Hebrews 9:11-28 The Permanent

It didn’t end here. This is just the beginning of once for all

We come to the fulfilment of the permanent covenant with Jesus as the mediator and sacrifice. The covenant with no end and the perfect sacrifice.

When God gave all His promises to men He required a blood sacrifice to seal it. In the Garden of Eden it was the animal that gave up its life so Adam and Eve could be covered, spiritually and physically. With Noah it was the clean animals once the ark finally rested on dry ground. With Abraham it was the pairs of animals that Abraham walked between. And with the Mosaic law it was all the sacrificial animals that were brought before the Lord. Read more »

Hebrews 9:1-10 The Temporary

As elaborate as it was it was still only “skin deep” and temporary

We are taking a moment to look at the old covenant and the requirements for worship within it. The focus is on the Tent of Meetings.

When Moses was given the Law he was also given specific instructions for a place of worship. EVERY detail was specified by God and crafted to those exacting details. Even the rings holding the curtain were specified in the design.

I find it interesting that a people who wanted a physical god they could follow now had something visual that they could look to. God didn’t give them the Tent of Meetings and all it contained so they could worship it but a place to worship its Creator. Read more »

Hebrews 8:1-13 A New Promise

Something was missing before. Now it is complete through Jesus.

Now onto why we needed a new High Priest. A new High Priest for a new promise!

If we were going to keep with the old promise we wouldn’t need a new High Priest. God would have continued on with the Levitical priesthood. But the promise that we were given through Moses wasn’t enough. It couldn’t save anyone. It reminded the people of God and was designed to keep them close to Him. And it depended on man to do his part.

The new promise had to come from outside. This promise was actually the fulfilment of the original promise made to Adam and Eve. The promise of a true Savior, not just a stop gap.

The rules and regulations given with the first promise were kept in a sacred place and away from the people. They were dependent on someone else to interpret and convey them to the people. Our new promise is written on our hearts and the Interpreter is the Holy Spirit. We keep the full promise with us daily. Read more »

Hebrews 7:11-28 Comparing the Two

A better High Priest than the law could provide.

The priesthood of Aaron was not sufficient. We needed a High Priest of a different line. We need Jesus as our High Priest.

Melchizedek was the first priest named in the bible. He was outside of the Law God would give to Moses later on. We are not given any specifics of how he attained this distinction or calling but we can be certain that it was through God and not man. The reason I say this is because God said that Jesus would be of the same order. “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek” (verse 17). Read more »

Hebrews 7:1-10 Melchizedek

On a mission blessed by God.

Our author takes us back to Genesis where we find Melchizedek and Abraham’s interaction. He is laying the groundwork for the comparison of Jesus’ and Melchizedek’s priesthoods.

In the story of Melchizedek and Abraham, we meet God’s Most High Priest. We never before or after encounter this man again in scripture but this encounter was VERY important.

Abraham was on his way home from a fierce battle. I’m sure the word had spread like wildfire of Abraham’s defeat of the four northern kings who had just defeated five southern kings. On the way home, they had to pass Salem; known later by the name of Jerusalem.

The king of Salem, Melchizedek, came out to Abraham with food and drinks and more importantly, a blessing from God. Our Hebrews author tells us the meaning of this man’s name. “He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace” (verse 6). More than his name and his place of leadership we know he had a special role. He was “priest of the Most High God” (verse 1a). So we can be certain that this welcome mission he was on was directed by God. Read more »