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Melchizedek the King and Priest...
For this Malkitsedeq, sovereign of Shalem, priest of the Most High Elohim, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the sovereigns and blessed him,
to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, his name being translated, indeed, first, 'sovereign of righteousness,' and then also sovereign of Shalem, that is, 'sovereign of peace,'
without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but having been made like the Son of Elohim, remains a priest for all time.
Now see how great this one was, to whom even the ancestor Abraham gave a tenth of the choicest booty.
And truly, those who are of the sons of Lewi, who receive the priesthood, have a command to receive tithes from the people according to the Torah, that is, from their brothers, though they have come from the loins of Abraham,
however, the one whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham, and blessed the one who held the promises.
And it is beyond all dispute that the lesser is blessed by the better.
And here it is men who die that receive tithes, but there it is someone of whom it is witnessed that he lives.
And one might say that through Abraham even Lewi, who received tithes, gave tithes,
for he was still in the loins of his father when Malkitsedeq met him.
Jesus Like Melchizedek...
Truly, then, if perfection were through the Lewitical priesthood - for under it the people were given the Torah - why was there still need for another priest to arise according to the order of Malkitsedeq, and not be called according to the order of Aharon?
For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.
For He of whom this is said belongs to another tribe, from which no one had attended at the altar.
For it is perfectly clear that our Master arose from Yehudah, a tribe about which Mosheh never spoke of concerning priesthood,
and this is clearer still, if another priest arises in the likeness of Malkitsedeq,
who has become, not according to the Torah of fleshly command, but according to the power of an endless life,
for He does witness, 'You are a priest forever according to the order of Malkitsedeq.'
For there is indeed a setting aside of the former command because of its weakness and unprofitableness,
for the Torah perfected naught, but the bringing in of a better expectation, through which we draw near to Elohim.
And it was not without an oath!
For they indeed became priests without an oath, but He became Priest with an oath by Him who said to Him, ' YHWH has sworn and shall not regret, 'You are a priest forever according to the order of Malkitsedeq.''
By as much as this Yahushua has become a guarantor of a better covenant.
And indeed, those that became priests were many, because they were prevented by death from continuing,
but He, because He remains forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.
Therefore He is also able to save completely those who draw near to Elohim through Him, ever living to make intercession for them.
For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest - kind, innocent, undefiled, having been separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens,
who does not need, as those high priests, to offer up slaughter offerings day by day, first for His own sins and then for those of the people, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
For the Torah appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath which came after the Torah, appoints the Son having been perfected forever.