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The Majesty of Christ

Hebrews 7 & 8 - A Better Covenant

Think of all the great leaders in the Old Testament - Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, etc. Would you include Melchizedek in that list? Obviously the Holy Spirit does. Genesis 49:10 prophesies that the long awaited Messiah/King would come from the tribe of Judah. The Jewish nation was accustomed to the priests being from the tribe of Levi. Kings were kings and priests were priests. Perhaps the nation also needed reminding that Psalm 110:4 prophesied that this Great King would also be a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.. Up until this time, only Melchizedek has held the title of both king and priest. This King/Priest would bring a better covenant containing better promises and providing a better hope. Only the Perfect Son could fulfill that role forever.

  1. Explain how the hope described in last week's lesson has either helped anchor you through some difficult situation or how you will be determined to remain steadfast in the future by this hope.

  2. Read Genesis 14:13-24. What did Melchizedek do for Abraham?

    What did Abraham do for Melchizedek?

  3. What can we learn about Melchizedek in 7:1-10?

  4. How is Melchizedek similar to Jesus?

  5. What is a tithe?

    What does Malachi 3:8-12 say about paying tithes to the Lord?

  6. If the priesthood changes, what else must change (verse 12)?

    What change regarding the law was foretold in Jeremiah 31:31-34?

  7. From verse 18, why was the former commandment set aside?

  8. From verses 19 & 22 what has Christ secured for us through His priesthood?

  9. What makes Jesus the guarantee of a better covenant?

  10. From verses 23-28 contrast the Aaronic priesthood with Jesus' priesthood.
        Aaron                                   Jesus

  11. According to verse 25, what does having Christ as your High Priest mean for you?

    What does this mean to you?

Chapter 8

  1. What is the point the author is making in regards to the priesthood?

  2. Explain the copy and shadow of 8:5.

  3. What is a covenant?

  4. From verses 6 & 7 how is Jesus' ministry superior to the old covenant?

  5. What faults did the Lord find with those under the old covenant?

  6. From verses 10-12, explain how the new covenant is superior to the old.

  7. How do we know that the new covenant actually replaced the old (Hebrews 8:6, 13)?
    See also Matthew 5:17, Galatians 3:23-25.


Women IN God's Service

The Study of Hebrews - "A Better Covenant" (lesson 7)
Ladies Bible Class Lesson, 13 February 2001
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, Arkansas
Copyright © 2001, West-Ark Church of Christ
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