Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment
because of its weakness and uselessness
if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.
For the Law, since it has only
a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.
I do not nullify the grace of God, for
if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”
So also we, while we were children, were held
in bondage under the elemental things of the world.
and in Him you have been
made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;
For it was fitting for us to have such a
high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;
And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek,
just as He says also in another passage,
You are a priest forever
the order of Melchizedek.”
where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
and strip Aaron of his garments and put them on his son Eleazar. So Aaron will be
gathered to his people, and will die there.”