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12/3 Hebrews 7-9

The writer of Hebrews starts in chapter 7 talking about Melchizedek the High Priest of Abraham’s time.  All the high priests since Aaron were from the tribe of Levi.  But prior to Aaron there was no linage for the high priests.  In Genesis, Melchizedek was also known as the King of Salem.  A possible ancient reference to the King of Jerusalem.  Also the reference in verse 3 is very confusing.  Without beginning or end and like the Son of God he remains a priest forever

3Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.

So Jesus is the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.  Different from the linage of Aaron.

11If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come—one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 12For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law. 13He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

It appears that David is talking about a future king in Psalms 110:4 when he writes:

4 The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

Chapter 8 brings home the point that while Aaron served the tabernacle set up by man, that Jesus serves the true tabernacle set up by God.

1The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.

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