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Hebrews 7 "The Melchizedek Priesthood"

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • May 9, 2009
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Froissart Hoffman we have a word of her souls are hence father in heaven thank you for the sound of it we can study from your word buses not as we stay he restructure seventy day maybe a blessing for us to understand you Jesus is our high priest so we've done first six chapters of Hebrews now were moving along were nearing the halfway mark the first chapters give and it were still discounted getting warmed up to the point of the book of Hebrews were in again and in the next few weeks here so just by way every year he is chapter one proves that Jesus is God and that he's better than the Angels achievers Chapter Syria proves that Jesus was fully man and he's better than any other man is everyone he was chapter three as a reminder to the Israelites cannot harden their hearts as their forefathers that in the wilderness and a reminder that Christ is better than Moses Heber 's chapter for sure is that even though Josh would got the children of Israel indicating an they didn't enter into God 's wrath in the way to enter into God 's rest is through Jesus Christ and then chapter five Paul starts the show the qualifications of Jesus as our high Priest and he starts to get warmed up and then he takes a diversion and criticizes the Hebrews four being dull appearing for not knowing the meat of the word of God and only knowing the milk of the word and him a menace and for us today as well she not just know the milk of the word with him to be partakers of astronomy and he continues on chapter six and toward the end of chapter six he gets back to the point of the qualifications of Christ as our high Priest now last week I rushed through chapter six frequently there's just a couple of points that I want to make about chapter six that we can arrest your last in verse twelve a keeper chapter six Paul says that ye be not slothful but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises so Paul is then rebuking the Hebrews for basically being lazy for not knowing the Bible the way they should and so he says don't be lazy but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises now we talked about this last week but there's cheap people the Paul mentions right after this verse that he gives is the ad examples of those who demonstrate faith patient and this is of course important to God last date people because the hundred and forty four thousand are described as having faith and patience and the patients of the saints and the faith of Jesus said could we follow that entry through faith and patience inherit the promises of the first example is Abraham and we see this in verses thirteen through eighteen Abraham was given the promise I know that through Sam all nations of the earth would be plus the mental stars in the sky so what is CD and in verse fifteen it's as after he had patiently endeared he obtained the promise nothing about this this is what we can have time to talk about last week to check about twenty five years for Abraham to have Isaac after God gave him the promise twenty five years so that's patient endurance and waiting for a promise and when Paul says that you do not slothful but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises here's an example of faith and patience Abraham still have faith that God 's promise would be true and he had the patience to wait for of course you can say well yeah he did but what about Ishmael yet he actually did get impatient and so God has a proven one more time and this time he said offer up your only son Isaac whom you love on mount Mariah and Abraham really was going to do that in Hebrews eleven is will get their shows that Abraham believed that God would raise Isaac up from the death now here's the interesting thing there had never been a resurrection before so that's the kind of faith that Abraham had he believed that God could do something that had never been done before that's faith and patience patience he waited twenty five years phase believing in God to do something that it never been done before so that's an example for a sense why Abraham the father the faithful so after he patiently endured he obtained the promise it's interesting in him Romans four with respect to Abraham believing that God could give them a child is that he was strong in faith giving glory to God in Genesis twenty two fifteen the angel tells a raptor about after he was about to slay Isaac now I know that you truly fear me that Abraham feared God and gave glory he's an example of faith and patience serve that qualifies him to be the father of the faithful so that's Abraham he's one of our examples to follow who through faith and patience inherit the promises and then in verse nineteen and the numbers twenty talks about Jesus as the forerunner he is injured within the veil and he's made an high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek now the remainder of our study today it can be tightened about Jesus being high priest after the order of Melchizedek the notice of this Jesus is mentioned as the forerunner so again which told us follow those you through faith and patience inherit the promises Jesus is the forerunner so if he's the forerunner that means he goes first and we follow after accents and how how did Jesus go ahead and what is the example that he gives us well earlier in the chapter so that we follow those who through faith and patience inherit the promises in Hebrews chapter five we see that Jesus though he were a son yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered and being made perfect he became the author of eternal salvation and all them that obey him called of God an high priest after the order of Melchizedek others is interesting and humorous fibers the seven through ten Jesus goes to the experience of offering supplication with strong crying and tears ember turned many feared to hear Jesus fears God that Abraham he learned obedience by the things which he suffered he was made perfect becomes the author of eternal salvation to all those eBay okay him and that qualifies them to be high priest after the order of milk doesn't it in Hebrew sex we see that he's the forerunner and that he's a high priest after the order Melchizedek so what what was the way that Jesus ran for us as the forerunner it was learning obedience to the things which he suffered which qualifies him to be high priest after the order of Melchizedek and he becomes the author of eternal salvation to all those who obey him know we talked about this in the squad before where else in the book of Hebrews is a talk about Jesus being the author so here in Heber society and sixties the author of eternal salvation to all those who obey him he's our forerunner where else in the book of Hebrews is using the author Hebrew 's twelve Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and we are told to run the race with patients that is set before us looking images is the author and finisher of our faith so what was that race set before us the same race that Jesus ran as the forerunner he learned obedience through the things which he suffered and so we are called to lay aside every weight in the sin which doth so easily beset us and run with patients the race set before us and Jesus is one that we are to follow to through faith and patience inherit the promises now it's interesting the hundred and forty four thousand they have the patience of the saints said to Jesus and they have the faith of Jesus so to Jesus so Abraham is the father of the faithful Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith in God lastly people have patience and may have the faith of Jesus so I gave her sex is talking about here is how it's giving us a prescription of how to be part of a hundred and forty four thousand how that's to follow those future faith and patience inherit the promises okay how did they through faith and patience inherit the promises Abraham had patiently waited twenty five years for Isaac Abraham had faith he was there to offer up Isaac and believe that God could do something that had never been done before and some people say with respect to the hundred and forty four thousand live never seen a perfect person to my wife's house Gog and have a whole group of people that are obedient and have the same fate that Jesus and all I say is if the word of God says that it's going to happen whether or not your opinion agrees with it or not because that's what the power of God 's word is the message on a faith Abraham and so anyway I wanted to just get a few of those points as we rush through a pretty quickly last week self-esteem or six now know related to Hebrew seven and Paul wanted to get to Hebrew seven verse one when he got the fever chapter five verse ten when he got the receptor fivers ten he realized that the Hebrew people were not ready to understand the concept of Jesus being a high priest after the order of Melchizedek they take the detour for viewers five eleven basically the Hebrew six nineteen and twenty so today we're going to get into this concept and era Chapter seven of the notices of that priesthood now we have two new a microphone that I like to volunteer to read Hebrew chapters seven versus one three three he was chapter seven versus one three three or ever hear you through seven one two three for this Melchizedek king of Salem priest of the most high God who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all first being by interpretation king of righteousness and after that also King of Salem which is seeing of peace without father without mother without descent having neither beginning of days nor end of life but made like unto the son of God abide at the priest continually her firm now call to talk about not for the neck and up until this point even making some references to Jesus being a high priest that he was made a high priest after the order of Melchizedek now in the Jewish system that frees them that we are familiar with available medical priesthood so now Paul is going to prove that Jesus is actually after the order of a different priesthood that follows very different rule rules than that Levitical priesthood so let's look at milk says of the milk has a knack with king of Salem and he was priest of the most high God so Melchizedek with free and King and Ryan right off we see a difference between the Levitical priesthood in the Levitical priesthood the Levitical priests were free but they were not kidding so Melchizedek was a thing and he was a priest so that's the first difference that we see and view everything we see is Abraham met Melchizedek when he slaughtered the Kansas is one lot and the city of Sodom was taken captive in Abraham formed in Armenian when and defeated them in he took the spoils on his way back he meets Melchizedek and Melchizedek blesses Abraham so Abraham of course is a key figure to the Hebrew people and immersed you notice physicist to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of also what Abraham viewed to Melchizedek quantity a neighborhood that Melchizedek you give them time he gave Melchizedek ten percent of his earnings analysis interests Melchizedek 's priesthood and team receives ten percent from Abraham and Abraham is the father of the faithful that we just talked about new research now he's got to come back to this point about Abraham so Melchizedek continued on here he is a king of righteousness King King of Salem which is the town which is King of peace and even the king of righteousness the king of peace interesting that Jesus is the king who reigns in righteousness and peace citizen similarities numbers three is where all some people have gotten confused about the origin of Melchizedek says he's without father without mother without dissent in the marginal reading his pedigree without pedigree having neither beginning of days nor end of life that may liken to the son of God abide in the priest continually the people here ever since they the description of this person number three describes God as either have to be Jesus Christ or the holy spirit or something like that and we have to understand is in the Levitical priesthood in order to qualify to be up free in the Levitical system you had to prove that you were a Levite with strict genealogical records Amway scholars believe in one of the scholars that I've used to help understand this principle is sound in a Landry S and he's written a book on Hebrews it's very good if you don't have it to get back together in the Landry is in the book of Hebrews and the point that is made here is that we have no genealogical record of Melchizedek we don't know who his father and mother were and we don't know what happened Jim there is no record of where he came from or when he died there's only a few verses I believe there's like to see verses in Genesis and then again in Psalms once and very little is said about Milt Melchizedek so we don't know where he came from we don't know where he went we don't know who his family it had agree is true his descendents were and so because of that what we know that he was a priest of the most high God and as far as we know no one ever replaced obviously he died but no one replaced where his political priesthood there was always a replacement for the love boat medical priests and the rule of the rules of the game for the Levitical priests were the all once you turn fifty years all he had to retire and then your son would take over so your son might be twenty twenty five years old and seven you would be a priest for twenty five to thirty years but the priesthood was always changing and the Levitical priesthood worth up to the next as far as we know see did not have a replacement of previous so that's basically what verse three means not continuing on in verse four C with some volunteer to read verses four through seven heaters chapter seven verses four through seven are done here and in the middle Hebrews seven forty seven now consider how great this man was just as in the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoil and indeed those two are the sons of Levi who received the priest said have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law that is from their brethren though they have come from the wind and Abraham but those whose genealogies is not derived from them each type from Abraham and blessed him who had prompted now beyond all contradictions the less there is blessed by the better for knows what Paul does here Abraham is the great patriarch who is read Beard by the Hebrew people as they are father and Abraham is called the patriarch by Paul beneath his life consider how great milk has a deck was because the patriarch Abraham gave him a sample of the spoils was left to be a really great man here the patriarch Abraham Hayes tied the knot says that this is a great man and what the Levites noticed you were the priests they have a commandment to take five from the peaceful according to the law over they came out of Abraham the Levites are sons of Abraham they were of course one Levi was one of the sons of Jacob and Jacob was the grandson of Abraham so the late Levites are great Levi was the great grandson of Abraham and the Levites you have the office of the priesthood are the direct assistance of Abraham and yet the patriarch Abraham from him the Levitical priesthood came out of hates five set the high priest notes that the so guess she was a better priest the Melchizedek priesthood because the Levites paid tied to Abraham through Abraham so to speak and it's interesting Abraham to have the promises of God was lost by milk so that is so in verse seven Paul says without all contradiction the less is blast of the better city with lots of wall switches Abraham Abraham of blood and he is described as being less amount to the neck is described as being better now why is in Porton for Paul to make Melchizedek better the neighborhood because what he's doing as if milk has a neck is better than Abrahams and the priesthood that came out of the Abraham line the Levitical priesthood will be last then the priesthood of Melchizedek and if Jesus comes from the mouth of the neck for Ethan that means there's free food is better the moment the Levitical priesthood so that's what Paul is doing you're the really agree way to explain the priesthood of Christ now continuing on let's read verses eight through eleven is there a volunteer to read Hebrew seven verses eight through eleven he receptors is a thrill of similar column people or events Erica Keever seven versus a thrilling here mortal men received tides that there he received then of whom it is witness that he lives even Levi who receives tides paid tithes to Abraham so to speak but he was still in the loins of his father when milk is a TechNet have therefore if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood for a address the people receive the law what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Nokia 's attack and not be called according to the order of Aaron 's continuing on a verse a talked about none that I received five speaking of the weight Levitical priests may are subject to death that there is no record of death among milk visit is not to say that he denied her that he still alive it's the state is no record of his death and it fits perfectly into Christ Avenue and ever living priesthood they make the point again Levi who received tithes paid tithes and Abraham for you here in the loins of his father Abraham when Melchizedek met Abraham so by the time you get the verse eleven the point is this if we would've received perfect action Journal of medical free food and that's the priesthood by which the people receive the ceremonial law what further need was there that another free should arise at the order of milk says a deck and not be called after the order of air here's the point what good has the Levitical priesthood done for us as he repeatedly speaking to the Hebrews has the broadest perfection or have we entered into God 's rest are have our sins done taken away says he and the obvious answer is no they have not been the priesthood continued on and on a new priest would replace the old one continually bet the same old things continued on and there was no getting away with sent and what Paul is saying here is that there was need for another priest to come after the order of milk so that someone who was a cool rate on the order Melchizedek Melchizedek blessed Abraham was the father the faithful and we need someone who is greater than a brand 's Yukon asked free to bring perfection to God 's people because the Levitical priests couldn't do that so continuing on see versus twelve through seventeen we do have a volunteer to read verses twelve to seventeen of hubris the year for the priesthood being changed and necessity there is also a change in the lot for he whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe from which no man has officiated at the altar Fran is evident that our Lord rose from June at which tribe Moses spoke now being concerning priesthood and it is yet far more admitting and in the likeness of knocking again there are writing another priest who has come not according to the lot of a fleshly commandment but according to the power of an endless life forty testifies you are a priest forever according to the order of notice it at the server starting in verse twelve this is for the priesthood being changed there is made of necessity a change also the law and the speaking of a law that the balata we just talk about verse eleven the law the priesthood the priesthood was change the law the priests it must be changed and also the ceremonial law was changed and then in verse thirteen we know that were speaking of Christ being high priest because Paul's mention in five are systemic crisis meta- recently ordered Melchizedek he says again and he was six first twenty crisis meta- receptor the order of Melchizedek CRE network policy allowing and he said describing the characteristics of Melchizedek said in the first twelve versus eleven verse eleven versus three of the research units as for CFU methinks her spoken hurricane a few another drive so we never speaking of Christ's here and we know that Christ came from the tribe of Judah that's obvious from and we know that the tribe of Judah had nothing to do with a priest according to the medical law according to the ceremonial law according to the laws given to the Israelites by Moses the tribe of Judah had nothing to do with a priest and yet Christ is being made a high priests from the tried in June which means that the law of the priesthood has been changed that once Christ became our priests the political law the priests it was changed forever and resist seeing we see that it's evident that after the symmetry to Melchizedek there arises another priest and I like verse sixteen Mrs. why Paul says this year is really putting very powerful than describing Christ who is made not after the lava carnal commandment but after the power of an endless life to think about this Christ is our high priest the basis for which he is our high priest is based on the fact that he has an endless life from the time of his resurrection and that means that Christ will always be there there's not any another change in the priesthood once Christ became high priest according to the power of the life you live on this earth because he was resurrected now he's going to have an endless life as our high Priest I like that the Levites that always have a change that is Christ he will reign as priests because his wife is Embassy will have an unchangeable priesthood and it's not according to law the kernel command announced the charm Carl Commandant gives you the idea that the work heartily implies that man is subject to death all of them all of us you are all carnal are subject to death all the Levitical priesthood was subject to death for Christ when he was resurrected is not subject to death so he has an endless life and cry and then God says thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek the forever means unchanging Christ is high priest forever see her we giving until it will should finish the chapter is read verses eight scene three twenty C volunteer for verses eighteen to twenty two C read eighteen to twenty two and verse eighteen four on one hand there is setting aside of the former commandment is of its weakness and uselessness for the committee for the law made nothing perfect on the other hand there is a bringing in of better hope through which we draw near to God and inasmuch is that it will it has it was not without of or indeed became priests without an oath that he was the width and of the one whose we sent him the Lord has sworn and will not change your mind thou art a priest for ever two twenty two third Street two twenty three answer start so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee year of a better covenant okay thank you now verses eighteen to twenty two Spalding a lawyer at his best when you look at those verses in the flight and easiest authorities using double negatives in the sum of buses try to simplify what he saying here so basically what Paul says in verse eighteen that the commander of a priest is being unknown because it was weak and I'm profitable it didn't make people perfect for thinking a lot made nothing perfect but the bringing in of a better hope didn't set now we see that Jesus throughout the book of Hebrews were seeing that Jesus is better he's better than the Angels in Chapter one is better than any other manager could you he's better than Moses in chapter three is better than Josh one chapter four four and chapter five he's better than other priests chapter six he's really better than Abraham Chapter seven he's better than Melchizedek and the Levitical priesthood so that the law made nothing perfect but the bringing in of a better hope to so Christ because he is like recessed the order motive that gives us a better hope by that which we draw nigh to God and notice this in verse twenty assist and inasmuch as not without an out of he was made for a high priest in verse twenty one it says the priest according to the Levitical law were not made trees according to an but for Christ was made up free according to MS this is the last time that Jesus is compared to Melchizedek but it's also that this point here this is the Lord swear and will not repent an hour and a priest for ever after the order Melchizedek so God made and of he swore by it and would not return that Jesus is a high priest after the order Melchizedek and that shows how the Melchizedek priesthood is better than the Levitical priesthood because the Levitical priesthood and then he became free some of the political preset did not take the priesthood under an they acquired the priesthood through their genealogy that Christ was made a high priest because God called him to be and it was through and out of an oh something that is unchangeable so and we see that this is a better priest and members twenty two by so much with Jesus made a sure tea of a better testament and the what's another word for testament covenant so Jesus was made a surety of a better covenant by being made a priest after the order of Melchizedek the Levitical priesthood was after the old covenant the milk has a preset is after the new covenant and if Jesus is the surety or the mediator of the new covenant is a better covenant what you think about the promises of the new covenant versus the old covenant we have a better priest who brings a better hope any brings a better covenant in a study about that new covenant in Heber 's chapter eight so in order to have a new covenant and new Testaments to speak at a better help we needed to have a new priest because Levitical priesthood creative that they said not keep the cabinet they had made with God the old covenant that he reset all the goddess ever got all that God is commanded we will be in the proved over and over again that they couldn't Jesus however becomes the surety of a better testament and we see that he will write his law and our hearts and minds himself now is continue on here versus twenty three through twenty five we can have a volunteer to read versus twenty three through twenty five again here today truly were many priests because they were not suffered to continue by reason of this man because he continue it ever happened unchangeable priesthood wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him seeing he ever living to make intercession for them okay not really answer the familiar protein receptor seven enough of it maybe takes on a deeper meaning and greater significance now you understand the concept of the notch of the crease that's the last thing on the fadeout not subject is that I believe that God ordained monks of the next to be a free clinic came without any record so that he would be a perfect high for Christ to resolve the priest and king there is no record of where he came from where he went so there's no change in his priesthood and that's emblematic of the type of Frese said that Christ would have said verse twenty three BC there were many priests according to local priesthood because they all died Christ continuous ever because he has been unchangeable priesthood and of course we lovers twenty five the powerful verse wherefore because he continued server because he has an unchangeable priesthood she is able also to save them to the other matters that come in the God by Slim seeing he ever led us to make intercession for them now here's the obvious contrast with the Levitical priesthood that the Levitical priesthood save anybody know they could no one was made perfectly Levitical priesthood but through Christ he is able to save us a notice how he's able to save us to the uttermost so there's nothing in your life that God can't change you may say while my wife is dead in trespasses and sins and I just gone too far night Robert God is able to save you to the other methods because you have a better priest and that is forever and it's unchanging because he ever lives to make intercession now he is able to make intercession for us because it is you go back to Hebrew chapter kisses in all things he was made Mike and his brethren that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God to make reconciliation for the sins of the people for in that he himself hath suffered being septic he is able to succor them that are tempted are helpful to accept it Jesus knows what it's like to be a human being and because he suffered being tempted he is able to make intercession for us and not only does he make intercession for us he ever limited to make intercession for us now all this makes us of the passing point is not really the point keeper seven but we notice here that Jesus became high priest when he ascended to heaven in a survey he ever lives to make intercession for us on that basis alone I have a hard time saying based on Daniel a eleven inch well that Christlike priestly ministry was taken away because he ever limited to make intercession for us to help his ministry had been taken away if you never limited to make intercession see the point he ever limited to make intercession for us therefore his ministry was never taken away now verse twenty six simmered near the end of the Saddam chapter now verse twenty six notice the description of Christ years high priest for such an high priest became us who is holy harmless undefiled separate from sinners and made higher than the heaven and we read verse twenty six like wow what did Christ he's only harmless undefiled separate from sinners made higher than the heavens any I forgot to look at the close known why all of all try to remember to give her she realized that Helen White says that we can have that same experience fever seven twenty six Elm White says that we can be holy harmless undefiled separate from sinners and made higher than the Jesus as a human being now it's his experience he was made in all things like under his brother and he was tempted in all points like as we are yet without sin and because of that he can help us to be holy harmless undefiled separate from sinners and made higher than the heavens of powerful and him a better finisher verse twenty seven a need if not daily as those high priest offered sacrifice first for his own sins and then for the people through this he did once when he offered up himself twenty eight for the law maketh men high priest which have infirmity but the board of the earth which was since the law maketh the son who is consecrated forever more so tried did not does not need to continually offer up more sacrifices he did this one time when he died on the cross and once he died on the cross the law was change the ceremony a lot was done away with an oath was made that Christ is a high priest after the order of Melchizedek and now Christ is our high priest was consecrated forevermore and soon on the basis of all of that when we get to Hebrews chapter eight verse one Paul said I've taken the first seven chapters approved that by the time we get the Hebrew savers one now the things which we have spoken this is the sum we have such an high priest who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens a minister in the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord system not man Paul takes seven shaft to say Jesus or his or high priest and haven't a cinema right hand of the throne of the Majesty of another and not the bottom line that's our high priest use Jesus as our high priest he's a merciful and faithful high priest he was man all things like her brother and used it had more points like as we are and we can be made like him because of that organ continue our study unfortunately many out of town next week that will be taken up in two weeks in a study next week and two weeks from now will ever make your

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