- Hebrews 7:4-8:7
- Hebrews 7:9-10 – This illustrates the greatness of Melchizedek. Even in Abraham’s time, his priesthood was greater than the priesthood of Levi, given that Levi in a sense gave tithes to Melchizedek, being still in the loins of Abraham.
- Hebrews 7:11-12 – Perfection could not be found under the Law of Moses, so there must necessarily be a change of law and priesthood.
- Hebrews 7:13-14 – For Jesus to serve as high priest, he had to operate under a new law and a new priesthood. Jesus was from the tribe of Judah – not Levi.
- Hebrews 7:16 – Jesus was a high priest after the order of Melchizedek not based on family descent but based on His indestructible life. This may imply that Melchizedek was a heavenly being taking the form of a man on earth.
- Hebrews 7:23-25 – Unlike human priests under the Law of Moses, Jesus serves as a high priest permanently.
- Hebrews 7:26 – Jesus is the best possible high priest – holy, innocent, and exalted.
- Hebrews 8:1-2 – Jesus serves as a high priest and ministers in the new tabernacle – the saved relationship. See Exodus 20:24. God recorded His name in the tabernacle and then the temple. Today, He records His name in the saved relationship, which is the new temple.
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