Hebrews: Who is Jesus? | Day Six
Our Perfect High Priest | By: Kate Downing
“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” - Hebrews 7:25
Congratulations! You’ve made it to week two of our study in the book of Hebrews!!
Take a minute to write a sentence summary for each of the following descriptions of Jesus we studied last week:
Creator and Sustainer –
Founder of Our Salvation –
Our Understanding High Priest –
Hope and Anchor of Our Souls –
Stop and thank God for the things He has taught you about His Son, Jesus! Ask Him to continue to teach you today through His Word.
We’ve studied the fact that Jesus is our high priest, specifically, our understanding high priest. Today, we are going to see that He is also our perfect high priest. This means He is complete, sinless, holy, and fully able to intercede before God on our behalf.
Before we can understand fully what chapter seven has to say about who Jesus is as our perfect high priest, we have to meet a man named Melchizedek. He is a priest and king who held the highest position of priestly authority until Jesus.
Read Genesis 14:18-20 and summarize who Melchizedek was.
Thousands of years later, the people of Israel still viewed Melchizedek as the example of a righteous priest. Abraham had regarded him so highly that he gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything he had.
Read Hebrews 7:1-10. How highly did the people of Israel regard Melchizedek?
Who does verse seven say Melchizedek resembles?
Read Hebrews 7:11-14. The Levitical priests were descendants of the tribe of Levi. God specifically appointed the Levite tribe to produce priests who would serve God and make sacrifices on behalf of the people. Aaron was the first of these priests.
Did anyone become perfect through the Levitical priesthood (through the Law)?
Were any of these priests perfect?
Read Hebrews 7:15-22. Who is the high priest who arises “in the order of Melchizedek”?
On what basis was He made a priest (v. 16)?
Who is the “better hope” mentioned in verse 19?
Read Hebrews 7:23-28. Why is Jesus able to save completely anyone who draws near to Him (accepts Him as their Savior) according to verse 25?
List the descriptions of Jesus as our perfect high priest in verses 26-28.
Read Hebrews 8:1-7.
Why is the New Covenant that Jesus mediates better than the Old (vs. 6)?
Read Hebrews 8:8-13. This is a quotation from the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah from Jeremiah 31:31-34. Six hundred years before the coming of Jesus, the prophet declared that God would establish a new covenant, one that would offer a sacrifice for sins once and for all. We will study more about the perfect sacrifice tomorrow.
As for today, read Hebrews 7:25 again. Spend the last few minutes thanking Jesus for being your perfect high priest who “always lives to make intercession” for you!