Scripture Readings for Sunday
Yahweh Gives Authority to His Messiah
A declaration of Yahweh to my lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.” 2 Yahweh will send out your mighty scepter from Zion; rule in the midst of your enemies. 3 Your people ⌊will volunteer⌋ in the day of your power. In holy splendor, from the womb of the dawn, you will have the dew of your youth. 4 Yahweh has sworn and he will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever according to the manner of Melchizedek.” 5 O Lord, at your right hand he will shatter kings in the day of his anger. 6 He will judge among the nations; he will fill them with corpses. He will shatter the ⌊rulers⌋ of many countries. 7 He will drink from the stream by the road; therefore he will lift up his head.
The Superiority of Jesus to Melchizedek
Thus if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood, for on the basis of it the people received the law, what further need is there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek and not said to be according to the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood changes, of necessity there is a change of the law also. 13 For the one about whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe from which no one has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord is a descendant of Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses said nothing concerning priests. 15 And it is still more clear, if another priest according to the likeness of Melchizedek arises, 16 who has become a priest not according to a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is testified, “You are a priest ⌊forever⌋ according to the order of Melchizedek.” 18 For on the one hand a preceding commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), but on the other hand there is the introduction of a better hope through which we draw near to God. 20 And by as much as this was not without an oath (for these on the one hand ⌊have become priests⌋ without an oath, 21 but he with an oath by the one who said to him, “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest ⌊forever⌋’ ”), 22 by so much more Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. 23 And indeed many ⌊have become⌋ priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he, because he continues ⌊forever⌋, holds the priesthood permanently. 25 Therefore also he is able to save completely those who draw near to God through him, because he always lives in order to intercede on their behalf. 26 For a high priest such as this indeed is fitting for us, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and having become exalted above the heavens, 27 who does not ⌊need every day⌋ like the former high priests to offer up sacrifices for his own sins and then for the sins of the people, because he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints men as high priests who have weakness, but the statement of the oath, after the law, appoints a Son, who is made perfect ⌊forever⌋.