Thursday, December 30, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Three Hundred Fifty-Seven

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Seven, Hebrews 1-6

Ah, Hebrews. My absolute favorite book of the Bible. I've waited all year for this! Especially after having read the Bible through in its entirety for the first time ever this year! The reason I love Hebrews so much is because, to me, it is the book that best ties the story of the Old Testament to the message of the New Testament, and I find that breathtakingly beautiful!

Hebrews starts out similarly to the book of Colossians, with the powerful message of Christ's deity. "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven."

I've heard a couple of different themes that could be given to Hebrews...it contains the "Hall of Faith"...it definitely teaches the message of "Once for All"...but I believe my favorite is that it is "the Book of Better Things." The Hebrew writer, after talking about Christ's deity, goes on to declare that Christ is greater than Moses and greater than Joshua. He explains that Christ is a priest, a high priest, and even better than the Levitical priests descended from Aaron, Christ was a priest in the order of Melchizedek. You remember Melchizedek, don't you? He was a priest and a king, the first priest of God that we see mentioned in the Bible; in fact, the Hebrew writer makes the case that Melchizedek was even greater than the Jewish patriarch Abraham, because Abraham gave a tithe to Melchizedek. He was not of the tribe of Levi, not descended from Aaron; he was before the Law. Likewise, Christ, although not descended from Aaron, not of the tribe of Levi, is a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek, as the psalmist writes, "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."

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