“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.”
For the Jewish brethren, the idea of another priesthood other than the Levitical one was a difficult concept. The writer wants to discuss it because it is paramount to his audience’s understanding of the work of Jesus. They, of course, knew the story of Melchizedek and his interaction with Abraham. But, that happened before the Levitical priesthood was established. Once that was done, then no other priesthood was in their purview.
With the Levitical-Aaronic priesthood in their religion for hundreds of years, they would find it hard to understand the need to change to something completely out of the Tora loop. Even today, the Christ priesthood and Christ as high priest is not the subject of common Christian discussion and language. Yes, Christians talk about the cross and the death of Jesus. They will discuss Jesus as intercessor and king but not too much is said about His role as high priest in the salvation process.
What does it mean to be dull of hearing? It could be something like our expression, “Don’t confuse me with the facts; my mind is made up.” Dull of hearing may also mean a lack of attention to the good news because we have something else figured out. We may be focusing on other attributes of Jesus and not really keen on hearing about priests and priesthood. Jesus was constantly encouraging those who had ears to listen.
Task for Today: To begin with we should pay attention when Jesus is talking to us. That is a good place to start today. Listen to the voice of God. His message is all around you. It’s in the world and in the Word. Open your ears and hear the divine one. Pay close attention to what He is saying to you as you read His Word. Where you are lacking in knowledge, seek to fill the gap.