Moses Said Nothing About Priests From Judah

Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?  For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is…

The Importance of Melchizedek

See how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils! And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers, though these also are descended from Abraham.  But this man who…

Who Was Melchizedek?

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything.  He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is,…

God Keeps His Promises

For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.”  And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. Hebrews 6:13-15 Sometimes when life is hard, we find it easier to focus on our…

God Is Not Unjust

Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things – things that belong to salvation.  For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.  And we desire…

Are We Too Comfortable With Our Religion?

For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to…

Have We Graduated From Grade School?

For by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God.  You need milk, not solid food. Hebrews 5:12 My youngest daughter recently graduated from pre-K.  It was heartwarming to see her dressed up in her little graduation outfit, so proud that…

The Importance of Obedience to God

Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.  And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him. Hebrews 5:8-9 Obedience…it is probably the hardest thing about Christianity, and the aspect of the religion which is least attractive to most people.  Generally speaking, we don’t…

Jesus’ Superiority Over Aaron

So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you.” Hebrews 5:5 Hebrew Christians in the early church were under tremendous pressure to renounce Christianity and return to Judaism.  Thus, the writer of Hebrews…

We Have A Great High Priest!

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without…