are
- But undefiled by sin HOLY
- This is a big difference – we can be holy, but we cannot NOT be sinners.
27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.
- If there was ever questions about what Jesus did – this verse should clear it up
- Jesus does not need to first make up for his sin
- There is nothing left to do
- These people need to know that – and we need to know that.
28 For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.
- A short summary of chapter 7