For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. Comment: As we saw yesterday, weak and unable to accomplish what it set out to do, the law is replaced by a better way in which we have Hope.
And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, but 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.’”
This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant. Comment: Each High Priest took his place because he was in the right family. God had set up the system but each new man didn’t have a specific blessing by an oath from God. Jesus, however, did have that oath from God, which established Him forever in His Priestly position.
The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, 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. Comment: This makes absolute sense, the Levitical high priests all died, Jesus was raised from death and ascended into heaven; indestructible.
For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He 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. For 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. Comment: This section champions Jesus as the Perfect High Priest.
- He is perfect in every way and has offered Himself in His perfection as the adequate sacrifice to obtain forgiveness and to cancel perfection as the basis for adoption into God’s family.
- Compared to the weakness of the forerunning types, He is perfect for the position and God swears that in an oath.
Prayer: Thank you God that Jesus’ appointment is at your behest!