Today, we begin the next division of Hebrews, Chapters 5 through 7, which demonstrate that Jesus is our supreme and eternal High Priest even though he came not from the tribe of Levi, but from the tribe of Judah.
Beginning with a review of the Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants in the Old Testament, Pastor Kevin then shows how the Old Testament foretold a change in the priesthood from the Aaronic / Levitical priesthood to something entirely new, “after the order of Melchizedek,” the priest of God Most High in Genesis 14, who blessed Abram (Abraham) and received his tithe of battle spoils.
Hebrews 5, Psalm 110, and other passages show how Jesus fulfilled this as well as other Messianic prophecies. We examine the the accounts of prideful people in the Old Testament who attempted to usurp the high priestly role and were judged for it, demonstrating that it is God alone Who designates High Priests. In contrast, we see David and King Hezekiah also taking actions reserved for the High Priest alone without judgment. David serves as a type of his descendent Who would be the promised Messiah. King Hezekiah serves as an example of believers today who come to God through, and only through, our High Priest, Jesus.