Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.
Comment: This passage assumes/confirms that there is a real world that we cannot see. The rank of persons and the set up of the place called ‘the Heavens’ is as real as the world in which we live. There are instances in scripture where people’s eyes were opened to see this other world. But God, and presumably others there, know what goes on here and that place has a direct relation to us. The tabernacle made under instructions which God gave Moses is just a type/picture of what is in Heaven a reality. The High Priest, who used to go into the place, made as a type of what is a reality above, has been replaced by a man (God-man) who has done all the right things to deserve the position which He now holds as our everlasting High Priest/Representative at the Throne of God Himself.
Jesus Christ’s ministry as the High Priest is greatly superior to the Levitical Priesthood which is now superceded. The new covenant which comes with this new High Priest is also more excellent. If the first covenant had been ‘faultless’ it would not have needed to be replaced. It was only ever meant to be a lead up to the coming of the promised Messiah. We shall see this explained in more depth in the coming chapters.
Prayer: Help me to see as I read on all the advantages which You promise in Your New Covenant, O God.