Part of the Lent series, preached at a Lent service
According to the writer of Hebrews (7:13-17) Jesus is considered a priest in the order of Melchizedek because, like Melchizedek, Jesus was not a descendant of Aaron, and thus would not qualify for the Jewish priesthood under the Law of Moses. Melchizedek remains known as a priest even today. “He remains a priest forever…is declared to be living” (verses 3, 8). This mysterious priest is the prototype of Jesus Christ. Psalm 110 predicted that the Lord would be a priest in the same way: not according to genealogy, but by special appointment.
This order of Priests was significant in several ways: 1) It was more important than the Levitical priesthood, 2) It implied that the Levitical priesthood was temporary and 3)the new order was permanent.
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