Hebrews 7 Bible Study – (Watch)
Today We’ll talk about Tithing. Then about 2 Covenants. An old one. A New One
FIRST – About Mel. Read Gen 14:17-24. That’s It. The whole Story
Melchizedek’s Priesthood Like Christ’s
7 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
Abraham just won a battle. He runs into Mel. King of Salem (Which is Jerusalem).
We’ll see soon Mel. has no family line. He gives a tenth of His SPOILS of WAR.
I want to talk about this because it’s used to justify that you today MUST tithe.
They say since Abraham did it BEFORE the LAW, it must be applicable today.
Not a single New testament Epistle telling us to tithe, but rather the opposite.
[2 Cor 9:7-9] [2 Cor. 8:13-15]
Q’s about Gen 14:17-24 1) Did we see a command? 2) How many times did Abraham tithe? 3) Did He tithe ALL he owned of just what He got from war?
I want you to see this is all about Abraham respecting a FOREIGHN priest.
BTW giving a 10th of Spoils to a king was a common middle east tradition.
Hebrews is ACTUALLY showing us that we should be looking to a new priest that even Abraham respected.
2 to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace.
Maybe He’s Jesus, Maybe He’s a type of Christ. We just don’t know.
3 Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.
Imagine a Jew reading old Test. scripture about Abraham respecting Mel in Genesis.
4 Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth of the choicest spoils.
The emphasis is how great Mel was. But what makes him great? It’s that he was either the type of Christ, maybe even Christ Himself.
5 And those indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest’s office have commandment in the Law to collect a tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these are descended from Abraham.
The only ones to normally collect tithes in ALL of the Jewish law were the Levites (sons of Levi). So the question has to be asked by the Jews Why is the heck is Mel getting a tithe? He’s not a Levite.
6 But the one whose genealogy is not traced from them collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed the one who had the promises. 7 But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.
What’s the point…who was blessed? The Lesser! Abraham is the LESSER. Mel is the GREATER. Law / Grace. Do you see it?
8 In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives on. 9 And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
So Levi was still SPERM. He will be Abrahams descendant. Levi is in Abraham so he who receives the tithe is also giving it to Mel.
We’re seeing a competition of 2 Priests – and 2 covenants and which one is greater!
11 Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek,
If the law worked we wouldn’t need another way. The point is the law was weak and useless and only killed you.
and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?
Now HERE COME’s THE POINT of the last 11 verses
12 For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.
Dead to the law. Free from the law. Not under the law.
OT is the word of God and great for teaching, but what do you teach about it? Locust coming. Get swallowed by a whale. Can’t eat pork? Or are we just teaching being under the law. It’s all old. It all points to Jesus.
13 For the one concerning whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests. 15 And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.
The physical requirement was to be from the tribe of Levi
Jesus broke the law. He was not a Levite. He’s greater than the law
17 For it is attested of Him,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
Not according to the order of Levi
Now, for a few verses you never hear legalists quoting.
18 For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness
First question, what is the former commandment? LAW
2nd what are we to do with the former commandment? SET ASIDE
3rd Why are we to set it aside? IT’S WEAK AND USELESS
19 (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
So we don’t draw near to God through law, but Christ. [Read Heb 10:10]
20 And inasmuch as it was not without an oath 21 (for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him,
“The Lord has sworn
And will not change His mind,
‘You are a priest forever’”);
Remember last week. Who did God make the promise with and swear by? GOD!
22 so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, 24 but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. 25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
26 For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. 28 For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever.