Hebrews Chapter 7
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5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
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Matthew Henry's Hebrews Chapter 7 Bible commentary...
A comparison between the priesthood of Melchizedec and that of Christ. (1-3) The excellence of Christ's priesthood above the Levitical priesthood is shown. (4-10) This is applied to Christ. (11-25) The faith and hope of the church encouraged from this. (26-28)1-3 Melchizedec met Abraham when returning from the rescue of Lot. His name, "King of Righteousness," doubtless suitable to his character, marked him as a type of the Messiah and his kingdom. The name of his city signified "Peace;" and as king of peace he typified Christ, the Prince of Peace, the great Reconciler of God and man. Nothing is recorded as to the beginning or end of his life; thus he typically resembled the Son of God, whose existence is from everlasting to everlasting, who had no one that was before him, and will have no one come after him, in his priesthood. Every part of Scripture honours the great King of Righteousness and Peace, our glorious High Priest and Saviour; and the more we examine it, the more we shall be convinced, that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
4-10 That High Priest who should afterward appear, of whom Melchizedec was a type, must be much superior to the Levitical priests. Observe Abraham's great dignity and happiness; that he had the promises. That man is rich and happy indeed, who has the promises, both of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This honour have all those who receive the Lord Jesus. Let us go forth in our spiritual conflicts, trusting in his word and strength, ascribing our victories to his grace, and desiring to be met and blessed by him in all our ways.
11-25 The priesthood and law by which perfection could not come, are done away; a Priest is risen, and a dispensation now set up, by which true believers may be made perfect. That there is such a change is plain. The law which made the Levitical priesthood, showed that the priests were frail, dying creatures, not able to save their own lives, much less could they save the souls of those who came to them. But the High Priest of our profession holds his office by the power of endless life in himself; not only to keep himself alive, but to give spiritual and eternal life to all who rely upon his sacrifice and intercession. The better covenant, of which Jesus was the Surety, is not here contrasted with the covenant of works, by which every transgressor is shut up under the curse. It is distinguished from the Sinai covenant with Israel, and the legal dispensation under which the church so long remained. The better covenant brought the church and every believer into clearer light, more perfect liberty, and more abundant privileges. In the order of Aaron there was a multitude of priests, of high priests one after another; but in the priesthood of Christ there is only one and the same. This is the believer's safety and happiness, that this everlasting High Priest is able to save to the uttermost, in all times, in all cases. Surely then it becomes us to desire a spirituality and holiness, as much beyond those of the Old Testament believers, as our advantages exceed theirs.
26-28 Observe the description of the personal holiness of Christ. He is free from all habits or principles of sin, not having the least disposition to it in his nature. No sin dwells in him, not the least sinful inclination, though such dwells in the best of Christians. He is harmless, free from all actual transgression; he did no violence, nor was there any deceit in his mouth. He is undefiled. It is hard to keep ourselves pure, so as not to partake the guilt of other men's sins. But none need be dismayed who come to God in the name of his beloved Son. Let them be assured that he will deliver them in the time of trial and suffering, in the time of prosperity, in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment.
APPIAH's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment on 11/30/2013, 5:36pm...
THE MELCHISEDEC THE BIBLE WAS REFERRING TO IS OU LORD JESUS CHRIST,ALL BECAUSE HE IS THE SON OF THE LORD,THE HIGH PRIEST,ALL BECAUSE IN JOHN 10;30 HE SAID I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE.
Rosalina's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment on 9/10/2013, 7:50pm...
My respond to 9/06/2013, 4:56pm - Comment by "Yusef" about Hebrews Chapter 7: Since Melchisedec abideth a priest continually, therefore he was being "interpreted" then as King of righteousness, King of Salem, King of peace; without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God. In fact, even Abraham himself whom he blessed was considering him as a great man and a great priest by giving him the tithes he was collecting from a priest named, Levi. But that "interpretation" to Melchisedec's greatness shouldn't be taken as literal. He wasn't literally immortal like God so to speak. He's just as equal as Abraham and Levi. Meaning, He's just a human beings who also feared God and have done his service to the Lord. Regarding the issue "God is a jealous God" which was written in Exodus 34:14, it simply means that God is jealous when you worship "other god". These other gods are any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (to which other people bow down and serve) as it is written in Exodus 20:3-5. Jesus Christ is not among other gods. He was the "Word" in the beginning with God, as mentioned in John 1:1-14 and there's no writings there that says they are partners.
Yusef's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment on 9/06/2013, 4:56pm...
If Melchisedec doesn't have a beginning or a end, without mother or father or sibling has he been around since God? And if God is a jealous God that don't like partners, why do people call Jesus God, when Jesus told Mary not to call him God because he answer to His Father who is my Father and your Father, my God and your God? I pray to God... God exist without partners.
David's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment about verse 27 on 7/31/2013, 12:18pm...
I think that during the Old Test days, daily sacrifical offerings were needed for their sins. But in the New Test. Jesus came and completed wiped away sin with his body as a living sacrifice. Which means that ours sins are paid in full for daily and all past present and futures are forgiving to all of the Believers in Christ Jesus.
Bro. Daniel FC's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment on 5/24/2013, 2:40am...
Comments on Hebrews 7:8. You say: “The only way to pay tithes today is to witness that Jesus lives... Our life then becomes a living epistle, in honoring our Great High Priest”.
While I like very much the idea of honoring our God by our lives, as “living epistles”, I don’t agree with your idea of not paying tithe. Here’s why: The “tithes and offerings” principle/law was established by God way before Sinai. Remember Abraham paying tithe to Melchisedec (Genesis 14)? The tithes were supposed to take care of the “men of God”, the poor and the orphans. The tenth belonged to God before the cross, and is His today. The same Apostle Paul says: “The labourer is worthy of his reward” (1Timothy 5:18), and “Even so hath THE LORD ORDAINED that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:14). You don’t suppose the Gospel Workers should be paid of government subsidies?! … Your reference to Romans 10:4 doesn’t apply. Here’s what bro. Malachi says: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?: In tithes and offerings (Malachi 3:8).
But the best argument of paying tithes and offerings is made by Jesus in Matthew 25:40, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me”. And you know what will happen to those who don’t… God bless.
Bro. Daniel FC's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment on 2/20/2013, 1:21am...
Could you please help me understand verses 1-3. Perhaps my comments that I've already submitted will help.
Harry Robinson's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment on 1/25/2013, 8:58pm...
Here the writer is making the argument that the law not being perfect had to be replaced with a more perfect law and why Jesus was that replacement. Jesus is the new High Priest after the order of Mel-chis'e-dec. The job of the Priest is to offer up our sacrifice for our sins. The Levitical priesthood had to make sacrifice also for themselves which means that they had sin and therefore not being perfect. Whereas Jesus having not sin offering up himself made it perfect. Levy according to the Law didn't have to pay tithes but receiveth tithes but after the order of Mel-chis'e-dec payed tithes in Abraham. For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the Law. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of the tribe of Judah: Who is made, not after the Law but after the power of endless life.
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