H E B R E W S.
The doctrine of the priestly office of Christ is
so excellent in itself, and so essential a part of the Christian
faith, that the apostle loves to dwell upon it. Nothing made the
Jews so fond of the Levitical dispensation as the high esteem they
had of their priesthood, and it was doubtless a sacred and most
excellent institution; it was a very severe threatening denounced
against the Jews (Hos. iii.
4), that the children of Israel should abide many days
without a prince or priest, and without a sacrifice, and with an
ephod, and without teraphim. Now the apostle assures them that by
receiving the Lord Jesus they would have a much better high priest,
a priesthood of a higher order, and consequently a better
dispensation or covenant, a better law and testament; this he shows
in this chapter, where, I. We have a more particular account of
Melchisedec, ver. 1-3. II.
The superiority of his priesthood to that of Aaron, ver. 4-10. III. An accommodation of
all to Christ, to show the superior excellency of his person,
office, and covenant, ver. 11, to