The Priestly Order of Melchizedek Hebrews 7:1—8:5
The Old Testament priests all came from the tribe of Levi, so they were called Levitical priests. It was a great honor to be of the tribe of Levi and to be connected with the Jewish priesthood. But Jesus is connected with an altogether better priesthood. In Genesis 14:18-20 we see Melchizedek, who was both a priest and a king, bless Abram. Melchizedek's brief appearance in Scripture foreshadows the coming of a greater high priest from a line other than that of Aaron. The author of Hebrews goes on to show how Jesus, a high priest from the priestly order of Melchizedek is better than the Jewish priestly order of Aaron. Jesus' position came from the power of an indestructible life, whereas the Levitical priests served through a legal requirement. Jesus holds priesthood permanently and forever lives to make intercession for us. Many Levitical priests were needed because they could serve for only one lifetime. Whereas Jesus was holy and unstained with sin, the priests had to make daily animal sacrifices to atone for their sins and the sins of the people. Jesus made only one sacrifice and that was of himself on the cross. One sacrifice for all.