The Jews believed their religion was perfect since it came from God. If it were perfect then why was it prophesied that another high priest would rise according to the order of Melchizedek?
Hebrews 7:11-16 “11 Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. 13 For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest 16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life 16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.”
Verses 11-28 re-establish the truth of the superiority of Jesus, the New Covenant, and walking by faith over the Old Covenant, the Laws of Moses, and following a man. Verses 11-16 brings to question why so many denominations within the body of Christ are still holding on so strongly to ordinances, laws, rituals, and man’s rules in effort to honor and worship God? It can only stem from a lack of understanding of Jesus’ perfect work on the cross. At this point we need to review Galatians 5:1-6 and specifically look at verse 4.
“1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.”
“Galatians 5:1-6 NKJV”
The writer of Hebrews is not referencing circumcision only, but using the Law of circumcision as a representation of the entire Law of Moses in general. If you hold on to any aspect of the Law of Moses, or the laws from the book of Leviticus, you are not holding on to Jesus by faith.
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