Summary: The Hebrew’s audience was informed of the need for a perfecting priesthood. Mankind needs a means of access to God & thus a perfecting priesthood. But What are its demands? A perfecting priesthood demands a...
The DEMANDS OF A PERFECTING PRIESTHOOD—Hebrews 7:11-28
Can I be accepted/perfect before God? Can I earn His favor? If I follow the law spelled out in the Bible, will that make me accepted?
Mankind(in general) desperately wants to be accepted by his/her God. But we carry differing opinions as to how this can be accomplished.
I must know the truth regarding my status before God. Otherwise I will pointlessly waste my limited time on this earth with frivolous endeavors.
We must be accepted by God to find our peace, path & purpose.
But in order to do that we must rightly represent ourselves before Him.
Can we be sure that God accepts us?
& if so...
How can we be sure that God accepts us?
The Hebrew’s audience was informed of the need for a perfecting priesthood.
Mankind needs a means of access to God.
Mankind needs a perfecting priesthood.
What defines a perfecting priesthood?
What are the marks of a completing priesthood?
4 demands of a perfecting priesthood.
1—A perfecting priesthood demands a...
Change of ORDER(:11)
:11—“Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, & not be called according to the order of Aaron?”
“Therefore”—The writer makes a rhetorical statement made for the sake of argument, which is done in response to the questions which will surely arise in his audience of Jewish converts.
This directly intersects us in that we assume following certain behavioral rules & patterns endears us to God just as the Jews.
“If perfection”—The audience, at the very depth of their being, is concerned with the “perfection” they receive “through the Levitical priesthood”. This should be a concern for every human being on earth of every generation. In fact many have this concern but misplace their trust in something/someone thru which perfection cannot be attained. Like the Jews who deny Jesus as Messiah, they cannot receive the perfection.
The Jews interpret the reception of God’s intended perfection for them thru reception of the law of God. & indeed if that were the case then there would be no need for “another priest” to arise “according to the order of Melchizedek”. He would instead or rather have been “called”/arisen according to the order of Aaron. That is, he would have continued in the same order as Aaron, ministering according to the law & officiating continually in regard to animal & cereal & drink offerings for sin.
God’s Moral law stands permanently(Adultery, Homosexuality, Theft, Murder, Lying, Covetousness, etc.). These encompass God’s desire for humanity thru our relationships with one another. Acceptance of these relationships simultaneously prepares our hearts for relationship with the Almighty God.
God’s Ceremonial law(limited to Israel thru Temple) is set aside.