A groundbreaking commentary on the Book of Hebrews that rightly understands the relationship between the Old and New Covenants, and the Old and New Testament Scriptures, as being characterized by continuity and fulfillment, not continuity and discontinuity. Splendid!
This is one of the most accessible commentaries about Yeshua (Jesus) in his unique ministry as the High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. It highlights the fact that the Book of Hebrews is marked by a series of powerful contrasts from the lesser to the greater, with both that which is lesser and that which is greater being wondrous! However, no matter how wondrous anything that came earlier is, the author of the Homily to the Hebrews demonstrates the supereminence of Messiah Yeshua and his roles in salvation history – as he established the long promised New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31-34MT (38:31-34LXX) (see Heb. CH 8-10).
What distinguishes this commentary, is its insistence that hearing the Homily to the Hebrews on its own terms is a matter of continuity and fulfillment, not continuity and discontinuity. This is because Cockerill rightly understands that anything which appears to be discontinuous after God established the New Covenant in Messiah Yeshua, was subject to a divinely ordained inadequacy or impermanence to be filled up by the Messiah: whether in his first coming to be the perfect, once-for-all Day of Atonement sacrifice, in his all effectual death, resurrection, and ascension to sit at the right hand; or in his anticipated second coming when, indeed, all things will be subject to him as the permanent Davidic King of Israel and the nations.
For full impact, you’ll want to have your Bible next to you at all times when reading through this commentary, to look up every verse or passage mentioned. In addition, you will need to familiarize yourself with the Greek translations of the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings (Old Testament) that the author quotes from or works with. We suggest using the corrected versions of the New English Translation of the Septuagint (NETS) available for free download at http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/nets/edition/.
May our study of the Homily to the Hebrews lead to the richest participation in the ministry of the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Yeshua Messiah! From real, permanent forgiveness of sins, to the ability to approach the throne of grace in time of need, to the power to become holy and persevere until the end, the all-effectual ministry of the priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek is available to us today!
– Henri Louis Goulet