Hebrews studies series
PICTURE-PERFECT PRIESTHOOD, Part 2
LESSON #14 in Hebrews – A complete study
· What does it mean to have “unlimited access”?
· Where might it be nice to have unlimited access in your every day world?
· Spiritually speaking, what does it mean to have unlimited access? Why is this such and a blessing and encouragement?
Tonight we continue our study of Hebrews 7. This chapter shows us that Melchizedek is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. We want to look at the rest of this chapter with a view of seeing the unlimited access we have before God because of the priesthood of the Lord Jesus which is after the “Order of Melchizedek.
· Who was Melchizedek?
· POSITION – Vss. 1-2 – Melchizedek was King of Peace and King of Righteousness. How does Jesus fulfill these two titles?
· PERPETUITY – Vs. 3 - Why is a continual priesthood significant and desirable?
· PRIORITY – Vss. 4-10 – What two things in Vs. 4 show us that Melchizedek had priority over Abraham.
· Melchizedek is superior to Levi because Levi paid tithes to Melchizedek and Melchizedek blessed Him. How did Levi do that?
ü “Often in Scripture the word ‘perfection’ has the meaning of ‘maturity’ or ‘completeness.’ So some assume ‘perfection’ here means ‘completeness in relation to God.’ But actually the meaning here is more specialized and means ‘to put someone in the position in which he can come, or stand, before God’ – access to God… So again, ‘perfection’ here in verse 11 refers to access to God and a right relationship to him.” R. Kent Hughes, Preaching The Word, Hebrews Volume One, An Anchor For the Soul (Wheaton Illinois, Crossway Books, 1993) pp. 194-195
ü Vs. 11 - How did the Levitical priesthood go about giving the Israelites access to God?
ü Why was there a need for a better priesthood than the Levitical priesthood?
ü Vs. 12 – The priesthood today has been changed to the priesthood of the Lord Jesus who is a priest under the Order of Melchizedek. Tied to the priesthood was the ceremonial law that included all the offerings and sacrifices. What is the new law of sacrifices? Hebrews 10:14
ü Vss. 13-14 – What disqualified the Lord Jesus from being a Levitical priest?
ü Vss. 15-16 – What carnal or fleshly requirements were there for a man to be a Levitical priest?
ü Vss. 16-17 – What quality did the Lord Jesus have similar to Melchizedek that the priests did not have?
ü Vss. 18-19 – Why can’t the law make us perfect, that is give us permanent access to God?
ü Why is Jesus the better hope? How will this help us in our daily walk with Him?
P Vs. 17 – Who promised that Jesus would be a High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek? Why is it important that we remember this?
P Vss. 20-21 - Why would God use an oath when His word is good without one?
P Vss. 20-21 – How is this oath an encouragement to us?
F Vs. 22 – How is the New Testament or covenant better than the Old?
F Vs. 22 – How is Jesus the guarantee of the New Testament? Matthew 26:27-28
F Vs. 23 – What ultimately disqualified all Levitical priests from serving?
F Vss. 24-25 – How does Jesus having an unchangeable priesthood affect us?
F Vs. 25 – What does it mean to you to be saved to the uttermost?
F Vs. 25 – What does Jesus’ intercession before God’s throne mean to you?
F Vs. 26 – Comment on these qualities of our Great High Priest.
F Vs. 27 – What is the significant difference between the Levitical priests and Jesus in this verse?
F Vs. 28 – How is God’s oath superior to the law?