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Hebrews 7 - Mysterious Assurance

Verse 25 contains one of the most significant statements ever made!

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Hebrews 7 Summary

CHAPTER SHIFT: This is the last day of our 'chapter shift,' where the actual chapter divisions don't align with the topics in each passage. Chapter 7 should begin at 6:13, but at least it ends at a good transition point.

MYSTERIOUS MELCHIZEDEK (mel-ˈki-zə-ˌdek): If you're really confused by this character named Melchizedek, you're in good company. We really don't know very much about him. He makes a cameo appearance in two verses in Genesis 14, his name is dropped in Psalm 110, then all of the sudden he's vaulted to star treatment in the book of Hebrews.

I would count 7:3 as one of the most mysterious verses in the Bible: Melchizedek has no earthly parents, is without beginning and end, and he resembles the Son of God. This chapter indicates that since Abraham - the patriarch par excellence for the Jews - paid tithes to Melchizedek, it shows that Melchizedek, the king of righteousness and peace (v2), was greater than Abraham.

Since all Jewish priests descended from Levi, an offspring of Abraham, the fact that Jesus is a priest in the order of Melchizedek rather that Levi signifies that Jesus is a greater priest than any of the Levite descendants.

Dig Deeper

This all may (or may not!) seem fascinating to you, but it's a fair question to ask what this has to do with you! This passage has massive implication for you. First, because Jesus lives forever and is a permanent priest,

He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them (v25).

Second, because Jesus was "holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners and exalted above the heavens (v26)," the sacrifice He made on the cross was not for His own benefit, but was for your benefit.

AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Your Father is the unchangeable God (6:17), who is the greatest of all that is (6:13).

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Draw near to God through your eternal priest & mediator, Jesus Christ (7:19)




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