Summary: To show that our priesthood are from different rank and our Great High Priest is CHRIST alone.
If you are a priest, who is your Great High Priest?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that our priesthood are from different rank and our Great High Priest is CHRIST alone.
Hebrews 7:15 (Amplified Bible)
7:15 And this becomes more plainly evident when another Priest arises Who bears the likeness of Melchizedek,
I am a royal priesthood of GOD, and CHRIST is my Great High Priest.
Another Priest In The Likeness Of Melchizedek
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Another Priest arises which made things more plainly evident
"And this becomes more plainly evident when another Priest arises"
Aaron and Levitical priesthood shortcomings:
1. Aaron came out of anger of the LORD, as a substitute for Moses
Exodus 4:14 (Amplified Bible)
4:14 Then the anger of the Lord blazed against Moses; He said, Is there not Aaron your brother, the Levite? I know he can speak well. Also, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be overjoyed.
2. Aaron and Moses were old and also died
Exodus 7:7 (Amplified Bible)
7:7 Now Moses was 80 years old and Aaron 83 years old when they spoke to Pharaoh.
3. Aaron can be persuaded by the people to commit idolatry, weak leadership
Exodus 32:3-4 (Amplified Bible)
32:3 So all the people took the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron.
32:4 And he received the gold at their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it a molten calf; and they said, These are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt!
4. Took an oath when there were restored to service
Ezra 10:5 (Amplified Bible)
10:5 Then Ezra arose and made the chiefs of the priests, the Levites, and all Israel swear that they would do as had been said. So they took the oath.
and there are more which we can't discussed because of time.
B. This Priest bears the likeness of Melchizedek
"Who bears the likeness of Melchizedek"
Some characteristics of CHRIST's Eternal Great Priesthood are:
1. No Beginning Priesthood
Hebrews 7:3 (Amplified Bible)
7:3 Without [record of] father or mother or ancestral line, neither with beginning of days nor ending of life, but, resembling the Son of God, he continues to be a priest without interruption and without successor.
2. Perfect Priesthood not in the order or Aaron and Levites
Hebrews 7:11 (Amplified Bible)
7:11 Now if perfection (a perfect fellowship between God and the worshiper) had been attainable by the Levitical priesthood—for under it the people were given the Law—why was it further necessary that there should arise another and different kind of Priest, one after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one appointed after the order and rank of Aaron?