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23) Hebrews - End of Chapter 7
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For such a high priest became us - The writer says we ourselves needed such a high priest, and He became all that
we needed.  "Became us" probably refers to the partaking  of Christ's human flesh with us in order that we might
partake of His salvation.

The word "holy" means "godlike, pious, and devout."  The Levitical priesthood was sometimes corrupt:
       a) Greed (1st Samuel 2:13-17)
       b) Drunken (Isaiah 28:7)
       c) Profane and wicked (1st Samuel 2:22-24)
       d) Unjust (Jeremiah 6:13)
       e) Corruptors of the law (Isaiah 28:7, Malachi 2:8)
       f) Slow to sanctify themselves for God's service (2nd Chronicles 29:34)

Christ offered Himself without spot or blemish (Hebrews 9:14).

Guileless - It is also translated "harmless."
       a) The cleansing of the temple at first seems an exception, but note that He did no one harm
       b) No evil intent was intended

"Guile" means "deceitfulness, cunning."  Guileless" means that one is without these traits.

Made higher than the heavens - Other expressions that are similar: Ephesians 4:10: He is exalted far above all
heavens.  The idea is to show His supremacy over all creation.  This exaltation does not change His affections
(Ephesians 1:20-21).

Who needed not daily like those high priests - The high priest was officially the head of the priesthood, and was
responsible for the daily sacrifices.  The contrast is found between "daily" and "one" sacrifice, to offer up sacrifices
first of his own sins.

The method of sacrifice - The victim was brought to the north side of the altar of burnt offering, and there the sinner
was required to lay his hand upon its head and kill it (Leviticus 1:4-5, Leviticus 3:2,8, and 13, Leviticus 4:15).  On
the clay of Atonement, the high priest performed this.  First he offered a young bullock for himself and his house
(Leviticus 16:11-16).  The earthly priest had his own sins to concern him as well as the people's sins that were
under him.

Here is the superiority of Christ over every high priest.  This is only a part of it.  God delivered up Christ - Acts 2:23:
"Him being delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye by the hand of lawless men did
crucify and slay."

The word of the oath which was after the law David spoke after the law, being second king of Israel, which
dispensation followed the judges - this oath is found in Psalms 110:4.  Although Christ was compassed by trial,
temptation and difficulties, we see no infirmity in Him; He now accomplishes the will of God forevermore.

The glaring weakness of the law necessitated a new kind of priest after the order of Melchizedek.  With the change
of priesthood, there had to be a change of law.  Also, this point is more fully developed in Hebrews 8.