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.
Comments for Hebrews Chapter 7...
Bro. Daniel FC's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment on 2/20/2013, 2:21am...
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, 9:58pm...
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.
Reggie's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment on 1/16/2013, 7:24am...
The only way to pay tithes today is to witness that Jesus lives. Verse 8 - under the law men who died received tithes, but he who lives forever Jesus receives tithes from them who witness "He lives"! Our life then becomes a living epistle, in honoring our Great High Priest, by believing and confessing Jesus is Lord! Romans 10. Agape. – Reggie.
Tonya Stafford's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment about verse 25 on 1/15/2013, 9:58am...
Jesus came to pay a debt he did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay. There is no greater Love! He got us in everything we ask or do!
Lorna Johnson's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment on 10/18/2011, 11:36am...
Bless God - In verse 2; Do we all do this. The Word said that Abraham gave tithes (the 10th.) of all the spoil that he received as mentioned in verse 1. Many do not beleive in tithing much less to give more than the amount they are blessed with.
2. The Priestly office: vs.12 The priesthood changed,the law also changed because of this new Priest. vs.17 A Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Vs.21 The Lord Jesus sworn (something He will not forget it or changed His mind)that He will be a Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Vs'24&25 Jesus' Priestly office is unchangable, because He lives forever; therefore, Jesus saves to the othermost all those who are willing to have their lives changed to come to God through Jesus. Jesus makes petition; He intercedes; He intervenes. He goes to God for us. He is our sacrificial Lamb. The levitical priest could not do this, because they are just like us (sinners). I thank God for Jesus who washes me every day, every minute, and every hour. I am looking forward to be with Him. God bless. Lorna.
StephendeRafael's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment on 6/22/2011, 12:21pm...
Abraham set off to rescue his nephew Lot for he was at war with the Kings of that era. Abraham was a mighty warrior and saved Lot through his might. As he was returning from the slaught he was met on the way by Melchisedek, who was a High Priest with father or mother. Everyone introduced in the bible is introduced as the son of someone. Not Melchisedek for he had no descent. Abraham being the greatest warrior on earth gave a tenth of his spoils to the High Priest according to the titheing laws, even though the Levitical laws were not yet given . Therefore these laws were ordained by God as was the High Priest who met Abraham and blessed him.
Amaka's Hebrews Chapter 7 comment about verse 25 on 6/10/2011, 3:45am...
THE LORD JESUS' FIERY LOVE FOR AILING HUMANITY MADE HIM WILLING TO DIE FOR THEM. THE SAME GREAT LOVE MADE HIM CONQUER DEATH, HELL AND THE GRAVE SO HE CAN FOREVER LIVE TO MAKE INTERCESSION FOR AND SAVE THOSE WHO COME TO GOD BY HIM. WHEN FACED WITH CRUEL AND SHAMEFUL DEATH HE DID NOT DRAW BACK, HE HAD A MISSION TO ACCOMPLISH AT ANY COST, SO THAT HE WILL FOREVER REMAIN A FAITHFUL HIGH PRIEST FOR THEM WHO WILL COME TO GOD BY HIM. THIS IS OUR CONFIDENCE TODAY, WE ARE FOLLOWING THE ONE WHO KNOWS THE WAY AND IS THE TRUTH AND LIFE. WHAT A SAVIOUR! WHO IS LIKE HIM?
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