The scepter will not depart from Judah, or the staff from between his feet, until He whose right it is comes and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him.
Then I said, "See, I have come; it is written about me in the volume of the scroll.
The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those in Jacob who turn from transgression. [This is] the LORD's declaration.
"See, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to His temple, the Messenger of the covenant you desire-- see, He is coming," says the LORD of Hosts.
And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah: because out of you will come a leader who will shepherd My people Israel."
and asked Him, "Are You the One who is to come, or should we expect someone else?"
The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will explain everything to us."
This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.
But every spirit who does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; you have heard that he is coming, and he is already in the world now.
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know the true One. We are in the true One-- that is, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
an high priest
Therefore He had to be like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Therefore, holy brothers and companions in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession;
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.
In the same way, the Messiah did not exalt Himself to become a high priest, but the One who said to Him, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father,
also said in another passage, You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.
For this Melchizedek-- King of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham and blessed him as he returned from defeating the kings,
If, then, perfection came through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there for another priest to arise in the order of Melchizedek, and not to be described as being in the order of Aaron?
For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must be a change of law as well.
For the One about whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, from which no one has served at the altar.
Now it is evident that our Lord came from Judah, and about that tribe Moses said nothing concerning priests.
And this becomes clearer if another priest like Melchizedek arises,
who doesn't become a [priest] based on a legal command concerning physical descent but based on the power of an indestructible life.
For it has been testified: You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.
So the previous commandment is annulled because it was weak and unprofitable
(for the law perfected nothing), but a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.
None of this [happened] without an oath. For others became priests without an oath,
but He with an oath made by the One who said to Him: The Lord has sworn, and He will not change His mind, You are a priest forever.
So Jesus has also become the guarantee of a better covenant.
Now many have become [Levitical] priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office.
But because He remains forever, He holds His priesthood permanently.
Therefore He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.
For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.
Now the main point of what is being said is this: we have this kind of high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
Since the law has [only] a shadow of the good things to come, and not the actual form of those realities, it can never perfect the worshipers by the same sacrifices they continually offer year after year.
by a greater
Now the first [covenant] also had regulations for ministry and an earthly sanctuary.
For a tabernacle was set up; and in the first room, which is called "the holy place," were the lampstand, the table, and the presentation loaves.
Behind the second curtain, the tabernacle was called "the holy of holies."
It contained the gold altar of incense and the ark of the covenant, covered with gold on all sides, in which there was a gold jar containing the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.
The cherubim of glory were above it overshadowing the mercy seat. It is not possible to speak about these things in detail right now.
These things having been set up this way, the priests enter the first room repeatedly, performing their ministry.
But the high priest alone enters the second room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.
The Holy Spirit was making it clear that the way into the holy of holies had not yet been disclosed while the first tabernacle was still standing.
This is a symbol for the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the worshiper's conscience.
a minister of the sanctuary and the true tabernacle, which the Lord set up, and not man.
The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be purified with these [sacrifices], but the heavenly things themselves [to be purified] with better sacrifices than these.
For the Messiah did not enter a sanctuary made with hands (only a model of the true one) but into heaven itself, that He might now appear in the presence of God for us.
However, the Most High does not dwell in sanctuaries made with hands, as the prophet says:
The God who made the world and everything in it-- He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in shrines made by hands.
Neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things.
For we know that if our earthly house, a tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of the Messiah.