What is the difference between those in the priestly office of Levi and Melchizedek (7:5–6a)? What did Melchizedek do for Abraham (7:6b)? For one person to bless another during Old Testament times they had to have a superior status. Melchizedek is superior to Abraham because he is both a priest and a king. The author of Hebrews also believed the descendents of Levi were “in the loins of Abraham” when he was blessed by Melchizedek (7:10). Thus, for the author, they too are inferior to Melchizedek and those in his priestly and kingly order (7:7–9).

Why is Jesus not part of the Levitical priesthood (7:13–14)? How did Jesus become a high priest in the likeness of Melchizedek (Heb 7:15–17; compare Psa 110:4)? Was the law about priesthood changed when Jesus became a priest (Heb 7:11–12, 18–19)?

Jesus is a better hope than the Old Testament Law (7:18–19) because He helps us personally draw near to God. He has become a priest by the power of His indestructible life and His anointing by God the Father (7:16–17). Do the finite things of this world seem to matter less to you when you reflect upon the indestructible, eternal person of Jesus?

Continue to reflect and pray through these questions throughout your week.

WEEK 5: Perfect Priest Forever

Pray that God would show you the strength and power of Jesus’ priesthood.

Read Hebrews 7–8.

What is the difference between Jesus’ priesthood and the priesthood of the Levites (7:20–21)? (Hebrews 7:21b is a citation from Psa 110:4.)

Jesus’ priesthood guarantees a better covenant than that of Abraham (Gen 14–15) and Moses. How long will Jesus hold his priesthood (Heb 7:23–24)? What is Jesus able to do because of his priesthood (7:25)? A covenant is an ancient contract. The covenants between God and Abraham, God and Moses, and God the Father and Jesus all involve God promising He will do something, with the expectation that God’s people will respond a particular way. How is the covenant between God the Father and Jesus different than God’s covenants with Abraham and Moses?

What are the five ways Jesus is described in 7:26? Why were these five descriptions chosen by the author to include here? (Compare the attributes of Jesus and those of the Levitical priests listed in 7:26–28.)

Jesus can perfect us in our weaknesses. His abilities are beyond those of the weak priests of past. The Son of God has altered history. How can we join Him in bringing change to our world?

Continue to reflect and pray through these questions throughout your week.

WEEK 6: The Point of Hebrews

Pray that God would show you how sending His Son is different from His other acts.

Read Hebrews 8.

This is one of the few places in the Bible where the author says, “Now hear is the point.” What is the author of Hebrews’ point (8:1–2)?

What was every high priest appointed to do (8:3)? What do the priests on earth offer, and whom do they serve (8:4–5a)? Why was Moses asked to make things for the sanctuary as he was “instructed … on the mountain” (8:5b)? (Hebrews 8:5b is a quote from Exod 25:40.)

What covenant did Moses represent (Heb 8:6a)? What covenant does Jesus’ ministry embody (8:6b)? What are the “better promises” mentioned in Heb 8:7? (See Heb 7:15–22.)

Jesus has given us a new and better covenant. How should we respond to this covenant?

Continue to reflect and pray through these questions throughout your week.

WEEK 7: A New Contract

Pray that God would write His law, as enacted by Jesus, on your mind and heart.

Read Hebrews 8.