July 11: Hebrews 7

Today’s reading.

Now, I recognize the fact that this chapter is kind of confusing. The whole discussion of Melchizedek is odd and very different in its logic than our modern Western sort. Of course, being that this is a devotional post, I haven’t got the time to explain everything (and most of you probably haven’t the patience to read said explanation anyway). If you want to know more about Melchizedek and his meeting with Abraham, take a look back at Genesis 14.

What we should get from this passage is the fact that Melchizedek foreshadowed Jesus. Mel (my fingers get tired of typing his whole name), was both a king and a priest. He both ruled and made intercession with God for his people. And because he just pops up out of nowhere in the narrative in Genesis (no genealogy, no record of his death, etc.), he is symbolically seen as continuing as a priest forever. In all these ways, Mel foreshadowed Jesus.

Jesus is "the guarantor of a better covenant" (7:22).

First, Jesus is “the guarantor of a better covenant” (7:22), because “he continues forever” (7:24),  and so “he always lives to make intercession for” us (7:25).

In the OT, the priests had to make sacrifices every single day so that the people of Israel could approach God. But Christ offered himself as a sacrifice which was sufficient once for every single sin we’ve ever committed. There is nothing we can add to that sacrifice. It is permanently effective to wipe away our sin.

And Jesus didn’t stay dead. He rose again, and so we “have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens” (7:26). None of us on our own is “innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens,” but Christ is. And he is all those things for us.

Ever tempted to think of yourself as weak? Insufficient? Sinful? Unacceptable to a holy, awesome God? Good. All those things are true about you. And me. BUT in Christ NONE of those things are true about you. In Christ, you are holy because he is. In Christ, you are innocent because he is. In Christ, you are exalted all the way to heaven because he is. He has done all of that for you. Worship him.

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