Hebrews 7:20

“And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath,” The appointment of Jesus as an eternal priest and thus His priesthood as a never-ending one was significant. It was more significant because it was done with an oath. The oath was necessary as God’s word […]

Hebrews 7:19

“(for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.” Now we know why the author of Hebrews called the old law useless and weak. It could not make anything perfect. Since God is perfect, then it is not surprising that He […]

Hebrews 7:18

“For, on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness.” We are about to get two reasons that God abolished the first law. This verse gives us the first one. The Law, as given to Moses, had two fatal flaws. First, the Law was weak. It lacked the […]

Hebrews 7:17

“For it is witnessed of him, ‘You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.’” This quote comes from Psalm 110:4. The entirety of this psalm is related to the aspect of the promised messiah king. It is the psalm where David calls the Messiah, Lord. The one who has witnessed this of Jesus […]

Hebrews 7:16

“Who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life.”   The author understands the Jewish argument for the priesthood. He is quick to point out that Jesus is not connected to that argument in the least. The Hebrews lived in a […]

Hebrews 7:15

“This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek,” Jesus is from the tribe of Judah, but that is only significant in the sense that Judah was the tribe of kings and not the tribe of priests. When Jesus was announced as the priest of the new people of God, […]

Hebrews 7:15

“This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek,” Jesus is from the tribe of Judah, but that is only significant in the sense that Judah was the tribe of kings and not the tribe of priests. When Jesus was announced as the priest of the new people of God, […]

Hebrews. 7:14

“For it is evident that our Lord descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe, Moses said nothing about priests.” The author is stating his premise in a different, but it is the same point. Mose is substituted here as the Law. Moses, via the law, only mentioned one tribe in connection with the […]

Hebrews 7:13

“For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar.” In other words, the law required that those who served at the altar be of the house of Aaron and the tribe of Levi. Jesus could not be a priest, much less […]

Hebrews 7:12

“For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well.” This statement makes little sense if the priesthood is a result of the law but perfect sense if the law is a result of the priesthood. But, isn’t the priesthood described in the law? Yes, it […]