Music Monday – High Priest

The more I listen to the music of Shai Linne, the more impressed I am at the lyrical and theological depth of his songs. As you listen to the following song called High Priest, keep the following verses in mind:

Heb.7:26-28, “For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.”

Heb.4:14-16, “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

One other thing worth noting. At the very end of the song are the lines “Quickly I exit, impressed with the hesed / that rescues the wretched and left us accepted!” The word “hesed” is a Hebrew word that, according to Vine’s Expository Dictionary, means “grace; mercy; or goodness. However, these definitions do not give true meaning to the full weight of the word. It has been defined as summarizing in one word “the entire history of God’s covenantal relationship with Israel.” Put back into the lines, it might read “Quickly I exit impressed with God’s gracious, merciful and coventantal relationship that rescues the wretched and left us accepted!” Just knowing this meaning gave the song that much more of an impact on me. Absolutely awesome. Enjoy.

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