Our Great High Priest
During the Old Testament period, an High Priest was necessary to make atonement for the sins of the people. He stood between God and man. We are no longer living in the Old Testament days so do you believe that we still need a High Priest?
Aaron, the high priest, went alone behind the veil with the blood of a bull to make atonement for his sins and the people. After he had made atonement, the people were allowed to enter the meeting place of the tabernacle to praise and worship the Lord and also to listen to the words of the Lord from Moses.
When you confess your sins to God in private, He will forgive and honor you publicly. Christ became our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, not Aaron.
After Abraham’s victory over the enemy, Melchizedek the High Priest of God visited him, not with an animal to make a sacrifice to God, but with the bread and wine that symbolized the ultimate blood covenant between God and man that our sins were atoned.
Melchizedek was symbolic of Christ who came after Abraham, yet Abraham partook of this blood covenant between himself and God. Melchizedek was king of Salem or king of peace, king of righteousness and high priest of the highest God.
Christ also shared similar names as noted in the prophecy of Isaiah. It stated that a child would be born, and we would receive a Son, and the government would be upon his shoulder and his name would be called wonderful, counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father and the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Melchizedek was without genealogy without father or mother. He had neither beginning of days nor end of life but was like the Son of God. He remained a High priest forever. He came directly from heaven to earth to make an unbroken covenant with Abraham. He depicted Christ Himself.
Thus God swore by Himself because there was no one greater, that He would bless and multiply Abraham; and in him all the families of the earth would be blessed.
The covenant signified that the promise that God made with Abraham was unbroken and must come to pass. The oath was a confirmation which ends all dispute. Abraham was so grateful that he paid a tenth of his spoils that he received after conquering the enemy to Melchizedek.
We can, therefore, take consolation in the promises of God because our hope is in Him; and this hope is an anchor of our soul and is steadfast and sure because Christ has entered the presence of God in the holy place of the temple of God in heaven with His own blood and made atonement for all our sins.
The Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is alive so He continues as our unchangeable priest forever.
Therefore, He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
Additional reference: Genesis 14: 18-24; Genesis 15; Hebrews 5:5-11; Hebrews 6:13-20; Hebrews 7
He shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side, and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.
“Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness. There shall be no man in the tabernacle of meeting when he goes in to make atonement in the Holy Place, until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself, for his household, and for all the assembly of Israel. (Leviticus 16:14-17)