The Law is No Way to Live

 

Hebrews 7:11-28

 

Pastor Jason Poling

May 5, 2024

 

Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? 12For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. 13For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. 14For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 

15This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, 16who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. 17For it is witnessed of him, 

 

                  “You are a priest forever, 

      after the order of Melchizedek.” 

 

18For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 19(for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. 

20And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, 21but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him: 

 

                  “The Lord has sworn 

      and will not change his mind, 

                  ‘You are a priest forever.’ ” 

 

22This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant. 

23The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. 

26For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

Hebrews 7:11–28

 

Why does God replace the Old Covenant Levitical Priesthood with Christ as Priest?

 

ANSWER #1:  THE OLD COVENANT LAW WAS WEAK AND USELESS IN PERFECTING GOD’S PEOPLE

Hebrews 7:11-19

How the Law is weak:  It undergoes a change when the Priesthood is changed

Hebrews 7:12-17

How the Law is weak: It is set aside by the Gospel hope in Christ

Hebrews 7:18-19

ANSWER #2: THE OLD COVENANT PRIESTHOOD WAS NOT ESTABLISHED BY GOD’S OATH

Hebrews 7:20-28

APPLICATIONS

Jesus, the only High Priest, shows us the Law is no way to Live.

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