Having established his position that Melchizedek the king of Salem and priest of the Most High God who appeared to Abram, received a tithe from him and blessed him is actually Jesus Himself , the Hebrews writer now begins to discuss Jesus’ eternal and perfect priesthood itself, contrasting it with the imperfect priesthood of mortal human priests.
The writer now returns to his discussion of Jesus’ role as our great High Priest, quoting once more Psalm 110:4 proclaiming that Jesus is a high Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek, and offering a much more detailed explanation of Jesus’ relationship to Melchizedek – the King of Salem and Priest of the Most High God.
The Hebrews writer puts aside for the time being his discussion of Jesus’ role as our Great High Priest, and His relationship with Melchizedek – the priest and king of Salem, and takes up a brief exhortation for all believers to beware of growing stagnant in our spiritual lives, pointing out the need for us to continually grow in Christ. We then tackle one of the most difficult passages in the entire Word of God as the writer warns that those who fall away from the faith cannot possibly be redeemed again.
Now having thoroughly examined the concept of Jesus as the Living Word of God, we take up the idea that is the central tenet of the letter to the Hebrews – Jesus’ role as our great and compassionate High Priest.
As we continue our study of Hebrews we now come to one of the best known passages in the Bible as we consider Jesus – The Living Word of God.
Our concluding study of the Hebrews writer’s exhortation for us not to follow in the disbelief of the Israelites who disobeyed God’s command to go up from Egypt and conquer the promised land of Canaan. In this study, we examine God’s promised rest.
In Hebrews 3:7-4:2, the author uses the Israelite’s failure to obey God in the wilderness after the exodus from Egypt as a cautionary tale for us not to harden our hearts to the Gospel message lest we not be able in the end to enter into God’s rest.