“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” (Hebrews 6:18–20, KJV)
I’m REALLY trying to finish this up this year!
It pretty much leaves me 24 days or so to finish this, so let’s see if I can finish 7 chapters in 24 days. It’s pushing it! But we’ve already laid a lot of foundation on what Hebrews teaches.
The hope set before us is salvation. If you don’t have that, if all you’ve got is wealth, power, fame, and a future of a fearful judgment and torment… that’s not a hope, that’s a dread.
The hope of salvation is the anchor of the soul. THe word sure here means truth, certain. This is one of those cases where when people tell me (thanks to Riplinger and Ruckman) that I should never look at the Greek text, I would be wrong! I had thought it meant fixed in place. ἀσφαλής, asphalēs Truth, certain, certainty.
Salvation is not a hope as we define it. It is certain. It is definite. It is undoubtable.
Salvation is stedfast. βέβαιος bebaios firm, in force, valid. Those words are powerful. Salvation is certain, without doubt, in force, definite. It happens, without doubt, powerfully able to keep and preserve you.
Melchizedek’s name and hometown suggest that he was the “king of righteousness” and the “king of peace.” The Bible did not record any beginning or ending for his life. His eternal priesthood of righteousness was like that of Christ. Abraham’s action of giving tithes to Melchizedek showed that the priest was a great man.
Because the priesthood of Aaron did not bring people into obedience to God, He changed the priesthood. He installed Christ as the Priest after a new order, that of Melchizedek
Thomas D. Lea, “The General Letters,” in Holman Concise Bible Commentary, ed. David S. Dockery (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998), 622.
“For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.” (Hebrews 7:1–10, KJV)
Notice that as Hebrews details the sacrifices and offerings, it takes pains to point out they are abolished and done away with.
Hebrews does not do so with the tithe. The tithe pre-exists the law. Jesus Christ took pains to admonish the pharisees that they should have given the tithe, but not neglected mercy.
There is nothing ANYWHERE in the New Testament to suggest the Tithe is done away with. People just fester to tell me that they don’t pay tithe, they don’t agree it’s for today. My standard reply is always, “that is between you and God.” If you’re right, no harm in giving the tithe for the support of God’s work. If you’re wrong…
…you’ve got some explaining to do at the believer’s judgment.
And what if part of the rewards is God giving us the tithe back??? With interest? By withholding it and robbing God, you may well end up impoverished in the Kingdom because you trusted God and the pastors above you with everything except your own god, Money.
you serve one or the other. There’s no surer test of whom you serve than by the giving of your tithe.
Levi paid tithes to Melchezidek by the means of his ancestor Abraham giving them. That’s stretching a point, but the point here is… Levi is considered great, as he was entrusted with the priesthood through Aaron. Abraham was before Levi, and considered greater, as he started the Jewish nation.
Abraham paid tithes to Christ. Since Abraham was greater than Levi, then Christ remains greater than Levi.
Paul here is taking great care to explain in every way that Christ is far greater than Aaron, who is above every human high priest.
Jesus Christ is our sure High Priest, above every man.