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From: Terri Kelson
To: heb_roots_chr@hebroots.org
Subject: Change of Priesthood

Dear Eddie,

Please help me.. I just read your 4 articles on "adding and subtracting from the Torah.."

I am learining so much... and desire to know and understand.. I want you to know ..these are many of the words that cause us "Christians" to believe that Yeshua has made a change in things... not that he added to or subtracted from... but that He fulfilled. It may have looked like subtraction..but it is not... just coming from a different priesthood!

KJV Hebrews 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

KJV Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

KJV Hebrews 7:13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

KJV Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 

KJV Hebrews 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

KJV Hebrews 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

KJV Hebrews 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Please help me..in these things..my heart is open ..

There is so much we are learning..even to understand what scriptures really meant in Hebrew and to understand ...

Please be patient and when you can. ...perhaps none of it means what we think... Thank you for teaching and loving and being patient with all of us..

Your sister in Yeshua,




by Eddie Chumney

Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int'l


Thank you for your question and open heart to learn.

One of the greatest reasons why Christianity reads the above verses in Hebrews 7 and concludes that the New Covenant SUBTRACTS (takes away / eliminates) what was given at Mount Sinai is that we DON'T attempt to interpret the NT using the Torah and the prophets.

However we are told:

KJV Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Messiah stated that the reason why He is the Messiah is because of the TESTIMONY of the TORAH and the PROPHETS.

KJV Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

KJV Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Therefore, in order to understand the NT, we MUST have a knowledge of the TORAH and PROPHETS as our FOUNDATION.

The NT builds upon the foundation laid by the Torah and Prophets.

The Torah and the Prophets is the foundation of the house. The NT completes the house.


When we read the book of Hebrews, we ASSUME that the Old Testament was strictly ruled by the Leviticual Priesthood and the New Testament by the Melchisedec priesthood.


Old Testament = Levitical priesthood
New Testament = Melchisedec priesthood

BUT we are told regarding the Messiah:

KJV Hebrews 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a PRIEST for ever after the ORDER of MELCHISEDEC:)

Messiah is of the order of Melchesedec.


What MANY people DON'T realize is that the MELCHIZEDEC priesthood is in the TORAH.

KJV Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

Was referring to Genesis 14:18

KJV Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

LITERALLY (Peshat), the person in Genesis 14:18 was Shem.

FIGURATIVELY (Sod), it represented the Messiah.

Notice that the Melchizedek priesthood is in the TORAH.

The TORAH has a Melchizedek priesthood.
The TORAH has a Levitical priesthood.

In Numbers 1:48-50, we are told about the Levitical priesthood.

KJV Numbers 1:48 For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying,

KJV Numbers 1:49 Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:

KJV Numbers 1:50 But thou shalt appoint the LEVITES over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall BEAR the TABERNACLE, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.


In the TORAH, the Melchizedek priesthood PRECEEDED the Levitical priesthood.

The FIRST Melchizedek priest was Adam.

A Melchizedek priest is BOTH KING AND PRIEST.

When YHVH created Adam in the Garden of Eden, He was given the position of being the King and Priest of YHVH in the earth.

KJV Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

In order to RULE over the ENTIRE EARTH (have dominion over it), you MUST be KING AND PRIEST.

KJV Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God KINGS and PRIESTS: and we shall REIGN on the earth.

Adam was King / Priest until he died. At the time of his death, the oldest firstborn living on the earth inherited the role of being King / Priest in the earth.

KJV Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

KJV Hebrews 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

Melchizedek comes from two Hebrew words: Melech and Tzaddik

Melchizedek = Melech and Tzaddik

Melech in Hebrew means: King
Tzaddik in Hebrew means: Righteousness

So, Melchizedek means: King of Righteousness

While Adam was the FIRST King / Priest, it ultimately went to Shem as we see from Genesis 14:18.

In time, it was passed to Noah.

KJV 2 Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the EIGHTH [person], a PREACHER of RIGHTEOUSNESS, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

In II Peter 2:5, the word, "person" is in italics. This means that it is NOT in the original Greek text.

We are told that Noah was the EIGHTH who was a "preacher of righteousness". This is referring to the role of being king / priest.

A "preacher of righteousness" = Preacher of Torah = Priest

Actually, Noah was the TENTH generation but he was the EIGHTH Melchizedek (King / Priest) in the earth from Adam.

In time, Jacob had the function of King / Priest. The King / Priest also had the birthright blessing. Judah was blessed with the Kingly office. Joseph was given the birthright blessing (material blessing) through Ephraim and Manasseh. The Levites were given the priesthood following the incident of the golden calf.


YHVH desired that the ENTIRE NATION of ISRAEL (All 12 tribes) be a KINGDOM of PRIESTS. However, this was dependent upon COVENANT FAITHFULNESS.

KJV Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will OBEY my VOICE indeed, and KEEP my COVENANT, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

KJV Exodus 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a KINGDOM of PRIESTS, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

However, ALL 12 tribes were NEVER a Kingdom of Priests because they disqualified themselves by worshipping the golden calf.

Upon worshipping the golden calf, YHVH asked who was on His side (would teach and seek to keep the Torah). The Levities responded to this call.

KJV Exodus 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.

Therefore, the Levitical priesthood governed the Torah given to the house of Jacob at Mount Sinai.

However, YHVH the Father made an oath to YHVH the son that He would be an ETERNAL MELCHIZEDEK PRIEST.

KJV Psalm 110:1 {A Psalm of David.} The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

KJV Psalm 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

KJV Hebrews 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)


Adam was a Melchezedek priest (but he failed in the office).

After the golden calf, the Levites did the services of the Tabernacle. This was known as the Levitical priesthood.

This Levitical priesthood was a "tutor" to lead us to Messiah.

KJV Galatians 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

The "law" being referred to in this verse is the Levitical priesthood. The Levitical priesthood was added because of transgressions (the GOLDEN CALF). The Levitical priesthood was to function until the TRUE MELCHIZEDEK PRIEST (the Messiah) came as a high priest of the New Covenant.

KJV Galatians 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

This should be understood as:

"Is the Levitical priesthood against the promises of God?. God forbid"

The Levitical priesthood purpose was to point us to the Messiah.

KJV Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

The "promise by faith" given to them that believe is the REDEMPTION of the MESSIAH through His SHED BLOOD on the tree.

KJV Galatians 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

This should be understood to mean:

"Before the redemption of the Messiah through the New Covenant and His Melchizedek priesthood of the New Covanent ... we were governed by the Levitical priesthood given at Mount Sinai following the incident of the golden calf ... until the revealing of the New Covenant Melchizedek priesthood of the Messiah".

KJV Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

This should be understood to mean:

"The ordinances and services of the Levitical priesthood was our tutor that points us to our need of the Messiah"

KJV Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end <5056> of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

<5056> = elos {tel'-os}  from a primary tello (to set out for a definite point or goal);

Messiah is the goal / target of the Levitical priesthood.

KJV Galatians 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

This should be understood to mean:

"After Messiah brought to us the redemption of the New Covenant and became priest of the Melchezedek priesthood ... the Levitical priesthood served its purpose to show us that we need the redemptive work of the Messiah".

KJV Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

In these verses, the PRIESTHOOD is synonymous with the TORAH because the Priests were overseers and teachers of the Torah.

This should be understood to say:

"When Messiah established the new covenant, there was a change in priesthood"

Priesthood = Synonymous with the Torah


With the New Covenant, was there a change of law (the law was done away with) or was there a change in priesthood?

First of all, the Torah is the Word of YHVH.

The Word of YHVH lives and abides FOREVER. It CANNOT CHANGE.

KJV Psalm 119:44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.

KJV Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

So, the Torah or the Word of YHVH did NOT change.

There was a change of PRIESTHOOD.


The Torah and the prophets tell us that YHVH will CHANGE the HEARTS of the people to OBEY His Torah.

KJV Deuteronomy 30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,

KJV Deuteronomy 30:2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt OBEY his VOICE according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with ALL thine HEART, and with ALL thy SOUL;

KJV Leviticus 26:40 If they shall CONFESS their INIQUITY, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;

KJV Leviticus 26:41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their UNCIRCUMCISED HEARTS be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:

Here we are told that the HEARTS of His people are going to CHANGE.

The prophets give greater clarity of how this would happen.

KJV Ezekiel 36:26 A NEW HEART also will I give you, and a NEW SPIRIT will I put WITHIN YOU: and I will TAKE AWAY the STONY HEART out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

KJV Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put MY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU, and cause you to WALK in my STATUTES, and ye shall KEEP my judgments, and DO them.

Now given the information from the Torah and the prophets, we are told that YHVH is going to CHANGE the HEARTS of His people.

He is going to give them the INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT to help them to KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.


KJV Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

This new heart would be given through a new covenant where the people of YHVH would be given the Holy Spirit to help them to KEEP His Torah commandments.

KJV Jeremiah 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

The "original covenant" at Mount Sinai was WRITTEN on HEARTS of STONE.

The "new covenant" was NOT to be a covenant written on hearts of stone but on hearts of flesh (circumcised hearts).

KJV Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put MY LAW in their INWARD PARTS, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

So, we have the following:

#1) Adam was a king / priest in the garden of Eden and played the role of a Melchizedek priest. Adam failed in this role. Shem had this function in Genesis 14:18. Shem personified the Messiah being King / Priest under the New Covenant.

#2) YHVH desired for the entire nation of Israel be a kingdom of priests. The nation of Israel failed by worshipping the golden calf. The Levites were given the role of priests over the nation of Israel through the Tabernacle / Temple services.

#3) The Levitical priesthood serves as a tutor to lead us to Messiah

#4) The problem with the Levitical priesthood was the HEARTS of the people of YHVH who would NOT obey His Torah. Therefore, YHVH found fault with the HEARTS of His people and wanted to CHANGE the HEARTS of His people.

#5) YHVH would change the HEARTS of His people through the New Covenant of the Messiah by giving the indwelling Holy Spirit to help us to observe the Torah in spirit and in truth.

#6) A New Covenant meant a change in priesthood.

#7) Messiah is the eternal Melchezedek priest of the New Covenant by an oath made by YHVH the Father to the YHVH the son.

KJV Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

With the New Covenant, the priesthood changed. Messiah is the High priest of the New Covenant after the order of Melchizedek not after the order of Aaron (the Levitical priesthood).

Change of law = Change of priesthood

With the New Covenant, the HEARTS of the people are YHVH are CHANGED (from a stony heart to a heart of flesh). The Torah / Word of YHVH does NOT change.


The TORAH tells us about a Levitical priesthood and a Melchezedek priesthood. But, which is better?

The TORAH has a Melchizedek priesthood.
The TORAH has a Levitical priesthood.

KJV Hebrews 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

The Melchizedek priesthood is a BETTER priesthood than the Levitical priesthood.

The New Covenant has a BETTER PRIESTHOOD than the Covenant at Mount Sinai.


Our HEARTS in the New Covenant are to be CHANGED to OBEY the Torah through the help of the indwelling Holy Spirit.


From reading the book of Hebrews, traditional Christianity says:

#1) Messiah died on the tree to do away with following the Torah

(Change in priesthood meant a change of law (do away with following it)

#2) Messiah is our High Priest

KJV Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

It is TRUE that Messiah is our HIGH PRIEST.

However the EXISTENCE of a HIGH PRIEST means that we follow Torah.

It is the duty of a HIGH PRIEST to TEACH TORAH.

We CAN'T say that Messiah is our HIGH PRIEST (whose duty is to teach Torah) and that He died to do away with following the Torah.

If Messiah died on the tree to do away with following the Torah then there is NO NEED for a HIGH PRIEST.


One of the main duties of a priest is to TEACH TORAH to the people of YHVH.

KJV Nehemiah 8:2 And Ezra the PRIEST brought the LAW before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could HEAR with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.

KJV Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the LAW shall NOT perish from the PRIEST ...

KJV Ezekiel 22:26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.


KJV Mark 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)

KJV 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If Messiah is our High Priest to forgive us of our sins, what do we do when we sin?

KJV 1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.


Messiah is our High Priest of the New Covenant to forgive us when we don't follow Torah. However, forgiveness for not following Torah is based upon us REPENTING of our SIN. REPENTING means we make an oath or pledge in our hearts and minds to NOT SIN (which means that we pledge to FOLLOW TORAH when we REPENT).


Messiah is not only the High Priest of the New Covenant after the order of Melchezedek to forgive us of our sins but He will teach the Torah to ALL NATIONS during the Messianic Era.

KJV Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.


In this article, we have been trying to understand the verse:

KJV Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

based upon our understanding of what is written in the Torah and the Prophets.

We have concluded that when Messiah ushered in the New Covenant that He is our High Priest of the New Covenant after the order of Melchizedek.

With the New Covenant, Messiah didn't die on the tree to do away with His following the Torah but rather the New Covenant is the Torah written upon our hearts.

The prophets tell us that with the New Covenant that Messiah would change the HEARTS of His people. He wouldn't do away with the Torah because the New Covenant is the Torah written upon our hearts through the help of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Prior to the New Covenant, we were under the tutorship of the Levitical priesthood until Messiah came and gave us the New Covenant. With the New Covenant, the PRIESTHOOD changed. YHVH still desires for His people to follow the Torah through the help and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

During the Messianic Age when the Temple is rebuilt, the Levites will perform their Levitical services in the Temple under the New Covenant under the authority of the Melchezidek priesthood of the Messiah.

I pray that this teaching has been a rich blessing to your studies and helps you to understand the book of Hebrews better.

May YHVH continue to bless you in your studies.

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int'l


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