Today's Reading: Hebrews 7-10
Priesthood is an interesting concept throughout the Old Testament. Lots of garments with symbolic meaning and lots of sacrificing with futuristic promise. All those children of Aaron, the first High Priest. All those rams and lambs and bulls and turtle doves sacrificed. All that blood spilled for sin--life for life. All those burnt offerings of oil and grain and meat and incense.
And then along comes a strange priest not of the order of Aaron. Not a priest of sacrifice but a priest of blessing. Melchizedek, king of righteousness. He is the priest who is the blessing, the one who's righteousness is enough.
Christ, our high priest, is the Melchizedek of heaven. By the glory and weight of his righteousness, all believers become priests--ushers of blessing into the world.