Hebrews chapter 7
You will even find in Bible commentaries that many supposed learned men refer to Melchisedec as a "mysterious" one.
Let's study this marvelous seventh chapter of Hebrews, a chapter misunderstood by many who even use it to claim that Jesus Christ had no lineage connected to the tribe of Levi.
However, such is not the case at all, as we shall document.
Again, remember and understand that the reason for such shallow understanding has already been addressed by Paul in that "babes" are unable to discern the depth of what he is "uttering" from the law and the prophets, and specifically to what he is trying to relate to our minds concerning that which is written of Melchisedec.
You will even find in Bible commentaries that many supposed learned men refer to Melchisedec as a "mysterious" one.
However, before we get started in our study of this remarkable and revealing chapter seven, perhaps it would benefit some if we first jumped ahead to the first few verses of chapter eight where Paul gives a summary of what he has taught so far and what he is going to teach us in this seventh chapter.
That way we can keep locked in our minds the conclusion of the many details Paul gives to us in this chapter leading up to and confirming our spiritual understanding.
Here's the first part of the summary:
Hebrews 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
that end, it is so important that we understand that our
Father did not ask us to do anything
He was not willing to do Himself.
(Consider that throughout this study.)
You see, it is not so much a matter that we can never say nor claim that He does not know and understand what we are going through, which thing we can never do because of what He has done, but rather to confirm in the hearts of those who love and serve Him that He in fact does know and understand.
By this alone we know how great and loving a Father we have.
But the point Paul is going to make here in chapter seven
is that our High Priest is eternal, after the order or rank of Melchisedec,
whose very name means King of the Just.
And "the order", "the rank", of Melchisedec doesn't get any higher than that, as we shall see, because neither his kingship nor his priesthood was of man!
The conclusion of the matter is, that neither was Christ's kingship nor priesthood of man, because as it was promised and written (Ps. 110:4), and declared by the oath of God that He would be a priest "after the order of Melchisedec"!
Open your eyes and ears and learn from your Father's Word.
 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
now explains the priesthood of Melchisedec and once again ... if you open
your eyes and ears...
there is no mystery here and you will be able to "discern" just how great this person is who is called the King of the Just and the King of Peace.
Paul now explains the priesthood of Melchisedec and once again... if you open your eyes and ears...there is no mystery here and you will be able to "discern" just how great this person is who is called the King of the Just and the King of Peace.
Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
The question is: "How is it and by whose authority did this Melchisedec have the power to bless him who has already been blessed by God?"
Hopefully you already know the answer.
Nevertheless it shall be made quite obvious in the rest of this chapter.
Paul is now going to repeat and emphasize that Melchisedec was the King of the Just and the King of Peace, even the King of kings* and Lord of lords.
And you know what?
Even those who are fed only "milk" from His Word know that there is only one who is righteous and there is only one King of Peace, and even that there shall be no true peace on earth until He returns.
*Question: Do you know who the kings and priests shall be when Christ returns?
Rev. 5:10 will give you the answer!
We are going to take a short side trip to talk about Kings and Priests:
Let's jump into the future, after
our Lord's Return,
and see what it's
going to be like!
Let's imagine for a minute or so that the 6th
trump has already sounded. Satan
has been here; claimed he was God. Many
proclaiming Christians believed he was and worshiped him. Then at the
7th trump the
real Christ returned and found them out. But,
there were a number of us
who were not fooled by Satan and waited for the real Christ's return.
We are now "Kings
& Priests" The Millennium has
started; But, What
will it be like? Many have heard and
read that it will
be a time of teaching,
especially that of discipline. But some say, "I just don't quite get it. I
know what discipline in the Word is. It is to faithfully study the Bible
it into my being, but
if people will be in their spiritual bodies during the
Millennium and will have perfect recall, meaning they will be able to
Bible from beginning to end and therefore they will know the Word of
what will God's elect be teaching? (The
elect, now being us "The Kings and Priests" who are to help
teach and discipline those who did not endure until the end; therefore,
worshipped the beast, Satan, the spurious messiah.)
This somehow presumes that
intellect and knowledge are equivalent to good behavior and wisdom!
Hebrews 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
So what is it that we "see" here?
What is it on a deeper level that Paul is trying to "utter" to the minds of those who have eaten of the meat of God's Word?
In other words, the eternal kingship and the priesthood
united in Jesus Christ
and not separated by lineage.
We therefore have but one King and High Priest to whom all the kings of the earth are made subject and to whom all the priests are likewise made subject... and He is eternal, Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, without beginning and without end of days!
 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
You see, we just read that Melchisedec had no father and no mother, which means he had no genealogy, i.e. he was without descent!
He had no beginning of days which means he was never a baby... a logical statement indeed seeing that he had no earthly parents.
Nor did he grow old and die but abides a priest forever, because he was like unto the Son of God!
Do not make this difficult.
He was like unto the Son of God because he in fact was the Son of God!
You see, He has never been far removed from His people and in knowing that we can take much comfort!
Daniel 3:2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is
like the Son of God.
And it was this same one, the great "I AM that I AM", which means "I will be whomever I will be", who appeared unto our father Abraham, as evidenced by Christ's own words.
John 8:56-58 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Hebrews 7:4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
Understand that the law had not yet been given which would require that the tithe be given unto the priests of Levi, so there was no Levitical priesthood at this time.
In fact, both the kingship line (which would come through Judah) and the priesthood line (which would come through Levi) were still in the loins of Abraham.
This is an important point to our understanding (discerning) the greatness of Melchisedec which Paul explains in the next few verses hence.
 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:
Again, Melchisedec was present before Aaron and the sons of Levi were ever born, but even so, the Levites were subordinate to Abraham who was subordinate to Melchisedec, the King of the Zadok and the King of Peace.
Remember again that Melchisedec had no father or mother and was therefore not descended from man.
In other words, he was neither descended from the kingship line nor the priesthood line, although Jesus Christ when He came to dwell in the flesh did, to continue the priesthood after the order of Melchisedec, would be descended from BOTH!
How truly marvelous and wondrous is the plan of God!
 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
You "see", that is exactly what the promise and the prophecy of Psalm 110:4 was, which is why Paul has and continues to quote it so often!
Psalm 110:4 "The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."
In other words, Melchisedec was already King of the Just and High Priest which is why he was able to both receive tithes from and bless father Abraham.
 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
To wit, all true gifts and blessings come from God (Ja. 1:17), the Creator of all things.
In that same respect that is why God sware to Himself, because there was no greater to sware by!
Hebrews 6:16 "For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife."
So here in the person of Melchisedec we have the "greater" blessing Abraham, the heir of the promised seed, and in so doing he blessed the Levitical Priesthood that would come through Abraham's loins until the fulfillment of Ps. 110:4... which Paul is documenting has come to pass!
 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
He just said that men who receive tithes are mortal and they DIE, as in they "kick the bucket", but this one Melchisedec, the greater one who blessed Abraham, lives on for he was not mortal...he was immortal.
"It is witnessed" to, Paul said. In other words, "It is written" and you just read the witness that he lives on! Is there still any doubt in your mind that Melchisedec was the Son of God?
Here's one more thought for the day:
 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
Therefore, as Paul expounded concerning Levi who received tithes according to the law, in fact the whole family of Levi payed tithes to Melchisedec through the greater, their father Abraham!
That should surely help you "discern" how great Melchisedec was!
Next we will complete chapter seven in which Paul will discuss the actual (flesh and blood) genealogy of Christ, when He came to earth as a human being to dwell for a time with us, only part of which, the fact that He was descended from the tribe of Judah, is "evident" to those who are still only "milk fed".
So if you are one who believes that Christ was a "Jew", meaning He was only of the tribe of Judah, then do not miss the remainder of chapter 7 for we will give concrete evidence from the Word of God as to the perfection of Christ's lineage, showing us that even in the flesh the kingship and the priesthood was united in Jesus Christ!
Christianity is not contained in religion nor in the following after traditions... it is the reality of knowing Him.
Paul is giving us quite a Bible lesson in this 7th chapter of Hebrews concerning the divine authority and power of our Lord and High Priest, Jesus Christ, who alone is able to "save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them (Heb. 7:25)".
The point Paul is so thoroughly making and documenting is that the priesthood of Christ, promised by God and backed by His solemnly sworn oath to the highest power in the universe (Himself) was "to be after the order of Melchisedec (Ps. 110:4)", the one who "abideth [remains] a priest continually [forever] (Heb. 7:3)".
Let us continue to enjoy this rich full-course meal Paul has prepared for us to consume and digest. Keep in mind that were those who were still trying to observe the law of ordinances which Christ "blotted out" and completely "took away" when He died on the cross (see Col. 2:10-17 below.)
Of course there is nothing new under the sun and there are still those today who follow church systems based on religious ceremonies with commandments of do's and don'ts, such as keep this day or that day or perform this ritual or that ritual.
Hebrews 7:11 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?
That is because "life" can only come from "life", meaning that eternal life can only come from eternal life itself, for that which is temporal cannot supercede itself!
That is why it was necessary and promised by Almighty
God that Jesus Christ would be a priest after the succession of Melchisedec
(Ps. 110:4), who we learned was "Without
father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days,
nor end of life;
but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually (Heb. 7:3)."
To that end, Paul just explained to us in verse 11 that if perfection (meaning "salvation") could have been obtained through the Levitical priesthood under the Old Covenant, then there simply would have been no need for another priest to be raised up after the order of Melchisedec.
The logic is that there would be no need to have a New Covenant if the Old Covenant of laws and sacrifices administered by the priests of Aaron were sufficient unto salvation, right?
Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
You see, the law required that the priesthood be after the order of Aaron, i.e. of the tribe of Levi... period!
So if Christ were to become the
high priest through any other tribe or order (such
as the tribe of Judah or after the order of Melchisedec),
that law would have to be changed, would it not?
Well, it was!
Never again would there ever be a need for another high priest for He is our priest forever, eternally, i.e. after the order of Melchisedec!
Christianity is not contained in religion nor in the following after traditions... it is the reality of knowing Him.
Col. 2:10 And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:
 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
To wit... It is still against the law of God to commit murder!
 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Tell the fool to go read Col. 2 and "bug off"!
** Please understand that I am not condemning going to church, especially where the Word of God is taught.
 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
"Oh... but you don't understand brother!
You must keep Saturday as a holyday, or you must observe lent, or you must do this and that!"
I'm really not into religion.
Let us now continue listening to Paul give supporting evidence and expound on Heb. 7:12 where he stated that because the priesthood was changed that the law requiring the priests to be after the order of Aaron (i.e. of the tribe of Levi) must also of necessity be changed.
Hebrews 7:13 For He of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
So using Christ's own lineage Paul make his case concerning the law rather easily because it is also evident to everyone, including all the "babes who drink only milk", that Jesus Christ was of the tribe of Judah, which is the kingship line and not the priesthood line.
However, in as much as Melchisedec was both King of the Just and High Priest, so was Jesus Christ in the flesh both descended of the kingship line (through Judah) and the priesthood line (through Levi), the latter of which is not evident to babes but is nevertheless easy to document!
Here is how:
You will find that there are two genealogies of Joseph given in the New Testament, one in Matthew (Note that the NT opens with this most important information) and one in the third chapter of Luke. Many people struggle with these two genealogies because if you read them carefully you will find they are not the same, i.e. they have not all the same fathers. Some even use this to discredit God's Word claiming the two genealogies "conflict" with one another. However, such is not the case at all... and never is. It is just man's ignorance derived from his "slothfulness" in studying and rightly dividing the Word of God that accounts for all the so-called discrepancies.
So why are we given Joseph's genealogy anyway, for he had nothing to do with Christ's descent. Well, in Matthew we are given Joseph's genealogy documenting that he was a "pure blooded" Judahite, the lineage of the kingship, remember? Again, why is this so important? Because it is a matter of the "law"! You see, Christ had no earthy father and so Joseph was Christ's stepfather. So by law, through adoption, Christ became Joseph's son and inherited the rights and lineage of his father Joseph! Therefore, those wicked scripture lawyers of the sons of Cain, i.e. the kenites, could never claim that Jesus Christ had no legal right to be king of Israel. Ironically, it is by this same witness that anyone of any race or language or creed, even the kenites, can through adoption become a child of God and an heir of the promises! And THAT, my friend, qualifies it to open the New Testament!
We move now to the genealogy of Joseph in the Book of Luke and lo and behold, we discover that this is actually not Joseph's genealogy at all!
Notice what Luke 3:23 says, "And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli." The phrase "as was supposed" means "by law"! In other words, Christ was Joseph's son by law, i.e. his stepson. Now what about Joseph? Whose son was he? Well, we read in Matthew that he was "begotten" (sired) by Jacob. Matthew 1:16 "And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ." However, in Luke we read that Joseph was the son of Heli, but not by "begettal"! He was Heli's son also "as was supposed", i.e. his son by law! You see, Joseph was the husband of Mary and therefore Heli's "son-in-law"! So the genealogy in Luke is actually Mary's genealogy through her father Heli, Joseph's father-in-law, documenting that Mary's father was also a "pure blooded" Judahite! Why is this important for us to know? Because it tells us that the paternal half of Mary's bloodline was of pure Judah, the kingship line. That leaves open the question of her mother's side. Do we know what bloodline she was from? Yes we do! Read
Luke 1:5-6: "There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.  And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless."
We are actually told twice (for emphasis) in the above two verses that Elizabeth, the mother of John of Baptist, was a "pure blooded" Levite. In verse five we are told flat out that she was of the daughters of Aaron. However, to eliminate any doubt and to document that she was a "pure blooded" daughter of Levi, we are told that she and her husband walked "blameless" in all the commandments and ordinances! You see, it was lawful for a Levitical priest to marry ONLY a full blooded Levite woman so as to keep the priesthood line pure (Lev. 22)! For Zacharias to have done otherwise would make void Luke 1:6. Now let's read Luke 1:36 concerning Mary's relationship to Elizabeth and tie this all together: "And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren."
First of all, it is evident that since Mary and Elizabeth were cousins that Christ was of necessity a blood relative of John the Baptist, who was a pure blooded Levite with pure blooded Levite parents. That tells you right away that Christ had Levite blood running through His veins but it was more than just a trace! If you think carefully about what has been said you will see that Mary's mother (because her father was of Judah only) would have been the sister of Elizabeth's mother, who also had to be a pure blooded Levite for Elizabeth's sake. Therefore... Mary's mother was a "pure blooded" Levite and her father was a "pure blooded" Judahite! Do you see the perfection of the Word of God how that Jesus Christ descended in the flesh from both the kingship line and the priesthood line, uniting them into One, even the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
So the law pertaining to the priesthood must of necessity be changed!
Hebrews 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
Selah: Are you getting all this?
Carnal commandments and religious ordinances and priests of men can NEVER provide a way of forgiveness and sanctification, i.e. salvation! Only Jesus Christ, the power of the Living Word of God can grant such!
 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
 For He testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
There is no other way!
 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
As it is written, those things of the law were but shadows of Him who was to come.
However, as Paul has already admonished us, starting "To Day", we had better get off the "milk bottle" and "go to school" in His Word and begin to know and understand those things of the law for they teach us all about Jesus Christ that we may come to KNOW HIM and have faith in Him!
Galatians 3:24 "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith."
Again, there was simply nothing in the law itself or administered through the Levitical priesthood that could "make perfect", i.e. bring forgiveness and salvation to man.
Therefore, not until the PROMISE of His coming was there HOPE of salvation!
And you know what else, it is because of the "sonship" God has given us that Jesus Christ has the legal right to stand in as our kinsman redeemer and to make intercession for our souls!
 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
We draw near to God by dwelling with Him, by seeking Him through His Word.
 And inasmuch as not without an oath
He was made priest:
 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by Him that said unto Him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
Surely by now you can see and understand that Melchisedec, the King of the Just and the King of Peace was indeed Christ, Himself.
 By so much was Jesus made a surety
of a better testament.
Nothing and no one prior to or coming after could have or will provide that salvation.
Our Father's contract is therefore sure and binding which means the rest is totally up to you, to love Him and exercise your faith by trusting and relying on Him, laboring earnestly and patiently to enter into His rest!
 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
Fact: No mortal priest can give you life or offer sacrifice to atone for your sins, because he doesn't have life to give you!
You see, he himself is subject to death.
There is only One priest who can atone for your sins and grant you salvation and that priest does have life, eternal life, and that priest was the One promised by God and sworn to by His oath who would come after the order of Melchisedec, who abideth a priest forever!
 But this man, because He continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
Therefore you shall NEVER have need to change priests.
You never need to put your trust in men nor elevate them to a higher status because they are all sinners just like you and they all die just like you.
But our High Priest is eternal, immortal, and without sin, and He has ascended and now sits above the heavens at the right hand of His Majesty on high!
It is Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone, who can redeem and save your soul!
 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.
 For such an high priest became [He for] us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Remember, "You are COMPLETE in Him!"
 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this He did once, when He offered up himself.
 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated [perfected] for evermore.
How exciting and wondrous the Word of God truly is!
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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