Jesus - A Superior Priest (Hebrews 7:1-4)Bob Schultz, February 28, 2016
Part of the Book of Hebrews series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
This week we begin our study of Hebrews in chapter seven as the writer uses the Old Testament priest Melchizedek as a type of Christ so that the people in the congregation would see Christ as superior to Melchizedek. The key to understanding Hebrews seven is based on our ability to grasp the importance of the Old Testament type as a foreshadowing of Christ. The enigmatic and mysterious figure Melchizedek is not an end in himself -- he is pointing to the end of the Law, the end of sacrifices, the end of the priesthood -- Christ our final prophet, priest, and king.
Hebrews 7:1–4 (Listen)
7:1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 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, king of peace. 3 He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.
4 See how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils!
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