Now Paul begins to expound those things he began to mention in chapter 5. He explains how the priesthood of Jesus is better, higher, greater, and far, far more effective than the priesthood of the Jewish Law, which was known as the Aaronic priesthood. (Aaron being the first of that order) He recalls how Abraham was blessed by Melchizadek. Therefore, Mechizadek must have been a greater personage than Abraham. Secondly, by analogy in the scriptural account, where we are not told who Melchizadek’s parents were, we see that his priesthood and personage were without beginning. His death is not recorded either so by analogy He is without beginning and without end. Abraham of course had both a beginning and an end. The priests of Aaron also had beginning and definitely had an end. So their priesthood was flawed when compared with the “unending” priesthood of Mechizadek. It is an everlasting priesthood. “Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchizadek”. (Incidentally one of the more “boring” features of the scriptures is its painful record of genealogies. Everyone is the “son of” someone. However, this scripture concerning Melchizadek’s lack of named parents, shines brighter when set against that seemingly boring feature of the rest of scripture. Maybe now, you will see a purpose for all those long lists of names and families in Chronicles.) Thirdly, Abraham gave tithes to Melchisadek. Under the law the people tithed to the priests in acknowledgement of their superiority. Logically therefore we surmise that Melchizadec was also greater than Aaron, who was of course lesser than Abraham. Levi, from whom came all the priests of Israel was therefore also represented in Abraham when Abraham acknowledged the greater person in Mechizedec. So Levi who was great enough to receive tithes from the rest of the Israelites did in fact pay tithes himself to Mechizedec, when Abraham did so. (being in Abraham’s “loins”) So if you substitute Jesus for Melchizadec, you can recognise and see that the priesthood of Jesus was far greater than that of Levi and Aaron. This was the religion the Hebrews were going back to, something far lesser. How wonderful the scripture is, to shine forth the glories of our Saviour, in this way. Fourthly, why would God introduce another priesthood if the first was sufficient? Good question! To change the priesthood would have meant changing the law. But the Law was unchangeable and it accomplished its purpose. It revealed sin. It not only revealed sin in its standards, but also in its ceremonies, feasts and sacrifices. But the law came to an end. Sin was totally revealed and all men were pronounced guilty of breaking some part of the Law. But in so far as it dealt with man’s problem and brought about a remedy for sin, the Law was totally unprofitable. It was not the tool for that particular job. It was unprofitable with regard to salvation. Consequently Christ, the greater High priest, after the order of Mechizedek is able to save unto the uttermost ALL who come to Him. Aaron could not save anyone. If he did, he is now dead, and can’t save anyone now. But Jesus lives forever, and will forever make intercession. That is why we can say we are saved forever, because He is doing the saving. Surely upon such facts we can firmly place our faith. We should grasp it firmly, or as Paul writes in chapter 5; “lay hold of the hope set before us” If we continue in faith, if we continue to rest in Jesus, and not divert our faith to other things, such as our own good works, or membership of any “holy order” or denomination, then enduring to the end, we can be sure of our salvation.
BOARD SUMMARY CH. 7: Jesus is a Priest, not of the order of Aaron but of the Order of Melchizadek. Old Testament prophecy (Psalm 110)- Jesus confirmed as a priest with an oath. By analogy, Jesus is; King of righteousness and King of Peace. Offering bread and wine. Without any genealogy recorded (v.6) therefore a continual priest (forever) not of human line. Greater than Abraham for He blessed Abraham. Abraham gave tithes to Melchisedec, so Levitical priesthood (which received the tithes of the Jews) paid homage to Him in Abraham