Blogging the Bible- March 7

Hebrews 7-10; Psalm 26

To the Jews, the priest (and namely the High Priest) was their connection to God. Only the Levites were allowed to serve in the Temple and, of them, only those who descended from Aaron could serve as priests and/or High Priest.

Jesus is born of the tribe of Judah, the line of David. As the writer says, not a tribe associated with the priesthood, yet the writer sets Jesus up as the greater priest. He is from a different line of priests and the story of Melchizedek is told. Because his parents are not named and his death is not spoken of, it is said that he is a priest forever. Though we know of Jesus’ birth, his parents, he is named in this same category because of the power of a life that cannot be destroyed.

The Levitical priesthood was flawed because it was led by men who had to first sacrifice for their own sins and then the sins of the people. Jesus is blameless. He doesn’t have to resolve His own sin before mediating for the people so His life opens up for us a new connection to God. No longer are we limited to one man, one time a year going behind the veil to meet with God. Now we can approach God ourselves through Jesus.

The sacrifice of the Levitical priests did not eliminate sin, the writer mentions that it is more of a reminder of sin. Jesus priesthood effectively covers sin by His blood shed for sin on the cross. Jesus came to be rid of the problem once for all and upon His return He will bring to judgment those who have not responded to His sacrifice. To those who have accepted His sacrifice, He will take to their salvation waiting for them.

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~ by mikefoster on March 7, 2016.

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