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I appreciated your comments on Hebrews 7:27.
I read somewhere that in addition to what you mention about Jesus being perfect, another way in which Jesus superceded the OT High Priests was of course that, unlike the constant revolving door of High Priests who died and were then replaced by a different High Priest, Jesus is eternal.
I'm also interested in this term "High Priest". As far as I can gather, it seems to mean the highest religious authority in the land -- the one who intercedes with God for us.
Elsewhere in Hebrews, the author of Hebrews refers to Jesus as "a high priest in the order of Melchizedek." Is it correct to assume here that the author is trying to convince this fellow Hebrews that Jesus is the greatest, ultimate religious authority? My reason for suggesting this is that in the OT, Abraham received a covenant from God that he would be the father of the people and land of Israel. As such, the Hebrew people revered him as no other. So, if Abraham recognized (and even tithed to) Mel as his high priest, then the Hebrews likewise would have revered Mel. So, in the NT, the author of Hebrews seems to be trying to convince his readers that just as they have considered Mel as their high priest, now it is time to place Jesus in that same exalted company. Am I interpreting this correctly?

I also refer to Hebrews. The cost of sin is great. It takes the life of God's beloved son Jesus to pay for our sins. It is wise to consider the cost paid by Jesus when we are tempted.

Looking at the other angle, God is only truly satisfied by this forever High Priest Jesus's self-sacrifice to forgive our sins. Only Jesus (a 100% God and 100% human) is considered to be able to save forever. So, only Jesus is considered by God the solely eternal High Priest. God is only satisfied by Jesus' standard of sacrifice--the God's level of standard.

As I read the old Testament readings today, I could not help but think of my own sinfulness, and what God will do if I do not repent fully. I felt the burden of my sin being lifted when I first accepted Jesus as my savior and forgiver of my sins and I started to rebuild my life. Then the complacency sets in. We always have to be constantly making the decision to be faithful towards God or not. Too many times I have made the decision to be unfaithful and sin. Reading these verses reminds us that he is not pleased when we sin. He is faithful and will forgive us when we repent, but until we do, He is not pleased.

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