You are a priest for ever
“You are a priest for ever
after the order of Melchizedek.”
In Psalm 110:4, David is designated as a priest for ever. It would not surprise me that someone wrote this verse some time after Jeremiah announced the end of the Davidic dynasty. However it is not necessary to determine when this verse was written. It is more important to ascertain why this verse was overlooked by the gospel writers.
I suspect that the gospel writers were as surprised as we were to learn that Jesus was the eschatological high priest. Luke for instance records that the crowd proclaimed Jesus as he entered
Matthew, Mark and John, writing later, all altered the proclamation of the crowd to read “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” No matter which gospel we read, we recognized that Jesus was being proclaimed as the messianic king. Matthew, Mark and John deemed it politically expedient to tone down the embarrassing words of the crowd.