Scripture reading for August 12th: Hebrews 5
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 5: 7-10 “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears, to Him Who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.”
Jesus came to earth as a man in human flesh. He was born of a virgin and had a human body like our bodies. He lived a sinless life in perfect obedience to the Father. He relied on the Holy Spirit and prayed regularly submitting Himself to the Father’s will and plan. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus sweat drops of blood and cried out to God with loud cries and tears. God heard His prayers and yet allowed Him to die as They had planned to bring many sons to glory. Even Jesus learned obedience through suffering. “Not My will, but Your will be done” was His cry of submission! Because of His perfect obedience, He was raised from the dead by the Spirit of Holiness and is now the source of eternal salvation to all who believe on Him. He can save us because, like Melchizedek, priest of God Most High and King of Salem, with no record of beginning or ending, He lives forever to intercede for us! He is King of Kings and our High Priest!
Hebrews 4:15 “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.”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for sending Your only Son to live on earth as a man and perfectly obey Your will, conquering sin and death and the grave! Thank You for an eternal salvation and an eternal Priest who as able to eternally save us! Use me to share this Good News!
Genesis 14:18-20 “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand!””
Scripture reading for June 29th: Psalms 107-111
Key Scriptures: Psalm 110:2-4 “The Lord will extend Your mighty scepter from Zion; You will rule in the midst of Your enemies. Your troops will be willing on Your day of battle. Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn You will receive the dew of Your youth. The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.””
King David wrote the 110th psalm about a conversation he listened to described as “The Lord said to My Lord:” (Vs. 1) This was a prophetic psalm that is quoted seven times in the New Testament and by Jesus Himself in three of the Gospels. Jesus Christ, a son of David, and the Son of God would rule from Zion, even in the midst of His enemies. He would be declared the Son of God through resurrection from the dead. From the womb of the grave, at dawn of the third day, He received the dew of His youth! He was made a Priest forever–after the order of Melchizedek!
Rejoice in Jesus Christ: “How is it that they say the Christ is the Son of David? David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: “The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” (Luke 20:41-43)
Scripture reading for January 5th: Genesis 14-18
Cause for Rejoicing: Genesis 14:16-20 “He (Abram) recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions together with the women and the other people. . .Then Melchizedek, King of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And Blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”
Abram’s nephew Lot and his family and servants were taken captive by desert marauders. When Abram heard about it he pursued them and he recovered Lot and all that was lost! On his return, a mysterious king, Melchizedek met him with a meal of bread and wine and blessed him in the name of the Creator, God Most High. This so moved Abram, that he gave this Priest/King a tenth (tithe) of all the spoils. This came before the law about tithing!
Cause for rejoicing: God restores what is lost! He defeats our enemies and blesses us with a meal of bread and wine! We joyfully give our tithe and honor our Creator/Priest/King! “This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of the Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. first, his name means “king of righteousness” then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace. Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.” (Hebrews 7:1-3)
Scripture reading for November 5th: Hebrews 7:1-17
Almost everyone has a desire to live forever. That was God’s original intention when He made man in His image and likeness, but sin cut short man’s life. God has given us a record of a man who was a priest of God Most High named Melchizedek. This man has no record of his birth or his death, appearing to be eternal. No one knows for sure who this man was or where he came from.
Melchizedek appeared before Abraham to bless him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything he had! (Genesis 14:18-20) He was a priest before there was a Levitical priesthood. In fact, the Levitical priesthood was in the loins of Abraham when he paid homage to Melchizedek by giving him the tithe! The writer of Hebrews shows that this proves Melchizedek’s priesthood to be superior to the Levitical priesthood. (Hebrews 7:7-9)
Jesus Christ descended from the tribe of Judah, not Levi. Because of this, Jesus normally could not have been appointed as a priest. But God declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 7:17) Jesus was declared a priest after the order of Melchizedek because He really was eternal! He was before time began and now lives forever. The order of Melchizedek uniquely fits the Son of God!
Death always stopped the Levitical priests from their work of sacrifice and intercession. They were unable to finish the needed work. The law and animal sacrifices could never make anyone perfect. Sacrifices needed to be made continually for the people and the priests. The law could only reveal sin, but never deliver anyone from it’s power. The fear of death hung over all men because eternity was in man’s heart. He knew deep inside that sin would bring judgment and punishment.
But Jesus Christ came under the law and perfectly obeyed it’s precepts. He died to give the perfect sacrifice for man’s sins–His own body and blood! He offered them once–for all! He tasted death for all men and was buried in a tomb. The third day, He arose in a glorified body. He showed His body to the disciples. He was now alive forever and is a Priest in the order of Melchizedek! He lives to intercede for us who are heirs of eternal salvation!
Scripture reading for December 13th: Hebrews 5-7
“No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. So Christ also did not take upon Himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to Him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” And He says in another place, ” You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:4-6
“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Although He was a son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and , once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:7-10
“God did this so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:18-20
“Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:23-25
Melchizedek had no record of his birth or death. He appears out of nowhere to bless Abraham and remind him that God gave the victory. He brought bread and wine. Abraham gave him a tenth of the spoils–the first record of tithing! (Genesis 14:18-20) King David referred to him again in Psalm 110:4 as a priest of a special order. Hebrews declares that Jesus belonged to this order through the power of an endless life!
Jesus Christ is now our “High Priest”, living forever at God’s right hand. He prepared a meal of bread and wine for all who will be victorious over sin through faith! He alone can save us completely! Thank God today for His amazing Son and worship with your tithes!
Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ! He is our great priest who is now interceding for us at the right hand of God our Father! A priest stands between God and man and mediates issues between them. He offers sacrifices and bridges the gap between them. Jesus is uniquely qualified to do this because of who He is!
As I reflect on this past week’s readings, I am drawn to Psalm 110. Psalm 110 is quoted seven times in the New Testament and was used by Jesus to silence the religious leaders who were trying to trap him. (Matthew 22:44-46) The writer of Hebrews wrote extensively about Melchizedek, the priest of God Most High to whom Abraham paid a tithe of the spoils of Sodom. (Genesis 14:18-20)(Hebrews 7) Melchizedek was the king of Salem, the earlier name for the city of Jerusalem. He was also a priest of God Most High. He is unique in Jewish history, because there is no record of his birth or death. He appears and then is not mentioned again until Psalm 110 as being a priest of a special order.
Jesus Christ is a priest of this order! He is holy and blameless, set apart for God. He is King and will rule the earth from Jerusalem one day. He is declared a priest by God’s oath, not by the law: “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind; ‘You are a priest forever.'” (Psalm 110:4) He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices for us, His people, day after day because He offered Himself for us once for all! (Hebrews 7:26-28) He ever lives to intercede for us and is the Son of God, made perfect forever!
That’s who we worship and why we gather each week on the first day! We celebrate our great priest who is King forever! We honor Him who sacrificed His own body and blood for us! We pray and give ourselves to do His work! What an honor to serve our King!
In His Love, Pastor John
Scripture reading for June 25th: Psalms 107-110
Psalm 110 is one of David’s psalms that was used by Jesus Christ to confound his adversaries. Jesus was being tested by the teachers of the law to try to prove that he could not be the messiah. To counter their arguments, Jesus quoted Psalm 110:1 and attributed it to King David speaking under the power of the Holy Spirit. “The Lord said to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” (Psalm 110:1) “David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” (Mark 12:36-37a) Jesus’ question was designed to help these teachers of the law connect with the plain teaching of God’s Word that the messiah would be a son of David as well as his Lord! (2nd Samuel 7:12, 13, 16) This is a hard concept for us to grasp and this psalm has been difficult for some to understand throughout history.
The psalm is a prophetic picture of the messiah who would come from the line of David. This messiah would sit at God’s right hand and rule until the Lord God put all His enemies under His feet. The messiah would be made or declared a priest as well as a ruling king! A priest represents the people before God by intercession and sacrifice. The king was to rule on behalf of God. These offices were not combined in the Old Testament history of God’s people. There was one person in history who was both a priest and a king. His name was Melchizedek. (Genesis 14:18-20) (Hebrews 5:5-10, 6:19-7:28) Melchizedek was the King of Salem (Peace) and a priest of the Most High God. He received tithes from Abraham and blessed Abraham. This descendant of David who was to come would be a priest and king like Melchizedek!
Priests normally did not sit down while at work. This King who was seated at God’s right hand who also was a Priest was invited to sit! He was sitting down, because His work of sacrifice on behalf of the people was completed! (Acts 5:31) (Ephesians 1:20) David was seeing a vision of the throne in heaven following the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who offered His own sinless body as the payment for the sins of the whole world! John the Baptist remarked of Jesus: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Jesus now is interceding for us as a priest before God, seated at His right hand! (Romans 8:34)
This King/Priest is ruling in the midst of His enemies now, waiting for them to bow their knees! (Psalm 11o:2,3) He is marshaling His troops for a day of battle! There is a coming day of wrath where all enemies who have not become one of his troops by bowing their knees will suffer a crushing defeat! (Psalm 110:5-6) This King will judge nations and crush rulers of the earth! He will be refreshed after the battle and exalted as the King of Glory! (Psalm 110:7) Truly, this King is the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Son of David, David’s Lord!