Devo 8

“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!’  And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”                                                                        Genesis 14:18-20

Just who IS this Melchizedek? In Hebrews 4:14-8:13 we read that Jesus is a high priest in Melchizedek’s order and further more, that unlike the Levitical priesthood, Melchizedek’s order is eternal. According to Hebrews 7:22, this foreverness, “makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.”  In fact, in chapters 5,6, and 7 the eternality of this priestly order is mentioned 9 times!  It’s the power of Christ’s “indestructible life” that makes Him the perfect High Priest. 

While on earth, Jesus was “in every respect tempted as we are, yet without sin,” “beset with weakness,” and He suffered “with loud cries and tears.”  But now He has been “exalted above the heavens” and from there He makes intercession on our behalf!  Hebrews reminds us that the priesthood, the covenants, the tabernacle, the temple, all “serve as a copy and a shadow of the heavenly things.”  So when we’re reading the Old Testament and we come across these strange accounts of priests, and kings, and bread and wine, and tithes etc… it’s so important that we look deeply into them in order to get a clearer picture of who Christ is.

Now when I asked the smarter people in my life about who was this Melchizedek, I got several answers.  One dear, respected, learned man said emphatically that he was just a man.  One well-known Bible scholar said this was a Christophany, a pre-incarnate appearance of Christ.  And one beloved friend said it was neither.  I tend to lean toward the last option given the evidence presented in Hebrews 4-10 but that’s not the topic of this post.

Here’s the point that I think ALL of this week’s passages (Genesis 14, Psalms 121, 124, 146, Matthew 11:25-30) are driving at:  GOD MADE EVERYTHING!  The heavens.  The earth.  The sun.  The moon.  The seas and all that is in them.  He made Abraham.  He made you.  He made a host of angelic beings, including Satan.  He can make any kind of priest and priesthood He desires, Levitical or otherwise.  And the purpose of ALL these things is singular: TO BRING GLORY TO GOD MOST HIGH.  

Think of it friends. Jesus is our Great High Priest FOREVER.  According to Matthew 11:27, God the Father has given EVERYTHING over to Him, including the revelation of Himself.  And it isn’t the ones who think they can figure everything out on their own who get it.  It’s little children.  It’s those beset by weakness.  It’s foolish old moon worshippers like Abraham.  It’s the laboring and heavy laden to whom our High Priest offers His rest.  So come to Christ, the Priest of a new and better covenant. Take up His easy yoke.  “And you will find rest for your souls.”

Week 8

Memory Verse:  Psalm 134

Reading #1:  Genesis 14:17-24

Questions:  What 2 important titles does Melchizedek possess?  What 2 important titles do both Melchizedek and Abraham give to the Lord?

Reading #2:  Psalm 121 and 124

Questions:  How does the truth of Psalm 121:2 add assurance to the promise of verse 8?  Have you ever found yourself saying, “If it weren’t for the Lord…” like Psalm 124:1,2? What difference does it make that the helper you have actually made the heavens and the earth?

Reading #3:  Psalm 146

Questions: What distinctions does the Psalmist make between powerful people in verses 3 and 4 and a powerful God in verses 5-10?  How does the truth of verse 6 add assurance to the promises of verses 7-9?

Reading #4:  Matthew 11:25-30

Questions: How does Jesus’ reference to the Father as the Lord of heaven and earth add authority to His statements about who He chooses to hide Himself from and who He chooses to reveal Himself to?  How does the fact that Jesus has been given all things by the Father bring added assurance and comfort to verses 28-30?

Psalms and Hymns

Psalm 121A “The Lord thee keeps; the Lord thy shade on thy right hand doth stay; The moon by night thee shall not smite, nor yet the sun by day.”

Psalm 124 “Our lonely help is in Jehovah’s name, Who made the earth and all the heavenly frame.”

Friday’s Factoid Week 7

Our sky looks blue because our atmosphere scatters the blue light waves but Mercury doesn’t have any atmosphere so the sky is always just black even during the day when the sun is out. Also because there is no atmosphere it gets 800 degrees during the day and -290 degrees at night. Also my friend Benji got to see a SpaceX rocket launch and his mom took this picture (Sam, 9).

Mercury is the fastest planet in our solar system. It goes around the sun 4 times faster than the earth so a year on Mercury is 88 Earth days. But Mercury rotates really slow so a day on Mercury lasts for 59 Earth days. I wrote about Mercury on our blog when I was 7 but I don’t think I knew what I was talking about (Joel, 13).

Here’s that Friday Flashback Joel was talking about and another really yummy one just for fun!