- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Hebrew 7
Jesus, the great High Priest.
Chapter 7 describes Jesus as perfect and forever High Priest by comparing the priesthood of Melchizedek and the Levitical priesthood. The story of Melchizedek is written in Genesis 14:17-24. He was the king and priest, without human genealogy and a priest forever (1-3) before Moses, Aaron and Levi were born.
Levitical priesthood was inadequate because it was provisional and temporary (11-14). On the other hand, a priest in the likeness of Melchizedek was eternal (Psalm 110:4), neither inherited nor transmitted (15-19). Unlike the Levitical priest, Jesus was appointed with a divine oath (Psalm 110:4).
Jesus is the great High Priest forever, ordered by Melchizedek before the Law came into, not by ordered by Aaron and Levi after the Law came into being through Moses.
Many human priest were needed because they died. But Jesus always lives to intercede for those who come to him. Human priest offered sacrificial offering many times, But Jesus offered himself once for all, made perfect.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.