Hebrews

More on Melchizedek

In chapter 5, the writer introduced us to the idea that Jesus was a priest of a new order, not of the order of Aaron and Levi, but of the order of Melchizedek. Now in chapter 7, the writer expands on the idea of Jesus bringing in a new priestly order.

Hebrews is written to Hebrews. Hebrews is not written to Gentile Christians. Whilst not all God’s word may be written to us, we can certainly say that all of God’s word has been written for us – there is much in Hebrews that is helpful for us as Gentile Christians.

Sin entered the world through Adam. We are all affected by sin, because we are all in Adam. We are all sinful by nature: it’s effectively an inherited trait. Sin brings death, both physical death and spiritual death. Death is not annihilation but separation – in our natural state we are dead to God – we are separated from him. Because God is by nature love, mercy and kindness, he sent Christ Jesus into this world to save sinners.

There’s nothing quite like being at home after a long absence or journey. In the course of my work I have travelled a few times to Japan. The trip would often begin on a Sunday evening with an overnight flight to Tokyo and an internal flight to Osaka. We stayed in a fabulous hotel and worked from Tuesday through to Friday. The return trip lasted about 20 hours from door to door, but what a great feeling it was to be back at home!

The bible is the story line of God’s restoration plan following the fall of Adam. The restoration is centred on Jesus Christ the ‘last Adam.’ We’ve seen in Hebrews thus far that Jesus is above the angels, he is God (chapter 1), but whilst he is God is he fully human too (chapter 2).

Unexpressed (and often unwitting assumptions) and confirmation bias can easily cloud our thinking and judgment. Since we live in the ‘church age’ and since this era has continued for the best part of 2,000 years, we tend to approach the bible from a church age-perspective. The reality is that the bible is a Hebrew book.