Hebrews

Hebrews 7-10

Last night I put a post on the Background of Melchizedek.  If you read it before today’s read it will make Chapters 7 and 8 crystal clear.

The book is from a Jew to a Jew telling them not to be a Jew.  Remember the audience.  The Jewish people had a priesthood ever since Moses came down the Mountain from Mt. Siani.  Telling them to throw everything they ever knew out the window was hard.  It would be for you and me too.

Verse 1-7- the explanation.  I felt like the author says these seven verses without taking a breath!  Justifying why the Levitical line did not matter today and then ending in verse 7 with…There weren’t even Levites when this even happened!

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Matthew Dowling: Jesus Christ, Melchizedek, and Hebrews 7:1-10

So let’s put one of the arguments on the table: Verse 11

11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 

Let’s get the conversation out of the way about WHO Melchizedek is:

  • Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. 
  • He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything.
  • The name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”
  • also “king of Salem” means “king of peace.”
  • Without father or mother,
  • without genealogy, 
  • without beginning of days or end of life,
  • resembling the Son of God, 
  • he remains a priest forever.

So is Melchizedek a Typology or a Theophany?

  • A typology is a form of symbolism that is prophetic.  In Old Testament typology, people and objects that foreshadow,  point to something that is yet to happen or someone (most often Jesus) who is yet to come.
  • A theophany or Christ is a physical appearance of God/Jesus to a human being.
    • Non-human form (like the burning bush)
    • Human form (like when Jacob wrestled with the man in Peniel)
    • Angel form (Angel of the Lord)

If I was on a debate team, I feel like I could sound intelligent arguing both.  I have an opinion on this (a strong one too).😂 


Back to Hebrews 7 😁

Why do we need a NEW Priesthood??

  1. 12 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. (It was Changed.  From External Law to Internal Law, written on our hearts)
  2. 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
  3. .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,
  4. 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.’

25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.2

Jesus as High Priest:

  • one who is holy,
  • blameless,
  • pure,
  • set apart from sinners,
  • exalted above the heavens.
  • 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 in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.

My vote is curtain #2- the priesthood from the New Order!

(Imagine how long this would be if I didn’t post last night!  Bless!!)


Chapter 8 is AMAZING.  Can I cut and paste the whole thing right here so I can underline and bold my favorite parts??  Ok, I won’t BUT I have to do at least one!

I will start with the last verse:

13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

Now back to verse 8:

“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
    when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
    and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant
    I made with their ancestors

when I took them by the hand
    to lead them out of Egypt,

This reminds me of Matthew 1Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”


Chapter 9 and 10: Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. A tabernacle was set up.”

Do you miss the OT as much as I do? (I mean studying it, I don’t want to be under the law)😂

Peeling away the south wall to look inside Holy PlaceMost Holy Place

The Tabernacle was just a foreshadow of Christ.  That is why the blueprint was set up like a Cross.  Not just the furniture inside the Tabernacle, but the arrangement of the tribes by population.

Three Crosses In The Midst Of God's People: A Look At The Tabernacle Of God – Truth Ignited Blogs

The Tabernacle/Temple worship has been fulfilled!

11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.


Let’s clarify a point:  Levitical Sacrifices in the OT did not take away sins.  However, the faith that the sacrifice was an atonement (a covering) did.  Both Covenants relied on Faith.  However, the Old Covenant was temporary and required continual sacrifice.  Salvation is the same before the Cross and After.  Your sin was covered by FAITH that the shedding of blood from something innocent covered your sin.

The New Covenant fulfilled all the rituals and regulations of the Law.  The Perfect Sacrifice was made to cover the sin of those with Faith but it was done once and for all!

To reject the sacrifice in both the old and the new systems leads to death.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 2How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

This is a very serious passage!  A reality check!✅


Have a wonderful night.  As I read the ending of this read, let me say that if you have read any/part/all of this read through, it literally is one of the best things you have done.  Honestly, I don’t know how you can stay with something this long without accountability??  I know I would have failed if I wasn’t accountable.  How much more does your reading Glorify the Lord than my writing.  So much more!! I love that the Lord chose the dreaded 2020 to put a desire on your heart to do this.  We are so close to being done.  I encourage you to stay the course and continue studying in 2021 SO THAT you can be a light to others.

❤️ Patricia

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—

❤️ God

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5 thoughts on “Hebrews 7-10

  1. This reading has blessed me so much this year and is the 1st time I’ve read the entire bible. Thank you for investing the time to further God’s kingdom.

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    1. Thank you! I have really enjoyed it. This is my 3rd time. I REALLY hope to do it at least 1 more time before I go to Heaven. It is sad to say “oh, it’s hard to stick with it” after all Jesus has done for me. But it is hard. I LOVE that it was the Covid year because it actually gave me more time to study! (Not glad for Covid though). But God knew it was coming so he put the desire in our heart!

      When I became a Christian about 15 years ago I bought a Bible. Everyone I knew had one so I just assumed they had all read it. So I printed this schedule (the one we are using) and I read it. Then I started talking about it all the time because it fascinated me. But people would say “Yeah, I have never read the Old Testament” or “what is the Captivity”, things like that. I am NOT judging them BUT we have this Bible to grow in knowledge so God can use us! Please keep in touch and text me how God uses this “read through” through you, I would LOVE to know! 615-418-9377.

      ❤️Patricia

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  2. Thank you so much for your faithfulness to this read through. I have never read through the entire Bible and I have been a Christian my whole life. I have enjoyed every day!! I have also shared Christ and the Bible with more people this year because of this reading and because of you. You are wonderful and I know you will be richly blessed for everything you have done this year for all of us.
    Thanks!! ❤️

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    1. I am not saying this to sound humble, but it really had nothing to do with me AT ALL. Psalm 37:4 Take Delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. You made it through because when you opened your Bible and committed, He gave you a desire to be in His Word. Your part was being obedient. I truly believe this is hard because we have to be disciplined or make time for it. It sounds so silly, but in our “busy” world, we don’t. Many fell off, and I know in their heart they are sad they did. Of course, I wish they had but I do pray that one day they will. Oh, and I already feel blessed from this read through. I have learned so much! I have more patience, self-control, love, forgiveness than I ever have. When I talk about Jesus, I feel confident that I can share how much He wants EVERYONE to believe in Him, and back everything I say with scripture rather than the “Book of Patricia”. I have been corrected by scripture this year. Humbled. Rebuked. One of my favorites: 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is used for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.”

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  3. Love this year, it has been so inspiring and insightful, and deepened my faith. As a side, chapter 7 on the high priesthood is so much clearer to me now! Hebrews 10:23-25❤️, and I think now Hebrews is one of my favorite books! Well, one of so many, thank you again, much love for you Trish❤️❤️❤️

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