Today you should read: Hebrews 7
This is a heavy chapter with a lot to talk about. Let’s do some rapid fire overview and touch on some key points and then land on the overall theme here.
- Melchizedek, who is he?
We have little knowledge of who this guy was. In fact, all we really have is the account in Genesis 14:18-20 where he meets, blesses and receives tithe from Abram and the prophecy in Psalm 110:4 that Jesus would be a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Then we have the writer of Hebrews explaining to us here who he was and what he represents as an Old Testament Messianic figure. That’s it. As to who he was exactly and answering what the writer of Hebrews says about him in today’s reading is both debatable and much too long for us to discuss today.
- Here, we see the law being set aside for the new, better covenant in Jesus
Even though the law was set and God had put into place a Levitical priesthood through Aaron, he had already made provision, beforehand, to have another priesthood in place that would represent the priesthood that Jesus would come from. As is the case in many places throughout the bible, we see a stark contrast between the old and new covenants, between the old law and the law of grace we have in Jesus.
- Big point: Jesus is our high priest
This is such a great picture for us, one of my favorites. We read in verse 25 that He is able to save us forever and to intercede with God on our behalf. What an awesome picture. Jesus, everyday, stands before God and says, “Look at him or her, they are mine. I have purchased them for you. They are forgiven. I have paid their debt. Their sins are washed away.” If that isn’t a picture to get you through your day I don’t know what is.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd