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Hebrews 7:8

Nov 17, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  11 Comments

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. Hebrews 7:8

Again the author brings in the eternality of Melchizedek’s priesthood. As previously noted, this doesn’t mean that Melchizedek is an eternal being, but because Scripture provides no information on him concerning his death, he is a pattern of Jesus who possesses an eternal ministry. Now, the author first states, “Here mortal men.” The word “here” is speaking of the historical period where the Levitical system was still being practiced in Israel. It is the Levites who collected the tithe from the people of Israel, and who then tithed a portion of that to the priests. These are all termed “mortal men.”

There is a recorded death of Aaron, and there is the record of subsequent generations of Levites and priests who came, served, and died. At the time of the writing of Hebrews, anyone in Israel could go to the temple and see the men there and ask, “How old are you?” None could say, “I am eternal.” All were simply mortal men who served out their term and passed on. The offering to the Levites and priests was because they were set apart for the service of God and the temple; their position was an exalted one, despite the fact that they were mortal and eventually died. But then there is David’s allusion in Psalm 110:4 to the coming Messiah who is “a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” In contrast to those under the law, the author next says, “but there he.”

This is speaking of the account in Genesis which bears the record of Melchizedek. The Bible specifically overlooks any record of his genealogy, birth, death, and so on. Because of this, it is an implicit hint that we are being asked to overlook such things and to consider him as still living. And indeed, the Bible then confirms that viewpoint in the 110th Psalm. Through these two witnesses, the author says of him, “of whom it is witnessed that he lives.”

This is again intended to show the superiority of the priesthood of Melchizedek over that of the line of Aaron. In one, the priest “lives.” In the other, they are “mortal men.” This understanding can now be coupled with the reception of tithes. Aaron’s line received tithes according to an established law, and they did so in a temporary (mortal) capacity. Melchizedek received tithes by inherent right, and he does so in an eternal capacity. Therefore, one who is “according to the order of Melchizedek” has a priesthood which is both before and after the duration of the temporary system of the Law of Moses. As it is both before and after, it was also there during. While the insert of the law was being played out in redemptive history, the priesthood of Melchizedek (according to Scripture) never stopped being in effect.

In this priesthood, Melchizedek collected Abraham’s tenth of the plunder which, in the next two verses, will be analyzed from a most unique perspective. It is one which will show the immense greatness of Melchizedek in the eyes of the author.

Life application: While thinking on what the author is saying, understand that Abraham is mentioned well over 200 times in the Bible while Melchizedek is mentioned just 10. And yet the author intimates that Melchizedek is greater than Abraham! This would have shocked the Jewish people considering their great admiration and esteem for this noted Patriarch. As this is so, and as Melchizedek is simply a type of Christ to come, why would anyone go back to a temporary, ineffective law in order to be justified before God? The ineffective nature of the law is not because the law was faulty, but because we are. Only Jesus, who came without fault, could be justified before the law. And so only by faith in Him can we likewise be justified before God. Think correctly, leave behind the Hebrew Roots false gospel, and come to Christ for your right standing before God.

O Lord, just as the Israelites depended on their genealogy more than a personal relationship with You, so we often do the same. We boast of our family relationships, our notable friends, how much we make, or how much we have. Rather than this, Your word tells us – “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” Help us to boast only in You! Amen.

11 Comments

  • amen thank you

  • Amen to that, Boast not want not! Boasting leaves us empty and searching for gratification from others but when we we boast on the lord we are compleat for we have blessings from the lord to fill our lives.
    I have to admit I am greatly distress these days as I see ” Christians” not moving forward in the word but going backwards. It’s becoming a daily part of my conversation with other Christians that are backing away from the truth of once saved always saved and pre, mid and post trib raptures. It’s as if they are looking forward to suffering and doing works to be accepted into heaven ??? It would be nice to have a calm discussion on it but so many are belligerent and unmoving in their views it just tells me that narrow path is getting smaller by the hour and the ability’s of many to find it are fading fast. Lord we are so ready to come home and leave this madness behind! Please give us the strength we need to endure until you bring us home.

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends

  • Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord! Halelujah! Awesome writings for such time as this! Thank you Dear Lord for Charlie, bless him and please bless all those of SW who are sick and need your blessings the most, thank you! Amen

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    Amen to that, Boast not want not! Boasting leaves us empty and searching for gratification from others but when we we boast on the lord we are compleat for we have blessings from the lord to fill our lives.
    I have to admit I am greatly distress these days as I see ” Christians” not moving forward in the word but going backwards. It’s becoming a daily part of my conversation with other Christians that are backing away from the truth of once saved always saved and pre, mid and post trib raptures. It’s as if they are looking forward to suffering and doing works to be accepted into heaven ??? It would be nice to have a calm discussion on it but so many are belligerent and unmoving in their views it just tells me that narrow path is getting smaller by the hour and the ability’s of many to find it are fading fast. Lord we are so ready to come home and leave this madness behind! Please give us the strength we need to endure until you bring us home.

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends

    • Ready for Him anytime! That is for sure. Sorry about the post not being automatic, but the WordPress system is actually very good to do this from time to time in order to ensure minimal spam. Hooray for minimal spam. HOoooooooOOoooOOooRay for Jesus!

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

  • I have spent much time on your website this afternoon reading. I have learned some things, I have found a lot of things that you and I agree on, and I am blessed to have found her website. However I just finished reading your post from the other day on Hebrews 7:8. Everything was going swimmingly until I got to the last couple of sentences. I am a messianic Jew. I am grafted in. My God is the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob, who is the god of the Savior I’m cyan Jesus, you Shuwa in Hebrew. I am saved by grace through faith. Period. My Messiah died on the cross because of my sons, and he was raised again and he ascended to the right hand of the father and intercedes for me. The false gospel of the Hebrew roots… Not everyone who believes that Christianity has Hebrew roots as listening to or believing in a false gospel; please do not paint us that way.

    Yes, there are people with in “Hebrew roots” who are relying far too much on works. We have all fallen short of the glory of God. But, there are those within Western Christianity who believe that once they are “saved” they can sit on their behinds and do absolutely nothing as they wait for Jesus to come in the clouds and collect them up. Yes, Judaism is far from the Holy, Biblical Word of the holy God, YHWH. But, lest Christianity think it is high and lofty and sitting on a pedestal, it is not. Christianity is as far from the true, biblical word of YHWH on one side the narrow road as Judaism is on the other side in the opposite ditch!

    Please do not make assumptions, as you have done, and paint us all with the broadest of strokes. Unless you’ve walked in the shoes of your brothers and sisters who believe the whole counsel of the Father and the words of own Son, the Savior & Messiah in Matthew 5, in the sermon on the mount, then please watch your words and negative judgments carefully.

    • I don’t have a name to address you, so I apologize for not stating it in the address. The term “Hebrew Roots” is one associated with law keeping. It is a heresy because Christ fulfilled the law. You are (as you noted) saved by grace. Many claim this, but do not live it. Instead, they mandate some precept from the Law of Moses as binding. It is – explicitly in Hebrews – annulled, obsolete, and set aside. As Paul says, it is nailed to the cross. The symbolism in that is Christ fulfilling the law and dying in fulfillment of it. He came out of the grave in a New Covenant context. The law is done. You understand this; many do not.

      However, I do not ever say “Messianic Jews” when I speak of Hebrew Roots. The two are often disassociated, sometimes enjoined. But I always clarify in my commentaries, Bible studies, and sermons what I mean. We must have terms to define what we are speaking about. “Hebrew Roots” is a movement which reintroduces law observance. I have attended Messianic synagogues, have very close personal friends who are believing Jews (several attend our church – both in residence and online – even from Israel), and they understand grace means grace. Hebrew Roots is not a doctrine of grace. Messianic Judaism may be, depending on their adherence to the New Covenant.

      As far as salvation; the Bible is explicit – we are saved by faith in what is stated in 1 Corinthians 15:1-3. That is appropriated by what is stated in Romans 9:9, 10. I cannot go beyond what is written. If someone fulfills what those verses say, they are saved. If they are duff-sitters, the Lord will withhold their rewards, but He will not remove their salvation. Salvation is eternal:

      We believe and are sealed with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee (Ephesians 1:13, 14).

      If we can lose that, 1) it was a terrible guarantee. 2) God made a mistake sealing us, and thus it is not the God of the Bible, and 3) if we can lose it – at any point after salvation – then it was never of grace. It was, by default, of works.

      Therefore, duff-sitters are just as saved as you and I. They will just not receive the rewards they could have received. The New Testament, in context, never questions the salvation of a saved believer. I cannot speak for the actions of others. I can only teach what the word says, not going beyond what is written.

      As far as the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus was speaking to Israel while under the law, in anticipation of the coming kingdom. That will be realized some wonderful day. Until then, we are in the dispensation of Grace where the letters of Paul direct our doctrine. Hebrews is a valuable letter in understanding the situation as it applies to corporate Israel, as well as individuals within the body of Jewish believers.

      Have a glorious rest of your weekend, and a marvelous week ahead. If you wish, email me through the contact page, and then we can talk via regular email after that.

      In Christ,

      Charlie

      • Awesome comments here and for me very timely as I have been going back and forth with someone about the once saved always saved issue. Charles response just gave me more powder for my cannon Amen, Prairie as far as Christians just sitting around waiting to be taken out of here, well yes there are sadly some Christians like that! I was one! It took a long time for me to understand just what I needed to do as a Christian now that I have found grace through Jesus. I was a Christian in stealth mode, in other words I read the bible I accepted Jesus but I was the only one that knew that. One day I heard someone say if you died today would anyone know your a Christian???? That statment had a profound effect on my life! It tried hard very hard to ignore the feelings I was having because of it and tried my best to keep living my statuesque stealthy christian life. It didn’t happen my first baby steps in anoucing to the world that I was a Christian was to start praising God or Jesus openly around my co workers I. e. Everytime something went right for me or those around me I would thank god verbally for those around me to to hear. Long story short The unfounded fear I had of coming out as a Christian publicly vanished. I wanted to share what I have found in Christ with everyone now. I feel sad for those Christians that are as you say just sitting back and waiting. They are missing out on the emmence Joy of leading someone to Christ. As Charlie said they are losing rewards by being couch potatoes for Christ. I just was moved to share that with you? There are many Christians working actively for Jesus Amen we will all receive our just rewards for what we did here for the lord. Hope you hang in there with us Charlie and the Superior Word, it’s awesome and I know you will be greatly blessed for it. God bless my friend

  • Great response to Prairie. I hope that Prairie appreciates the grace that you showed in your response Charlie. I know that you continue to impress me by your walk with the Lord. God bless!

  • Thank you both. I didn’t have the name “Prairie” when I was answering. It was just a blank form with his comments. I hope he wasn’t upset that I didn’t mention him by name. Now that I am at the main forum, I see his comments.

    Please have a most blessed week ahead. Turkey in sight!

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