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Change of Law

The new priesthood after the order of Melchizedek inaugurated in Jesus means a CHANGE OF LAW - Hebrews 7:12. The letter to the  Hebrews  is structured around comparisons that demonstrate the superiority of the “ word spoken in the Son ” over past revelations “ spoken in the prophets ,” including Moses. Jesus surpasses even the Great Lawgiver.

Tent Pitched by God

Jesus intercedes without ceasing for his people in the true heavenly Tabernacle, one not made with human hands . In the gospel of  John , Jesus is the true Tabernacle where God dwells. Unlike the ancient structure with its inner sanctuary that only the high priest could enter, now, in Christ, His glory is visible for all men to see. No longer is His presence limited by physical walls and geographic boundaries.

Let Us Draw Near

Disciples must hold fast to their confession and approach Jesus in boldness, especially in times of great need . After urging believers to enter God’s “ rest ,” this literary section concludes with a description of the powerful and penetrating word of God, then returns to the subject of Christ’s priesthood. Believers must strive to enter His “ rest ” while the opportunity remains - “ TODAY, hearken to His voice .” Because Israel refused to believe the words of Yahweh, Joshua could not lead that generation into the Promised Land.

Enter His Rest

Disciples who fail to hold fast to their confession due to unbelief and disobedience will not inherit the coming “rest” of God .  The letter continues with the example of Israel’s rebellion in the wilderness to summon its readers not to make the same error of unbelief and thereby fail to enter God’s “ rest .” In the desert, God decreed that the generation of Israelites freed from bondage would not enter the land of Canaan. Believers who now fail to “ hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end ” will face a similar fate.

Harden not your Hearts

Disciples who fail to hold fast to their confession due to unbelief will not inherit the coming rest of God .  After expounding on the “ household of God ” and demonstrating the superiority of the Son over Moses, the “ servant of God ,” the study continues with a lesson drawn from the story of Israel. During its sojourn in the wilderness, the Israelites complained bitterly against Moses for leading them to a place lacking sufficient water.

Incomparable New Covenant

Jesus inaugurated the vastly superior new covenant in his death, rendering the old one obsolete . The “word” that God now speaks “ in the Son ” surpasses all the past revelations made in “ the prophets .” Jesus went beyond them, “ having achieved the purification of sins .” Consequently, he “ sat down ” at the right hand of God and inherited “ all things .”

Priest Forever

His priesthood is superior since it rests on his endless resurrection life and God’s oath. He is the promised priest after the order of Melchizedek – Psalm 110:4.  The letter to the Hebrews  is built on a series of comparisons that demonstrate the supremacy of the “ word spoken in ” Christ over all past revelations “ spoken in the prophets .” The former “words” were true but partial and preparatory. But now, “ upon the last of these days ,” God has “ spoken ” with great finality in one who is a “ Son .”