Sunday 19 September, 2021

Hebrews 7:11-22

11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. 13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one 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. 17 For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever.’” 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.

This passage of Scripture explains the shortfalls of the Levitical priesthood and the much awaited introduction of a new, perfect priest for all time – Jesus.  It was also the beginning of people relating to God more intimately by a new agreement called the New Covenant.

A priest is essentially a bridge to God and Jesus was and is our perfect and permanent priest.  How fortunate are we to be able to confidently draw near to God through Jesus!  This was not always the case under the law or old covenant arrangements where relating to God was done indirectly by a priest at a distance.  It was not a personal or intimate relationship with God like new testament believers or Christians today experience.  God has also declared that Jesus is a forever priest so we can be sure that our relationship with our Heavenly Father is secure into the future and eternity.  The perfect life of Jesus has made this possible as he is both priest and sacrifice. A truth we forever need to be grateful for.

Dear Lord, thank you for sending Jesus as our perfect and permanent priest for all time.  Thank you that I can have a personal relationship with you because of this.  Amen

Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods

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