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Heb. 7:11

11 If [ei] [men] therefore [oun] perfection [teleiosis] were [en] by [dia] the Levitical [Leuitikos] priesthood [hierosune], (for [gar] under [epi] it [autos] the people [laos] received the law [nomotheteo],) what [tis] further [eti] need [chreia] was there that another [heteros] priest [hiereus] should rise [anistemi] after [kata] the order [taxis] of Melchisedec [Melchisedek], and [kai] not [ou] be called [lego] after [kata] the order [taxis] of Aaron [Aaron]? KJV-Interlinear

11 Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron? NASB

Now we have two priesthood's before us - the order of Melchizedek and the order of the Levites.

The first priesthood, that of Melchizedek, came first and will be the last. The second priesthood, the Levites, came second, was temporary, and was replaced and discarded when no longer necessary.

There is but one God, and one representative that stands between man and God. There is no need for two representatives.

The Levitical priesthood represents the law. It is the first covenant which promises salvation and freedom from sin and death. That promise is but a shadow that appears when the light is placed upon something else which stands between the light and thus casts the shadow.

That something is the reality of Christ.

The promise did not save, but the reality did save. The Levitical priesthood taught the law. The law, which we often call the Law of Moses, taught sin and death and the need for something better. It taught the need for a savior who could come in mans place and pay the price for sin, thus paving the way for mans freedom from that sin.

This was accomplished on the Cross.

The priesthood offered numerous sacrifices daily, both morning and evening. It offered many sacrifices on special ceremonial days such as in the Feasts. It offered the sacrifices on an alter immediately outside of and in front of the Tabernacle. No one could enter into the Tabernacle unless they first offered the sacrifice. And even then, no one could enter into the presence of God inside of the Holy of Holies, which was located in the inner room of the Tabernacle. That inner room was separated by a veil through which no one could pass except on a single special occasion - the Feast of Atonement, and then only the High Priest could enter into he Holy of Holies.

The veil was always there representing sin which separated God from man. Man could not pass through that veil until sin had been dealt with. The Levitical Priesthood was never able to deal with that subject. It was never intended to. It was therefore never perfect nor able to accomplish the solution of sin and death.

John 14:6
6 Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. NASB

The old covenant sacrifices merely covered over or taught sin, they could not remove it. Only the Savior could do that. The old covenant sacrifices were never intended to provide access to the Father. Only the Father's designated representative could do that.

If the Levitical priesthood were perfect, then there would be no need for another, but since there is another Priest, then the former priesthood, the Levites, would no longer be necessary. The new covenant of the reality of Christ, the messiah, replaces the old covenant of the need for a savior.

This being accomplished, the old priesthood was abrogated. Since the old priesthood did not recognize their obsolescence, God removed them by force in 70 A.D.

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