11/5/19: Hebrews 7:1-17: Psalm 105:37-45; Proverbs 27:3
As you are reading were you thinking a thought that I was — “Why is there so much focus on this Melchizedek?” It may be a bit difficult for us to understand because we are not Jews and are not immersed into Jewish history as were the first century Jewish converts.
Jewish converts were being tempted to return to Judaism with it’s concepts of High Priests and sacrifices presented through the lineage of Aaron. So, the author of Hebrews is highlighting to them that well before the “priesthood” was officially established through Aaron a greater priesthood had existed in Melchizedek who was even recognized by their patriarch Abraham.
The author inspired by the Holy Spirit than makes the utmost point that Jesus, like Melchizedek is superior to the priesthood they knew:
Hebrews 7: 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.