Statements such as â€śFor the law made nothing perfectâ€ť, inevitably lead us to conclude that the ceremonies and sacrifices of the Old Testament were pointers towards â€śthe bringing in of a better hopeâ€¦.by which we draw nigh to Godâ€ť.
The writer of Hebrews 7 strongly contrasts the Levitical priesthood, with that of Melchisedec. This most remarkable figure, about who we have previously heard nothing, suddenly appears during the life of Abraham, who, we are told paid tithes to Melchisedec. This fact alone sets him apart as someone of remarkable stature and importance. Described as King of Righteousness and King of Peace, being without father, without mother, without descent (he had no genealogical line), neither beginning of days, nor end of life he, Melchisedec that is, is compared â€ślike unto the Son of Godâ€ť.
There is so much here, in the references to Abraham's relationship with Melchisedec that speaks of Christ. Indeed the Old Testament is full of types and shadows, of the pre-figuring of things to come. Our Saviour is Himself our â€śHigh Priest forever, after the order of Melchisedecâ€ť. To the believer Christ is our â€śKing of righteousnessâ€ť, and our â€śKing of Peaceâ€ť. As Melchisedec brought blessing and refreshment to Abraham, so Christ brings spiritual blessing and refreshment to us. Well might it be said that we see our Lord upon every page of Scripture.