Summary: To show the need of group of human priests.
Are you a royal priesthood?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show the need of group of human priests.
Hebrews 7:23 (Amplified Bible)
7:23 [Again, the former successive line of priests] was made up of many, because they were each prevented by death from continuing [perpetually in office];
Thank You, JESUS, for I am made a royal priesthood because of Your Finished Work on the Cross. I am a royal priesthood, bought with a price, to set forth GOD's wonderful deeds, display the virtues and perfections of JESUS to the world.
Group of Human Priests
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. Group of human priests
"[Again, the former successive line of priests] was made up of many,"
Hebrews 7:8 (Amplified Bible)
7:8 Furthermore, here [in the Levitical priesthood] tithes are received by men who are subject to death; while there [in the case of Melchizedek], they are received by one of whom it is testified that he lives [perpetually].
1 Chronicles 6:1-14 (Amplified Bible)
6:1 THE SONS of Levi: Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.
6:2 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
6:3 The children of Amram: Aaron, Moses, and Miriam. The sons also of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
6:4 Eleazar was the father of Phinehas, Phinehas of Abishua.
6:5 Abishua was the father of Bukki, and Bukki of Uzzi,
6:6 Uzzi of Zerahiah, and Zerahiah of Meraioth,
6:7 Meraioth of Amariah, and Amariah of Ahitub,
6:8 Ahitub of Zadok, and Zadok of Ahimaaz,
6:9 Ahimaaz of Azariah, and Azariah of Johanan,
6:10 Johanan of Azariah, who was priest in the temple Solomon built in Jerusalem,
6:11 Azariah of Amariah, and Amariah of Ahitub,
6:12 Ahitub of Zadok, and Zadok of Shallum,
6:13 Shallum of Hilkiah, and Hilkiah of Azariah,
6:14 Azariah of Seraiah, and Seraiah of Jehozadak;
You may read 1 Chronicles Chapter 6 and see the list of many human priests who are in the priest's office so that they can continue perpetually. Some of the priest's name are marked by Aleph-Tav's name. Also read Numbers Chapters 1 to 3.
B. They can't continue perpetually because of death
"because they were each prevented by death from continuing [perpetually in office];"
Hebrews 9:27 (Amplified Bible)
9:27 And just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, and after that the [certain] judgment,
Nehemiah 12:10-11 (Amplified Bible)
12:10 And Jeshua was the father of Joiakim, Joiakim of Eliashib, Eliashib of Joiada,
12:11 Joiada was the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan of Jaddua.