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21) Hebrews - Chapter 7:11 and following
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Hebrews 7:11ff

No if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood God's saving purpose was not in it.  Frail, sinful men,
acting as priests, could not be perfect.  The Greek word for "perfection" means "properly completed, consummated."

For under it the people received the law.  This is to say that the law was annexed to the priesthood.  It was to show
that the priesthood was foundational; with it the law stood or fell.  This showed that the law then was not the ultimate
end at which we stopped.  When the priesthood was changed, naturally the law would go with it.

If the old system could bring perfection, then why did God speak through David of a change?  Psalms 110:4 - The
blood of Jesus, not after the order of Aaron, would not have been required if perfection could be gained otherwise.

For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.  The Seventh Day
Adventists cannot escape this:  Galatians 3:21 - If there had been a law given which could have given life, then
verily righteousness would have been of the law:  Galatians 3:23-29, Colossians 2:14 states that the law was nailed
to the cross.

Jesus came from the house of David, of the tribe of Judah.  Jeremiah 23:5 is the prophecy:  "Behold the days
cometh, saith Jehovah, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch and he shall reign as King and deal wisely."  
This shows the completeness of the change.  The tribe of Judah was not allowed in the Old Testament to fill the
priestly office.  2nd Chronicles 26:19 - King Uzziah of the tribe of Judah tried it, and became leprous.

The Levites were made priests, not because of superiority, but by carnal descent.  Priests were made, appointed,
and no one could take the office upon himself.

The old covenant is done away.  It was for the children of Israel only.  Leviticus 27:34 - "These are the
commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel on Mount Sinai,"  "Disannulling is the
Greek "athetesis" - the same word as "putting away sin", the disappearance is thorough.  The disannulling is
discussed in several books of the New Testament:  Romans 6:14, Romans 7:4-6, Colossians 2:14, Ephesians 2:15.

Because of the weakness:  It could not make alive.  1st Corinthians 15:22:  "In Christ all are made alive,"  It could not
take away sin:  Hebrews 10:4 - "For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins."  Only
one life could show the real love of God, not of cattle, not of angels, not of men, but Christ's life.  Christ's blood is
able to take away sins, where other blood was unable to do so.  Romans 3:25 - Once for all.  Hebrews 9:28,
Galatians 3:21 - "If there had been a law given which could make alive, verily righteousness would have been of the
law."  

It is Christ (John 14:6), the Way, our Hope, which brings us nigh unto God.