First, I want to apologize to everyone for last week’s audio problems. I never did figure out what happened, and I’m sorry to everyone who couldn’t get the podcast to play. In the end, I just deleted the file and replaced it. Sometimes, the best fix is just to start over. No fuss, no muss.
This week and next, Brittan and I are out of town, so we’ll have abbreviated shows. Please pray for us as we’ll be presenting our coming Scotland work to a congregation in Florida.
If you didn’t get to hear last week’s show, we’re preparing for our survey of the Old Testament Books, by having a quick review of the New Testament Book of Hebrews. It is my strong opinion that Hebrews holds the key to understanding the Old Testament. I promise, as I always do, that a good understanding of the New Testament unlocks the Old Testament much better that the other way around.
This book called Hebrews likely began life as a sermon by Paul, that was later written down by Luke and distributed to the Churches. Remember, the early Church didn’t have mp3, or even cassette tapes. We are very fortunate to be able to turn to podcasts or YouTube for great sermons these days.
Please keep in mind as we see all the ways Christianity is superior to Judaism, is because Jesus FULFILLED the Old Testament. The Church, including this podcaster, has often been guilty of teaching either that Christianity is a continuation of the Old, or, that the New Covenant is a Replacement of the Old One.
The replacement theory is partly true, but it’s more than that. The New One is certainly the one in effect these days, but that’s because Jesus fix, or fulfilled, the terms of the Old Contract, so it became obsolete. The New One is superior in every way. The book of Hebrews explains that better than all the books and doctoral discourses in the world put together.
Today we’re going to look briefly at the superiority of Jesus. Next week we’ll look at our superior contract.
Paul begins his message by claiming that Jesus is superior to Angels or Prophets. In Chapter one we read, that the old covenant was explained and introduced by a variety of methods and prophets, but the New One came via His Son. As it were, directly from the horse’s mouth. And the rest of the Chapter declares the superiority of Jesus even to mighty Angels. In fact, Paul declares that even the ancient and revered songs of David declared the superiority of Jesus.
Look closely at verses 1 and 2. He begins with, In the Past, as it, it used to be THIS way. Verse 2 begins with BUT. The implication is ‘Now things have changed’ and the rest of the chapter explains the deity and superiority of Christ.
He continues that theme in Chapter 2. After declaring the Deity of Christ in Chapter 1, verse 14 of Chapter 2, teaches Christ’s humanity. Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature.
Chapter 3 teaches Jesus is superior to Moses. That’s a really big deal. Check this out. Heb 3:5 Moses was faithful in God’s house as a servant, and he spoke of the things that God would say in the future.
Heb 3:6 But Christ is faithful as the Son in charge of God’s house. We
Beginning in verse 14 of chapter 4, Paul spends several chapters showing that Jesus priesthood is superior to the Aaronic priesthood.
Please consider these two passages as illustrative of the material in chapters 5,6,7
Heb 7:23 There is another difference: there were many of those other priests, because they died and could not continue their work.
Heb 7:24 But Jesus lives on forever, and his work as priest does not pass on to someone else.
Heb 7:27 He is not like other high priests; he does not need to offer sacrifices every day for his own sins first and then for the sins of the people. He offered one sacrifice, once and for all, when he offered himself.
Heb 7:28 The Law of Moses appoints men who are imperfect to be high priests; but God’s promise made with the vow, which came later than the Law, appoints the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
The short version is, The point of the Old Covenant was to uncover the sinfulness of sin and that God set places holders, the law, prophets and even Moses, until He sent His Son to fulfil all the holes and requirements of the law. Everything before Christ was temporary, but because of His Resurrection, we have a perfect priest and an eternal messenger. More than a servant, a Son. One who is perfect and who never dies.
Moses, Aaron, the law and the Priesthood, were sent to show the way. Jesus, the Christ IS the way.
Next week, we’re going to see how we have a superior Covenant. And why that’s a good thing. That episode will impact everything you understand about interpreting the Old Testament, and the way you understand the End Times. I can’t wait. Until then, Be Blessed. And be a Blessing.