“Jesus, Our Forever Priest “
Israel’s priestly line came through the tribe of Levi. As the priest grew older and died, a new priest would be named. This stopped with the coming of Jesus, our forever priest.
Please read the following verses. Hebrews 7:11-28
11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come — one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law. 13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared:”You are a priest forever,in the order of Melchizedek.” 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind:’You are a priest forever.'” 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. 23 Now there have been many of those priests since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him because he always lives to intercede for them. 26 Such a high priest meets our need — one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 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 who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
The Nelsons Bible dictionary says this about Melchizedek.
MELCHIZEDEK[mel KIZ eh deck] (king of righteousness) – a king of Salem (Jerusalem) and priest of the Most High God (Gen 14:18-20; Ps 110:4; Heb 5:6-11; 6:20-7:28). Melchizedek’s sudden appearance and disappearance in the Book of Genesis are somewhat mysterious. Melchizedek and Abraham first met after Abram’s defeat of Chedorlaomer and his three allies. Melchizedek presented bread and wine to Abraham and his weary men, demonstrating friendship and religious kinship. He bestowed a blessing on Abraham in the name of El Elyon (“God Most High”) and praised God for giving Abraham a victory in battle (Gen 14:18-20).Abraham presented Melchizedek with a tithe (a tenth) of all the booty he had gathered. By this act, Abraham indicated that he recognized Melchizedek as a fellow-worshiper of the one true God as well as a priest who ranked higher spiritually than himself. Melchizedek’s existence shows that there were people other than Abraham and his family who served the true God.In Ps 110, a messianic psalm written by David (Matt 22:43), Melchizedek is seen as a type of Christ. This theme is repeated in the Book of Hebrews, where both Melchizedek and Christ are considered kings of righteousness and peace. By citing Melchizedek and his unique priesthood as a type, the writer shows that Christ’s new priesthood is superior to the old Levitical order and the priesthood of Aaron (Heb 7:1-10; Melchisedek, KJV).(from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
As you think about Melchizadeck, please remember, Jesus Christ is the believers forever priest. Religious leaders, pastors, bishops, and such are born and they die. They make human rules that change.
The believer’s priest is eternal and His will and agenda are the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be Blessed, Be a Blessing;