The theme of the Book of Hebrews is that we are to keep moving forward, we can't turn back. That we're to move forward in faith, constantly trusting in Christ, persevering in our faith. And these Hebrew believers, there was something in them that wanted to turn back. They began to long for what they considered the security of the law, which was a false security. But they believed that if they could do something, that they could somehow contribute to their salvation, if only they could keep the law, if only they could fulfill the law of Moses. So the writer to the Hebrews is reminding them that there is nothing in the law that can add to what Christ has done. He wants them to keep moving forward and they're facing some persecution, they're facing some trials, and he exhorts them to keep moving in the right direction.
The author of Hebrews is going through a section where he's reminding them that everything in Jesus is better than anything they find in the law. Jesus is better than Moses. He's better than Abraham. His covenant is a better covenant. His blessing is a better blessing. Everything that they are longing for, compares unfavorably to what they have in Christ. What a reminder that is to us that when our flesh desires something that anything that's outside of Christ is inferior in spite of the weakness of our flesh that wants it, that thinks that we must have it, it is inferior. Hebrews is calling us to have a higher aspiration, to pursue Christ, to trust in him, to move on in faith.
A Better Priest
There's been several times now, Hebrews 5, again, in Hebrews 6, the author mentioned that Jesus is a better priest. We have a better priesthood in Christ than in that old Levitical ...
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Hershael York is pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky, as well as Professor of Christian Preaching and Associate Dean of Ministry and Proclamation in the School of Theology of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.