The Messiah could not be the High priest

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In the Messiah there is a New Priesthood according to the Order of Melchizedek, not according to the Order of Aaron. The Law of Moses provided the basis for the Levitical Priesthood. Thus, a New Priesthood required a new Law under which it could operate. This is clear from Hebrews 7:11-12 and 18. Verses 11-12 state: Now if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it have the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be reckoned after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. Verse 18 states: For there is a disannulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness. The point made in Hebrews 7:11-12 is that only one type of priesthood was permitted and that was the Levitical Priesthood. The Levitical Priesthood could not bring perfection. This is explained in Hebrews 9 and 10 which states rather clearly that animal blood cannot bring perfection; only the Messiah’s blood could do that. The Mosaic Law was the basis for the Levitical Priesthood. The writer of the Book of Hebrews said that for the Levitical priesthood to be done away with and be replaced by a new priesthood, the Priesthood of Melchizedek, would require a change of the Law. As long as the Law of Moses was in effect, no other priesthood was valid except the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood. Was there a change of the Law? Hebrews 7:18 states that the Mosaic Law was “disannulled.” And because it is no longer in effect, you can now have a New Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek. If the Mosaic Law were still in effect, Yeshua could not function as a priest. Because the Mosaic Law is no longer in effect, Yeshua can be a priest after the Order of Melchizedek. Consequently, the Law of Moses has been “disannulled” in favor of a New Law, which is the basis for the priesthood according to the Order of Melchizedek.

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