Hebrews 7

Hebrews 7 has the writer continuing to talk about Jesus as High Priest.  Jewish Christians would have been very interested in Jesus as their High Priest, but would have had a significant objection to the idea. He just wasn’t qualified according to their expectations.  This is because Jesus did not come from the priestly tribe (the tribe of Levi) or the priestly family (the family of Aaron).  He just wasn’t up to their standards.  They were struggling with with the truth of the gospel. These intellectual hang-ups were keeping them from continuing on to maturity in Jesus.

So the writer focuses on Jesus by admitting He wasn’t really aligned with their expectations.  But that doesn’t mean Jesus wasn’t High Priest.  “This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life”.  Jesus has changed the rules of the game.  He didn’t have to be a Levite from the family of Aaron.  He was qualified by being God’s Son – one who conquered death and had eternal life.

That’s the High priest we have now.  “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, You are a priest forever. This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant”.  The law is valuable as it shows us God’s perfect standard, but it was not ultimately intended to be the basis of a man’s walk with God. It is a relationship with Jesus that matters. He alone is the way to eternal life. “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”.  Jesus is our intercessor.  He is our Savior.

Jesus is the perfect High Priest.  “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 set a new standard.  He was the perfect answer to the problem of sin.  He is the solution to the law.  “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”.  Jesus is the answer.  He is the only answer.  And each of us needs to determine our response to God’s offer to cleanse our sin through the power of His shed blood.

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