Christ’s Eternal Priesthood
Hebrews 6:19-20 (ESV)
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,  where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 7:1-10 (ESV)
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,  and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.  He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.
 See how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils!  And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers, though these also are descended from Abraham.  But this man who does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.  It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior.  In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one of whom it is testified that he lives.  One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham,  for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him.
In writing the Book of Hebrews, the author was out to show the greatness of Christ over and above anything else that make claims of greatness. Jewish believers were being tempted to return to their Jewish traditional beliefs. The writer offers proof after proof that to go back would be to forfeit all hope for eternal life with the Lord. Hebrews was written to show that to return to OT practices would be an empty endeavor because everything that the OT pointed to finds its reality in Jesus Christ.
We should think of the OT as a map or signs that directs us to Jesus. Kids, it’s like going to King’s Island. The map shows the roads to take to get there and then once you get closer there are signs that say Kings Island with a arrow. It would be terribly wrong for mom and dad to pull over the car at the side of the road by the sign and say, Here we are! No, you’re not there. The sign points to a reality it is not the reality. The reality is the park not the sign pointing to the park. Continue Reading