For many centuries the Levites who made up the priesthood had been offering all the ordained sacrifices mandated by the law. Generation after generation this was the way it was done. Fathers passed it down to sons who became a father who passed it down to his son. It was their whole duty in life to intercede for those who had sinned. Each one died and another took his place to carry on the priestly duties.......for centuries!!
Then Jesus came on the scene and things changed forever. He became the final sacrifice but their still was a need for a priest to plead our case (intercede) for our sins. He lives (raised up after the crucifixion) to continually make intercession for us. It would be great if we could repent once and for all. Everything is taken care of. Unfortunately, we have a habit of making mistakes. Thanks be to the Lord hope is not lost! Jesus is ALWAYS there to stand in for us. The Hebrews had difficulty grabbing a hold on this concept. There was a sudden and abrupt change to the way things would be done going forward. Some became rebellious and insensitive to what the Lord had done for them.
What sort of change is ahead for us?
Will we be open to the new thing God will do throughout the entire earth? Has He not said to us that we have been called to a special work in the Last Day Revival of the Name of Jesus? We do not have to worry about Him being there because He changes not. We may be uneasy due to our human nature being naturally resistant to change, but just because it is the "way it has been done for years" does not mean we have to be frustrated. He has an unchangeable "priesthood" and He will be there every second as He reveals Himself more perfectly to this world.
We are living in the greatest of all generations who have ever lived.
Sure perilous times have appeared, but when you see these things lift up your eyes to the eastern skies for the Lord is coming back again!
The character of Melchisedec
1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
A new law and a new priesthood
11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
This is the greatest generation to be living in and the time is short. I will keep my eyes on the eastern skies!