In yesterday’s reading we learned that Jesus became “a high priest forever, in the priestly order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 6:20), which is repeated in today’s reading (7:17). It is a quote from Psalm 110:4. God sent Jesus to make a new agreement with his people. In it God makes a new promise that goes beyond the promises he gave to Moses and the people of Israel. The old agreement was based on the Law, but the new agreement is based on Christ’s sacrifice to take away sins.
Today’s Scripture Reading
Today’s Key Verse: Hebrews 7:26a
"Jesus, then, is the High Priest that meets our needs. He is holy; he has no fault or sin in him."
In biblical times, priests made sacrifices as an act of thanksgiving and to seek God’s forgiveness for the sins of the people. According to verses 20-28, what is the difference between the sacrifice Jesus offered and the ones offered by the priests and high priests of Israel? What does Jesus’s sacrifice mean to you?
Holy Jesus, you are the High Priest that meets our needs, and you have been made perfect forever. Thank you for the sacrifice you made so that I might receive forgiveness of my sins and eternal life with you. You save those who come to God through you because you live forever and plead with God for us. Amen.
Priests and parish pastors
Hebrews 8:1-13: The covenant Jesus arranged between God and his people is better than the first covenant.
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