A change in the priesthood?
An annulment of the commandment?
So what exactly was this commandment that was annulled? What exactly changed?
Are Christians correct in saying that Hebrews declares the Torah was changed and annulled???
The Torah given to Moshe originally established the Levitical Priesthood which would offer animal sacrifices which could NOT make a human perfect -- because those sacrifices did not provide a sufficient moral incentive to bring about an inward change of heart.
Those animal sacrifices, as Hebrews declares, were pointing FORWARD to the ultimate sacrifice -- YahShua -- whose blood would provide a sufficient moral incentive to bring about the inward change needed to obey Torah.
In fact, the only reason humans could obey Torah in the old testament times was because the placed their faith in the coming Messiah.
Because the Levitical Priesthood failed -- indeed it was never designed to bring perfection (repentance) to humans, but was merely a shadow pointing toward the coming Messiah -- a change was of necessity needed.
This change, after the order of Melchezidek, allowed the High Priest to come from the Tribe of Yudah rather than the appointed Tribe of Levi.
The commandment annulled was the commandment that the High Priest could only come from Levi. Now, as of YahShua's life on earth, the High Priest may ALSO come from the Tribe of Yudah.
But does the carnal Temple, the sacrifices, the offerings, the Levitical priesthood, being a shadow of the substance, cease to have any value?
Does the manifestation of the substance -- namely Yahshua -- do away with the shadow?
YahShua said it was easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of the Torah to pass away.
The heavens and earth still stand and thus the Temple made by hands, the Levitical Priesthood and all the offerings have NOT passed away.
They have been temporarily suspended, since the year 70, due to the rebellion of the Jewish leaders.
But Babylonian exile always comes to an end. Just ask Daniel.
The prophets tell us in Zechariah, Malachi and Ezekiel that YahShua will purge the Levitical Priests, that He will rebuild a physical Temple and that the blood offerings will be renewed once more -- as they NEVER passed away to begin with.
Like in the 1st century, the offerings will POINT BACKWARD to what Messiah did 2000 years ago.
The shadow is made all the darker in light of the substance manifesting.
Truly the need to kill animals and offer sacrifices WILL pass away -- but it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for the smallest stroke of the Torah to pass away.
Indeed, when the heavens and earth do eventually pass away, at the end of YahShua's 1000 year reign on planet earth -- a renewed heavens and earth will see the final end of all death.
But don't get ahead of YHVH, and don't be deceived by unlearned christians.
NOTHING has passed away in the Torah and Prophets. Nothing.
YahShua participated in animal sacrifices. Paul participated in animal sacrifices (Acts 21), and when Messiah returns, we will once again participate in the animal sacrifices that never passed away but merely define what our Messiah did long ago.