Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Every High Priest Taken From Among Men
This verse needs unpacking. First, if he's taken from among men, that means he ceases to be a man -- he is now divine. Second, the Greek says he's "ordained [appointed, placed] above men." This is explicit temple imagery, the image of a man ascending to sit on God's throne in the Holy of Holies. Third, from there he does two things: he brings gifts (the feast of bread and wine and the clothing of the Worship of the Shalems) and he makes sacrifice for sin (the Day of Atonement).