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Applying Hebrews 7: Melchizedek Madness

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This is a continuation of Applying Hebrews 6: To Doubt is to be Damned.

Hebrews 7 is the most absurd chapter in this letter. The logic used here is not logical at all. It’s downright nutty. And yet despite chapters like this, the Church today continues to uphold this book as Divinely inspired. Go figure.

Now at the end of Chapter 6, our author (who we’re calling Rabbi) said that Christ “has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 6:20). What does he mean by this? Well, he’s about to explain.

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, 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. (Heb. 7:1-2)

We learned in Chapter 5 that Melchizedek was just a normal guy who became immortalized by superstitious Jews. We know that wild stories about Melchizedek are already well-accepted by David’s lifetime because of a reference he makes in one of his psalms.

Now here in Hebrews, Rabbi tries to make a big deal out of the meaning of names.  Well, this is ridiculous.  A fellow’s name could mean “apple”, but that doesn’t mean he’s a piece of fruit. A woman’s name could mean “cheerful” and that wouldn’t stop her from going around like a big grump. Ancient kings were notorious for giving themselves complimentary titles.  Melchizedek goes around with a name that means righteous.  Well, sure, why not?  Check out some of the pompous titles Catholic popes choose for themselves when they’re elected to office.  John Paul the Great–now that’s humble.  Benedict XV–which means blessed.  Pius VI–which means holy. Innocent XIII.  Melchizedek is a king and he calls himself righteous.  Given his high rank, there’s no reason to assume he didn’t give himself this title for the usual egotistical reasons.

Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of Yahweh, he remains a priest perpetually. (Heb. 7:3)

One minute a man has a nice name, the next minute he’s a supernatural being who is “like the Son of Yahweh.” What obnoxious language.  And how utterly absurd is it to decide that a man must be some kind of Divine being just because his family records aren’t jotted down in Jewish Scriptures.  Since when are Jewish Scriptures  a complete summary of world history?  We don’t find any mention of the death of Eve–does that mean she never died?  According to idiotic Rabbi, Melchizedek is still functioning as a priest somewhere because that’s the last thing we hear about him doing in Jewish Scriptures.  Moses wrote the book of Genesis.  If he had just taken the time to jot down the words, “And then Melchizedek died,” this entire chapter of Hebrews wouldn’t exist.  But because Moses didn’t bother to get into biographical details about Melchizedek, and because the Jews chose to idolize Abraham, and obsess over Melchizedek, we’re now stuck listening to Rabbi talk like a fool.

Now consider how great this man was—even Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the plunder to him! (Heb. 7:4)

What makes Melchizedek so great? The fact that the glorious Abraham gave him some of his stuff. Abraham is to the Jews what Mary is to a devoted Catholic: he’s more than just a human. So if the highly revered Abraham gives a whole tenth of his property to some virtual stranger, then surely wise old Abraham must have been blown away by that stranger’s supernatural aura. This is where Rabbi is going to try and take us.

But now let’s put these things back in perspective. First of all, Abraham lived in a gift giving culture. Instead of saying things like “thanks” or “I appreciate that” or “that was nice of you”, people gave each other presents. Today when two Americans greet each other, one says, “How are you?” and the other says “I’m fine.” It’s a cultural script. We say it no matter what. We ask how people are whether we care or not. We say we’re fine even when we’re not fine at all. This is how cultural scripts work and Abraham’s script was to give gifts.  To try to read soul worship into a scripted act is ridiculous.

Secondly, Abraham was rolling in wealth. He was so rich that he wouldn’t have even missed a mere ten percent. So while Rabbi is trying to wow us with the fact that Abraham gave a whole tenth of his stuff to Melchizedek, in reality all Abraham really did was give the king-priest a tenth of battle plunder—not a tenth of his personal property, as many erroneously say today.

So where did this plunder come from? Here’s a quick summary. There were a bunch of kings who were warring with each other. One of them was the king of the city of Sodom (this was before Yahweh destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah). Abraham’s nephew Lot was living in Sodom at the time that these kings were going at it. Sodom gets attacked and Lot gets dragged off as a prisoner. Lot is like a son to Abraham. When Abraham hears that Lot has been taken prisoner, he’s very upset. Abraham and all of his combat trained servants go in pursuit. They are massively outnumbered, but Yahweh gives them a miraculous victory. Lot and all the other people of Sodom, plus all of Sodom’s wealth, are recovered and brought back. On the victorious arrival home, Melchizedek comes out to greet Abraham and he speaks a verbal blessing over him. In those days, verbal blessings were considered powerful spells, and Melchizedek even uses the name of the Most High God. So out of gratitude and respect, Abraham gives the king-priest a tenth of all the goodies that he rescued.

So then, what Abraham is really being so generous with is someone else’s property: stuff that really belongs to the king of Sodom (who is standing right there watching Abraham give his stuff away). In these times, when you win a battle, you get to keep all of the stuff. But the people of Sodom have just been through a terrible ordeal and it would really be a bummer to have to return to their city in an impoverished state because their rescuers stole all of their stuff. So if Abraham wants to be classy, he would give the king of Sodom his stuff back. Abraham is classy, and after nipping off that 10% for Melchizedek, he gives the king of Sodom back his stuff.

Now consider how great this man was—even Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the plunder to him! (Heb. 7:4)

How hard is it to give away another man’s stuff—especially when you’ve already decided that you’re not going to keep any of it? This isn’t at all the generous, self-sacrificing gesture that we’re taught to view it as in church.

And indeed those 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. (Heb. 7:5)

Under the Old Covenant, Yahweh ordered the Jews to give Levite priests a 10% tithe. Hey—Abraham gave 10%, too. Of course Abraham was giving away someone else’s stuff, whereas the Jews under the Old Covenant were tithing their own property. But Rabbi wants us to ignore that little detail and find it super significant that both Abraham and the Levite priests were all working with tenths.

But the one whose genealogy is not traced from them collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed the one who had the promises. Without a doubt, the inferior is blessed by the superior. (Heb. 7:6-7)

Melchizedek is the one “whose genealogy is not traced.” But let’s remember that just because a man’s family records don’t appear in the Old Testament, it doesn’t mean he never had any. Your family records aren’t listed anywhere in the Bible—does that mean you don’t have any?

Rabbi is saying that the mysterious Melchizedek collected a tithe from Abraham and then he blessed Abraham. In the ancient Jewish mind, the fellow who doles out the blessings must be superior to the one who is being blessed. Remember that to these people, verbal blessings were more than just mere words. Today New Agers and prosperity teachers in the Church like to talk about “the power of the spoken word.” Well, the Jews were big on that concept, and the more influential a fellow was, the more potent his verbal blessings and curses were considered to be. Ridiculous? Yes. This is nothing more than superstitious rot that makes all humans out to be little sorcerers who can cast spells on each other whenever they feel like it.

We can hardly liken Abraham’s one time gift to the ongoing Old Covenant tithing system. The two have nothing to do with each other. Abraham acted voluntarily, but the Old Covenant Jews were commanded to tithe. Abraham gave once, whereas the Jews had to keep on giving their whole lives.

In the one case, men who will die (Levitical priests) receive tenths, but in the other case, Scripture testifies that he (Melchizedek) lives. (Heb. 7:8)

Here Rabbi continues his comparison of Abraham’s one time gift and the Old Covenant tithing system. He wants us to see the Levitical priests as mortals, but Melchizedek as immortal. Well, no, we can’t swallow this guff about Melchizedek being immortal just because there’s no mention in Genesis about who his parents were. This is utterly ridiculous. But just when we think Rabbi can’t get any more absurd, he says:

And in a sense Levi himself, who receives tenths, has paid tenths through Abraham, because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor. (Heb. 7:9-10)

Here it is: the critical connection. Rabbi wants us to see that it was really all of the Old Covenant Levitical priests who were paying a tenth to the immortal Melchizedek way back in Genesis 14. But wait—there were no Levitical priests back then. In fact, the Old Covenant wouldn’t even be established for at least another 400 years. Well, never mind all of that. Rabbi doesn’t want us to think, he just wants us to blindly believe.

Here’s the logic Rabbi is using. You are a descendant of Noah.  You see, the entire human population was washed away in the Flood except for Noah. The world was then repopulated by Noah’s three sons. So everyone who is alive today is a descendant of one of those sons, which means they are a descendant of Noah. Okay, so Noah is your ancestor. Noah built an ark. What Rabbi would say is that you were actually in Noah’s body at the time that he was building the ark—since you would later descend from his family line—and therefore it was like you built that ark right alongside of him. Are you buying it? Of course not. You know that you never built an ark. You also know that you weren’t picking forbidden fruit in Eden and you probably resent being blamed for that act. “Why should we get blamed for what Adam and Eve did?” is a common protest among people. Well, you’ll be comforted to know that God doesn’t blame you for what Adam and Eve did—He only blames you for what you did, and by now you’ve done plenty of sins all on your own.

Okay, so Rabbi wants us to buy this notion that the Levitical priests were all up in Abraham’s body somewhere going through the tithe giving motions with him. In our previous lesson, we learned how all Levitical priests were descendants of Jacob’s son Levi. Levi was one of Abraham’s great-grandsons. When Abraham is giving stuff to Melchizedek, he doesn’t even have Ishmael yet. He’s a childless old man and he’ll die long before Levi is ever born. Here in Hebrews, Rabbi is saying that as Abraham gives away a tenth of some other guy’s stuff, it’s like he’s revering Melchizedek as an awesome, great, immortal being. And since all of the Levitical priests are mysteriously dwelling in Abraham’s anatomy at the time, it’s like all of them are also revering Melchizedek as some awesome, great, immortal being. Conclusion: there is someone who is superior in rank to all the Levitical priests of the Old Covenant, and that someone is Melchizedek, who is Christ incarnate. Whew! Wasn’t that a fun ride?

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? (Heb. 7:11)

After pumping out all of this baloney about Melchizedek, Rabbi now wants us to decide that the Levitical priesthood of the Old Testament was a flawed, insufficient system. Then he can introduce Christ as the superior solution. Now because Rabbi is claiming that Melchizedek is a supernatural, immortal being, to be a priest “in the order of Melchizedek” means to be a priest who is just like Melchizedek—another supernatural, immortal being with no beginning or end. To be “in the order of Aaron” means to be like Aaron—just a normal, sinful human being.

Notice how Rabbi says that perfection was obtained through the Levitical priesthood. This is a reference to how the priests were the ones who processed sacrifices that would atone for your sins, and thus get you back in a good standing with Yahweh. And by the way, processing sacrifices for millions of people was no easy task. It’s exhausting to haul around the carcasses of sheep and bulls all day. To work as a priest in Yahweh’s Temple was an endless cycle of killing, dissecting, cleaning, roasting, and hauling away the gory leftovers. This is why women weren’t allowed to be priests—they just aren’t built for that kind of unending labor. Men were only allowed to serve between the ages of 25 and 50, and because the work was so intense, those who worked as priests had no way of earning a wage. They couldn’t run their family farms because they were spending it all at the Temple. This is why Yahweh set up the tithing system. The tithes were about supporting the Levite priests and their families as these men carried out their essential work. Yahweh wanted His priests to be generously provided for, not strung out with barely enough to eat. When the system was working properly, the priests and their families had more than enough to keep them going.

Now today there is no sacrificial system and God no longer commands you to tithe. He doesn’t say it’s your job to financially prop up any yahoo who claims to have been called into full time ministry. In real life, many of the people who are preaching and teaching in the Church today have no business doing so because they are not authorized by God to speak on His behalf. They’re just running their mouths, filling your brain with a lot of irreverent rot and then they whip out Hebrews 7 to try and make you think God commands you to financially support them in their rebellion. Well no, He doesn’t.

So how come no one ever acknowledges how idiotic Rabbi is being in this chapter? How have we all missed the fact that Abraham was not being a hero as he gave away another man’s property even as that man stood there watching him? How come none of our preachers and teachers are telling us the truth about what a bunch of baloney this whole Melchizedek trip is? Because by now they’ve all figured out that it lines their own pockets if they keep you in the dark about how this whole “Melchizedek was immortal” package is nothing more than superstitious hogwash. When people are making a hefty profit off of deceiving you, they are going to keep right on doing it. You will be hard pressed to find a leader in the Church today who wants to be honest about what Rabbi is doing in Hebrews 7. Kinda makes you turned off by the whole system, doesn’t it? This is what happens when our leaders aren’t listening to God—they manipulate us without shame and then expect us to pay them for it.

And if the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it. For the priest we are talking about belongs to a different tribe, whose members have never served at the altar as priests. What I mean is, our Lord came from the tribe of Judah, and Moses never mentioned priests coming from that tribe. (Heb. 7:12-14)

Yahweh prophesied that Jesus would be a descendant of David, who was of the tribe of Judah. The fulfillment of that prophecy was, well, ridiculous. Jesus didn’t have any biological father, so the fact that Joseph was a descendant of Judah didn’t do bumpkus to prove that Jesus also descended from that tribe. The best we can do is try and say that maybe Mary was a descendant of Judah, but there’s zero evidence of this in the Bible. In fact, the Gospel writers are so ominously silent on the issue of Mary’s descendants that it’s very reasonable to assume she wasn’t from Judah. Now and then, a woman’s bloodlines are mentioned in the Bible when those bloodlines are considered significant. Naturally Jewish Christians wanted to prove that Jesus really was from Judah. But they couldn’t. They could only prove that Joseph was, and then ride on the fact that the general public assumed Joseph was Jesus’ biological father, therefore Jesus was assumed to be from Judah when He really wasn’t.

Now why do we take the time to drill points like Jesus not being a true descendant of Judah? Because you need to have the blinders taken off and see just how unpredictable, nonsensical, and wild our Gods really are. In the Church you’re taught to just recite useless mantras like “God can’t lie” and “God can’t change His mind.” But the reality is that our Gods change things up all the time. They’re constantly throwing curve balls at us. They’re constantly saying one thing and doing another. When Yahweh says Jesus will be a descendant of Judah, we all take Him literally.

If I say I’m going to give you some money, then I hand you a bunch of plastic coins and toy dollar bills, are you going to feel deceived? Yes, because you were. If I say I’m going to give you a new car, then I hand you some cheesy little plastic car that cost me all of 50 cents, are you going to feel like I’ve jerked you around? Yes, you will. And when God makes you a promise that He knows He has no intention of fulfilling the way you think He’s going to fulfill it, yet He encourages you to go on believing in something that He knows will never happen, is He setting you up for a major faith crisis down the road? Yes, He is. Our Gods do this to us, and we hate it.  We hate it so much that we try to pretend They don’t do it.

Today Christians refuse to be honest about their painful experiences with God. When He lies to them, they always find someone else to put the blame on by saying things like, “I must have misunderstood.” When God jerks them around, they try to pretend they aren’t devastated. They are so afraid of asking certain questions and crossing certain lines of honesty that they end up with some shallow, hypocritical, milksop relationship when God wanted them to have a deep core bond. We need to be honest with God. We get there by taking a good hard look at all the ways He’s jerked people around in the past and wrestling with the questions and fears that such discoveries spark within us. You aren’t going to ever experience God’s best for you by denying how He operates. When God is driving you up the wall, He wants you to be honest about your exasperation with Him so He can talk with you about some important issues. We all need to stop with the games.

Now here in Hebrews, Rabbi is trying to make Jews see Christ as a priest. The first obvious problem with that metaphor is that Jews have had it drilled into their brains by Yahweh that only Levites can be priests and Christ wasn’t a Levite. Rabbi says, “That’s right, He wasn’t. But that’s okay because a change in Covenant changes all the rules—even the rules for priests.”

Well, no, Christ isn’t a priest, and trying to see Him as one only takes us in the wrong direction. In our fourth lesson, we talked about how the whole concept of priestly intercessors brings back elements of distance which Yahweh has intentionally excluded from this New Covenant.

This change has been made very clear since a different priest, who is like Melchizedek, has appeared. Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. And the psalmist pointed this out when he prophesied, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” [Ps. 110:4] (Heb. 7:15-17)

Since when does being immortal qualify you to be a priest? It doesn’t—Rabbi just made that up. And since he keeps quoting Psalm 110 over and over again, let’s now check out what that Psalm is about.

Psalm 110 was written by David. In the Gospels, we find Jesus referencing the first part of this psalm to mess with the minds of rebellious Pharisees:

While the Pharisees were together, Jesus questioned them, “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose Son is He?”

“David’s,” they replied.

Then Jesus asked them, “How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls Him ‘Lord’ by saying: ‘Yahweh declared to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand until I put Your enemies under Your feet”? If David calls Him ‘Lord,’ how then can the Messiah be his Son?”

No one was able to answer Him at all, and from that day no one dared to question Him anymore. (Matt. 22:41-46)

Notice who Jesus is talking to here: Pharisees. The apostle Paul was a Pharisee, and Pharisees believed that the entire Old Testament was God-breathed. The author of Hebrews is clearly well-versed on Scripture–at least enough to turn many Old Testament passages into direct quotations from Yahweh when they weren’t direct quotes at all. Jesus knows all about how the Jews idolized Scriptures, and here in Matthew 22, He is intentionally pinning them into a theological corner. If David was really “inspired” in his writings—and the Pharisees believed he was—then how do they explain that King David is referring to Yahweh plus another Lord in this passage? Now in ancient Jewish culture, “lord” or adonai was a very common title of respect. It was like calling someone “master”. Women called their husbands “lord”. People called their idols their “lords”. But assuming David is ruling as king over Israel at the time he is writing this, he is the highest authority in the land. So who is he going to call “lord”? Yahweh, certainly, but who else? Jesus neatly claims that He is the One David is referring to in this passage. Hm. The Pharisees are fuming, but they can’t come up with a decent rebuttal. In Hebrews 7, Rabbi says: “Look, Yahweh is saying that Jesus is a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” Well, not really.  David is the one doing the talking in Psalm 110 and David isn’t talking about Christ.

So what was really going on with David when he penned this strange little psalm? In this psalm David is speaking of himself in the third person. He’s talking like another citizen of Israel who is marveling at how favored David is by Yahweh. And indeed, David has much to brag about for he is not just any king. He is one of Yahweh’s favorites, and Yahweh has made David some fantastic promises. In our first lesson, we learned about how David wanted to honor Yahweh by building Him a grand Temple to replace His portable tent Tabernacle. Yahweh responded by making David a promise that any ancient Jew would be green with envy over: Yahweh promised to make David’s dynasty eternal. Yahweh’s speech to David is found in 2 Samuel 7. Here are some key things that Yahweh promised David:

I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. (2 Sam. 7:9)

I will also give you rest from all your enemies. (2 Sam. 7:11)

Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before Me; your throne will be established forever. (2 Sam. 7:16)

When we think of forever, who do we think of? Melchizedek. In Psalm 110, David is marveling at the awesome promises Yahweh has made to him, and he is describing himself in the third person as he says:

What Yahweh says to my lord: “Sit at My right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet!” (Ps. 110:1)

Yahweh is God. To be invited to sit at His right side is a high honor. David feels highly honored by all of these marvelous promises Yahweh has made him, one of which is to give David rest from all of his enemies.

May Yahweh make your mighty scepter reach far from Zion! Rule over your enemies! Your people stand ready on your day of battle. In holy grandeur, from the dawn’s womb, fight! Your youthful strength is like the dew itself. (Ps. 110:2-3)

What is David being described as doing in this passage? Is he offering sacrifices in the Tabernacle? No, he is ruling as a king. David was a king. Melchizedek was a king as well. So the next verse should be translated:

Yahweh has sworn a solemn pledge and won’t change His mind: “You are a king forever in the order of Melchizedek.” (Ps. 110:4)

Yahweh has promised David that his dynasty will reign forever. The legend of Melchizedek is that he, too, rules forever. Here David is paraphrasing Yahweh’s promise to him. David will be a king like Melchizedek—a king who always rules. All throughout the Old Testament, Yahweh will speak of David ruling forever.

My master, by your strong hand, God has crushed kings on His day of wrath. Yahweh brings the nations to justice, piling the dead bodies, crushing heads throughout the earth. (Ps. 110:5-6)

David did a whole lot of battling during his reign, and he really expanded Israel’s borders. David was very good at giving Yahweh the credit for his victories. Here he describes himself as Yahweh’s instrument of wrath against other nations that Israel conquered and oppressed during her glory days.

He drinks from a stream along the way, then holds his head up high. (Ps. 110:7)

This is a picture of a soldier chasing after his enemies, getting exhausted, and pausing to refresh himself at a brook before continuing on. It works for human David who spent a ton of time on the battlefield. We find accounts in the Bible of David making some epic treks with his men on the battlefield—pushing himself to the point of exhaustion and then being refueled again by some simple form of sustenance. In this psalm, David is exulting in the amazing promises that Yahweh has given him. He’s thinking, “Wow! I’m like the legendary Melchizedek—my descendants will reign forever and ever!”

So is it a stretch to say that our translators got it wrong when they put in “priest” instead of “king” in this passage? Not when you understand how translation of ancient languages work. A lot of it depends on context. Suppose you don’t speak English and you’re trying to figure out what the word “cool” means. All you have to work with is an article about weather. You notice that the same word “cool” is used five times in the article. In four of the cases, the context makes it clear that it’s a reference to temperature. The last usage is unclear—the sentence just says, “So I went outside, and I thought to myself ‘This is cool.’” Because this word has been referring to temperature everywhere else, you assume this is another reference to temperature. But in reality, the original author meant something really different in this last usage of “cool.” They meant “very appealing.”

The same thing happens when we’re translating ancient Hebrew. The word that is translated in Psalm 110 as “priest” can pop up other places in the Bible where it is clearly referring to a priest, but that doesn’t mean the word can’t have other meanings. Every language is filled with words that have multiple meanings, and often many of those meanings are unrelated. If we talk about a trunk in English, we could be talking about the nose on an elephant, the storage compartment of a car, a piece of luggage, the main stem of a tree, a person’s torso, or swimming shorts. If you look up the original Hebrew word that is translated priest in Psalm 110, it will be defined as meaning either a priest or a chief ruler. A king is certainly a chief ruler, and a king is clearly what is being described in Psalm 110.

So then, David was talking about himself, not Christ, in this psalm. He was referring to Melchizedek as a king, not as a priest. But Rabbi doesn’t care about what David’s original intentions were. Rabbi just wants to use some of David’s words to push this notion about Christ being the ultimate priest so he can exalt Christ as being above the Levitical priesthood and above Abraham. He already exalted Christ as greater than Moses back in Chapter 3. Rabbi wants these Jews to see Christ as superior to all of their cultural heroes.

Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to Yahweh. (Heb. 7:18-19)

Whenever Christians start bagging on the Old Covenant as being insufficient, they are talking like fools. People have always been saved by grace, not by the blood of animals. Yahweh did not set the Old Covenant aside because He thought it was flawed. Yahweh doesn’t consider anything that He comes up with to be flawed. He changed Covenants because He felt like it, not because He was disapproving of His own work. This is a very important point to grasp, for when we start demeaning God’s work, we end up in delusions.

David lived under the Old Covenant. David made a boatload of mistakes in his life, yet after he was gone, Yahweh said that David “kept My commandments and followed Me with all his heart, to do only that which was right in My sight” (1 Ki. 14:8). How could David get the “perfect” rating from Yahweh if he lived before Christ? How could he be such a raging success in God’s eyes if the Old Covenant priesthood was so weak and useless? The answer is that the priesthood had nothing to do with making a man right in God’s eyes. People have always been saved by grace, not by animal blood.

For most of the Old Testament, the sacrificial system was totally corrupted. For large portions of Israel’s history, it was completely shut down. When there are no sacrifices being done, how can anyone stay in good standing with Yahweh? Because it is our soul’s response to God which makes us pleasing to Him, not trips to the Temple. Rabbi is out of line to speak so disparagingly about Yahweh’s original set up. If Yahweh came up with it, Yahweh liked it. Just because Yahweh decides to do something new doesn’t mean He thinks that what He did before was flawed.

This new system was established with a solemn oath. Aaron’s descendants became priests without such an oath, but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For Yahweh said to Jesus: “Yahweh has taken an oath and will not break His vow: ‘You are a priest forever.’” [Ps. 110:4]  Because of this oath, Jesus is the One who guarantees this better Covenant with Yahweh. (Heb. 7:20-22)

Rabbi says that the New Covenant was established way back in Psalm 110, over a thousand years before Christ was ever born. Really?? No, Yahweh isn’t swearing in the New Covenant way back in David’s lifetime.

There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. But because Jesus lives forever, His priesthood lasts forever. Therefore He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to Yahweh through Him. He lives forever to intercede with Yahweh on their behalf. (Heb. 7:23-25)

Rabbi says it was death that prevented Levite priests from remaining in office.  No, actually it was the fact that Yahweh said they could only serve until the age of 50.  How annoying of Rabbi to keep lying so blatantly about how the Old Covenant worked.

Notice how Rabbi keeps trying to ram Christ between us and Yahweh. We learned in our previous lesson how Yahweh ripped open the veil of the Most Holy Place so that all could come in and stand directly in His Presence. But Rabbi keeps shoving us away from Yahweh by insisting that we need Christ to perpetually intercede for us. Well, no, Christ is not some wall between you and Yahweh. Christ is like the guy who opens the front door and leads you to the living room where you can plunk down on the sofa and talk with all three of your Creators. The New Covenant is about being up close to your Gods with no barriers in-between.

Jesus is the kind of high priest we need because He is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in Heaven. Unlike those other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when He offered Himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins. The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, Yahweh appointed His Son with an oath, and His Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever. (Heb. 7:23-28)

You just can’t get good teaching about the New Covenant from a Jew who refuses to let go of priests. If you want to know truth, you need to listen to God, not Rabbi. God says the priest thing is over.

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