Jesus is an eternal high priest in heaven in the order of Melchizedek. This is presented as a contrast to the Levitical priestly lineage of Aaron. Jesus is a return to the original, not a new release of the inferior and inadequate copy.
3. a. 1. priest of God Most High
2.king of righteousness
3.king of peace
4.Without father or mother,
6.without beginning of days or end of life
7. he remains a priest forever
Difference: Melchizedek was like the Son of God – Jesus was the Son of God
b. Melchizedek was superior to Abraham because he blessed Abraham (greater blesses the lesser) and Abraham gave offering to him (honor).
4. On the day the law was to be presented to the Isrealites they were consumed by idolatry including Aaron. The Levites clung to Moses and with sword executed the punishment on their brothers. This set them aside and placed them as administrators of the law of Moses.
5. a. v20: You are a priest forever. v24 because Jesus lives forever He has a permanent priesthood, v 25 He always lives, v28 The son has been made perfect forever.
b. The knowledge that one such as me, a man in every way, sits at God’s right hand providing a path for God’s love to flow to me. God sees the pureness of His son, not the filth of my sins.
I cannot imagine the job of being an old testament priest. Every day killing animals, a business of blood and burnt flesh, butchering and sin. Feeling and seeing and asking God for forgiveness of the sins of your kin, your brothers. Only to wake up the next morning and do it all over again. Day after day, year after year. It had to be a bloody, dirty, weary job. But Jesus wasn’t a new version of this same old drudgery. God gave us a peak at the plan he had for Jesus in Melchizedek back in Genesis. Melchizedek wasn’t a butcher, he was a blesser. Melchizedek wasn’t the sword who killed, he was the king who praised and was worthy of a tithe of father Abraham. Jesus does not offer new sacrifices day after day after day, covered in blood. He sits victorious, whiter than snow, permanently bridging through love and grace our pathway to God for all eternity.