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though still on a level with | I not offer, nor make menthe rest, and obliged to tion of their names within offer sacrifices for their own My lips ?” David was no sins.
priest ; and though he was In one respect we are to a king, he could offer no this day in the state of the sacrifice either for himself Jewish people. They could or for others. The passage not offer their own sacrifices; refers to the impure and they were to bring them to unsanctified offerings of the the priest and he was to heathens who went after offer them. So cannot we other gods ; yet he, who now offer up our prayers refuses to offer these, must and praises to God but by be the person whose office Jesus Christ; and so the it is to present to God, as Apostle applies the case for the common intercessor, the us ; “By Him therefore let offerings of all men : for us offer the sacrifice of the speaker here is the praise to God continually, same as in the 10th verse, that is, the fruit of our where the same priest saith, lips, giving thanks to His “ Thou wilt not leave My name.” Yea, and
soul in hell, nor suffer Thy under the law, while the Holy One to see corrupearthly high-priest served, tion;" which words as a shadow, to present the expressly said to have been offerings of the people to spoken of the resurrection God, it was understood by of Christ : as the next the prophets that he was words are of His exaltano more than a shadow, tion.—"Thou wilt shew Me and that there was another the path of life : in Thy divine Priest to whom the presence is the fulness of office properly belonged. joy, and at Thy right hand For who is he that saith there is pleasure for everin the 16th Psalm, “their more :" for certainly this drink offerings of blood will place at the right hand of
1 Heb. xiii. 15.
God is the place of the Son declared therein that we of God, which He assumed should have Priest when He ascended into “ higher than the heaheaven: this was the joy vensk :" for that such an which the prophets and One became us, inasmuch the Psalms had set before
as every other would have Him, for which He endured fallen short of what the the cross and despised the Scripture had testified by shame of it. This is the prophetical signs and proPriest Who saith all these phetical words; some of things: it was therefore which I am now to set declared to those who were under the law, that there Melchizedec was a sign was another High-Priest, of the priesthood of Christ ; above him that ministered being not only “priest of in the tabernacle or temple, the most high God",” but by Whose invisible minis- also a king, a person of tration, the offerings of royal majesty, and in digmen were to be presented nity superior to the greatest and made acceptable to man upon earth, because God. So plain and direct he blessed the father of the is the doctrine of this faithful; and “the less is Psalm, that St. Peter, by blessed of the better.” It an application of it to the follows therefore from this person of Christ, converted character of Melchizedec, three thousand souls at that to the holiness of the
priesthood there should be As the words of the Apo- added in the person of stle above mentioned, relat- Christ the majesty of a ing to the priesthood of King ; even of such Christ, are spoken with re- King as should have a ference to the figures and throne in heaven itself. prophecies of the Old Tes- For thus is this Priest tament, it must have been spoken of in the 110th
i Heb. vii. 7.
8 Heb. vii. 26.
h Gen. xiv. 18.
Psalm : “ The Lord said | the high-priest went on unto my Lord, Sit Thou at the great day of atonement My right hand :” and in into the inner tabernacle or the subsequent verses of holy of holies with the the Psalm the same person blood of a sacrifice. From is spoken unto as a Priest whence the same Apostle for ever after the order of argues, that Christ as our Melchizedec :" therefore the High-Priest should enter, Scripture, under the old not into the holy places covenant, gave notice a made with hands, “which Priest who should “sit at are the figures of the true, the right hand” of God ; but into heaven itself, now and should of consequence to appear in the presence be “higher than the hea- of God for us?."
The holy vens.” The argument from place of the tabernacle is this Psalm is very clear ; applied in the same manner but what the Scripture hath to the residence of God in said on the character and the invisible heavens in the priesthood of Melchizedec 24th Psalm : " Who shall is so important, and withal ascend into the hill of the so mysterious, that the Apo- Lord ? or who shall stand stle hath a long and critical in His holy place ? he discourse upon it in the that hath clean hands,” &c.: Epistle to the Hebrews; of this may allude to the cerewhich he himself gives us mony prescribed, for the this as the sum : “We have high-priest to wash himself such an High-Priest, Who with waterm before he enis set on the right hand oftered the holy place. Then the throne of the Majesty follows a description of the in the heavens k."
majestic ascension and enThe intercession of Christ trance of the King of Glory as a Priest in heaven was into the everlasting doors signified yearly in the ser- of the heavenly places ; vice of the tabernacle, when and this Psalm is accord
k Heb. viii. 1.
1 Heb. ix. 24.
m See Lev. xvi. 4.
ingly appointed by the ance of faith, having our Church as one of the pro- hearts sprinkled from an per Psalms for the feast of evil conscience, and our the Ascension. A sign was
bodies washed with pure given that the heavenly water°.” These last words places were opened, for allude as the correspondent Himself first and for all ones before in the 24th believers after Him, in con- Psalm, to the custom of the sequence of His overcoming high-priest washing his the sharpness of death. filesh with water, before he The veil of the temple by was permitted to enter into which the holy place was the holy place: which cereseparated from the worldly mony is applied in the sanctuary, or first taber- Psalm to the purity of the nacle, was rent miracu- great High-Priest Himself ; lously at His crucifixion", but in the language of the and that figure of the Apostle with equal propriety heaven was laid open, into to all Christians, who are to which none but the high- partake of the benefits of priest might enter: which His ministration in heacircumstance is thus ap- | ven, and to follow a pure plied for us in the Epistle High-Priest with purity of to the Hebrews : “Having conscience. therefore, brethren, bold- Another rite pertaining
to enter into the to the priesthood, and of holiest by the blood of great signification in the Jesus, by a new and living Scripture, is that of the way, which He hath con- high-priest's consecration secrated for us through the with the anointing oil : a veil, that is to say, His sign of grace and authority
and having an High- from the Spirit of God; Priest over the house of and in virtue of this anointGod ; let us draw near with ing, the high-priest had a true heart in full assur- power to heal the leprosy
• Keb. x. 19, &C.
Matt. xxvii. 51.
and other unclean dis-, hood of the time, that there eases P, that the parties so was a Greater than themcleansed might be fit to selves amongst them; Who, attend upon the service of though not literally anointthe sanctuary, for which ed to the ministry, had the they were disqualified and true anointing from the in a state of excommunica- Spirit of God, which had tion?, so long as their un- descended upon Him after cleanness lasted. Thus in His baptism ; and Who the New Testament we should supersede them in read, that Jesus was anoint- their office : but it doth cd of God" with the Holy not appear what inference Ghost and with power;" | they made from the case. in consequence of which
As the gift of the Spirit He“went about doing good, was communicated at the and healing all that were anointing of the highoppressed of the devil, for priest, and the Spirit is God was with Him." A the author of love and leper, who had faith in His unity to the Church, who power, caine and worship- are to "preserve the unity ped Him, saying, “Lord, if of the spirit in the bond Thou wilt, Thou canst make of peace :" me cleans."
When this beautiful allusion, with an man was cleansed of his application of this rite to leprosy, he was commanded its mystical sense, in the to shew himself to the 133rd Psalm; “Behold how priest, and to make the good and how pleasant it accustomed offering, for a is for brethren to dwell testimony unto them : and together in unity : is as it was the office of the like the precious ointment priest to cure this disease, upon the head, that ran this cure was a legal proof down unto the beard, even and testimony to the priest- unto Aaron's beard, and
p Lev. xiv 11.
q Lev. xv. 31. • Matt. viii. 2; Mark i. 40; Luke v. 12.
Acts x. 38.